TAMPA, Fla. -- It's likely to be a battle of backup goaltenders when the Tampa Bay Lightning host the New York Rangers on Saturday night.
Rangers coach John Tortorella has tapped Martin Biron to make his first start of the season, while Lightning coach Guy Boucher is expected to let Mathieu Garon start the second half of the team's back-to-back weekend set.
This will be Biron's first start of the season in place of Henrik Lundqvist, who started the team's first seven games.
“We have a philosophy about playing goaltenders and we’ll stick to it,” Tortorella said. “We felt really comfortable how we used our goalies last year and we didn’t stray from that. We’ll do the same this year. We have two good ones.”
The Lightning lead the NHL in goals scored with 37. That total easily exceeds the combined efforts of the Nashville Predators and the Los Angeles Kings, who have scored 12 goals each.
After scoring three power-play goals Friday night against the Winnipeg Jets, the Lightning have scored 11 times out of 26 extra-man opportunities on home ice, good for a 42.3-percent success rate.
That display of scoring prowess now has Tampa Bay looking to earn its sixth straight win and wrap up a five-game homestand with a perfect 5-0-0 record.
“It’s the best power play we’ve seen this year,” Tortorella said. “They’ve got some good people. We need to be a disciplined team. You need to respect them.”
The Lightning did not hold a morning skate Saturday after routing the Jets 8-3 on Friday night.
In keeping with the season-long celebration of the Lightning’s 20th anniversary season, former player Brad Richards and former coach Tortorella, who won the Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay in 2004, will be honored during the game.
But Tortorella was in no mood to honor, or be honored, Saturday morning. Asked about a former player, Tortorella was quick to snap.
“I don’t want to talk about them,” he said. “Not at all.”
Here are the lineups each team is expected to use Saturday night.
Ryan Malone – Steven Stamkos – Martin St. Louis
Cory Conacher – Vincent Lecavalier – Teddy Purcell
Adam Hall – Nate Thompson – B.J. Crombeen
Tom Pyatt – Benoit Pouliot – Dana Tyrell
Eric Brewer – Matthew Carle
Victor Hedman – Sami Salo
Brian Lee – Keith Aulie
Scratches: Pierre-Cedric Labrie, Marc-Andre Bergeron
Injured: Brendan Mikkelson
NEW YORK RANGERS
Brad Richards – Rick Nash – Marian Gaborik
Carl Hagelin – Derek Stepan – Taylor Pyatt
Mike Rupp – Brian Boyle – Benn Ferriero
Arron Asham – Jeff Halpern – Stu Bickel
Marc Staal – Michael Del Zotto
Dan Girardi – Ryan McDonagh
Anton Stralman – Matt Gilroy
Scratched: Steve Eminger
Injured: Ryan Callahan