TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mark Barberio is making his 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs debut Friday in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers at Amalie Arena. He was a healthy scratch for Tampa Bay's first 16 games.
Barberio is in the lineup because Lightning defenseman Matt Carle is out with an undisclosed injury he sustained in the first period of a 6-5 overtime win in Game 3 on Wednesday.
The Lightning lead the best-of-7 series 2-1.
Tampa Bay is dressing seven defensemen and 11 forwards for the third straight game. The Lightning are 6-1 in the playoffs when using seven defensemen.
Barberio had no points and a minus-2 rating in two playoff games last season against the Montreal Canadiens. He had seven points in 52 games in the regular season.