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THE LIGHTNING INSIDER

Monday, 09.24.2007 / 3:23 PM / Lightning Insider
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THE LIGHTNING INSIDER
Let Tampabaylightning.com become your destination for all the latest Lightning scoops. The Lightning Insider will be in the stands, in the locker room and on the road with the team throughout the 2007-08 season to provide you with a positive look at the Bolts as they pursue Lord Stanley’s hardware. Our resident snoop will post the latest following practices and morning skates, and he’ll make sure you’re the first to know when the Lightning are making news.
Lineups for tonight:

Lightning
Vaclav Prospal-Brad Richards-Martin St. Louis
Jan Hlavac-Andreas Karlsson-Jason Ward
Andre Roy-Craig MacDonald-Nick Tarnasky
Mathie Darche-Kyle Wanvig

Paul Ranger-Brad Lukowich
Shane O'Brien-Filip Kuba
Doug Janik-Bryce Lampman
Mike Lundin

Karri Ramo
Johan Holmqvist

Red Wings
4    D     Kyle Quincey
8    C     Matt Ellis
15  D     Jassen Cullimore
20  RW  Aaron Downey
21  LW   Igor Grigorenko
22  D     Brett Lebda
26  RW  Jiri Hudler
29  C     Mark Cullen
30  G     Chris Osgood
31  G     Adam Berkhoel
34  LW   Neil Clark
42  RW  Mattias Ritola
44  C     Mark Hartigan
47  RW  Evan McGrath
50  LW  Johan Ryno
51  C     Valtteri Filppula
52  D    Jonathan Ericsson
55  D    Niklas Kronwall
75  D    Brent Sopel
93  LW  Johan Franzen

The Lightning will go with an extra defenseman tonight and give Vinny Lecavalier and Michel Ouellet a little more time to rest. The good news is John Tortorella said Lecavalier will be fine and they just don’t want to rush him. He also said Ouellet should get in the lineup during the two-game preseason trip to Detroit and Dallas. Ryan Craig’s back spasms continue to keep him out of action as well.

Karri Ramo gets the nod in goal tonight, and Tortorella said the only thing he doesn’t like about the team’s short five-game preseason schedule is that he doesn’t have more games to evaluate the goaltenders.

Paul Ranger and Brad Lukowich are paired in Dan Boyle’s absence, while Shane O’Brien stays with Filip Kuba. Tortorella said he expects Boyle will be back within a month after his surgery Sunday because the tendons that were severed controlled the thumb on his top hand, and he should already be able to grip a stick. Speaking of the defensemen, Tortorella said Boyle’s injury could provide an opportunity for Bryce Lampman and Mike Lundin, who are in the lineup tonight, to play their way into a roster spot. He also said they want to take a longer look at Matt Smaby.