TAMPA, Fla. -- This is the first of five straight home games for the Tampa Bay Lightning -- the team's longest homestand of the season.
“For us, this is one game. [Friday night], we are playing the Ottawa Senators,” Lightning coach Guy Boucher said. “That’s all I’m focusing on. This game. Period.”
Vincent Lecavalier will be honored before the game for playing in his 1,000th NHL game Monday night in Uniondale against the New York Islanders. This will be the first home game since Lecavalier reached his milestone.
The Lightning will hold an eight-minute ceremony prior to the game during which his teammates will present gifts and the team will honor him with the traditional inscribed silver stick. Lecavalier is expecting 35 friends and family members to be in attendance.
The Senators are undefeated after three games and have yielded two goals, but will have a slightly different look against the Lightning. Coach Paul MacLean announced after the team's skate Friday that forward Kaspars Daugavins and defenseman Mark Borowiecki will replace Guillaume Latendresse and Patrick Wiercioch in the lineup. Latendresse reportedly has a minor injury, while Wiercioch appears to be a healthy scratch.
Ottawa goaltender Ben Bishop will get the call in net, his first start of the season. Bishop collected his first win with the Senators against the Lightning, a 7-3 victory on March 6, 2012.
“That’s got to help,” Bishop said. “It’s a good memory.”
Martin St. Louis – Steven Stamkos – Ryan Malone
Cory Conacher – Vincent Lecavalier – Teddy Purcell
Nate Thompson – Adam Hall – B.J. Crombeen
Tom Pyatt – Benoit Pouliot
Eric Brewer – Matt Carle
Victor Hedman – Sami Salo
Brian Lee – Marc-Andre Bergeron
Scratched: Dana Tyrell, Pierre-Cedric Labrie, Brendan Mikkelson
NOTE: Tampa Bay will dress 11 forwards and seven defensemen.
MacLean told reporters he wasn't sure how the Senators' lineup would shake out because of the two changes. Latendresse had been skating on Ottawa's second line with Kyle Turris and Daniel Alfredsson, while Wiercioch had been part of the team's third defense pairing with Andre Benoit.
Milan Michalek – Jason Spezza – Jakob Silfverberg
Kaspars Daugavins – Kyle Turris – Daniel Alfredsson
Colin Greening – Zack Smith – Chris Neil
Peter Regin – Jim O’Brien – Erik Condra
Erik Karlsson – Marc Methot
Sergei Gonchar – Chris Phillips
Andre Benoit – Mark Borowiecki