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Lightning forward Paquette a scratch for Game 6

by Dan Rosen /

TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning center Cedric Paquette is a scratch for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers on Tuesday.

Cedric Paquette
Center - TBL
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 0 | PTS: 1
SOG: 8 | +/-: -5
Vladislav Namestnikov, who hasn't played since Game 1, is in the lineup in Paquette's place.

The Lightning lead the best-of-7 series 3-2.

Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said Paquette was "very questionable" during his pregame press conference Tuesday morning.

Paquette was injured blocking a shot with his hand at 4:55 of the first period in Tampa Bay's 2-0 win in Game 5 at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. He returned late in the first period for one shift and played four in the second period, but did not get on the ice in the third period.

He finished the game with eight shifts totaling 5:43 of ice time.

Vladislav Namestnikov
Center - TBL
GOALS: 0 | ASST: 1 | PTS: 1
SOG: 2 | +/-: -2
Paquette has one goal and is a minus-5 in 17 games in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He has won 14 of 38 faceoffs in the Eastern Conference Final.

Namestnikov was centering the third line between J.T. Brown and Ryan Callahan during pregame warmups.

He has one assist and is a minus-2 in 11 games this postseason. He has been scratched in four straight games and six of the past seven. He played 6:52 in Game 1 against New York.

The Lightning will dress 11 forwards and seven defensemen. They are 7-2 with that alignment in the postseason.


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