Yahoo! Sports is reporting the Lightning has recalled defenseman Matt Smaby from Norfolk.
Smaby will not play tonight, however, as Damian Cristodero reports in his St. Pete Times blog that it looks as though Dan Boyle will return to action tonight.
Cristodero states Doug Janik was slated to be the sixth defenseman tonight even though it is Smaby's "turn," because Smaby is coming off playing four straight days. Janik, however, was practicing with the injured players and scratches and not the starters--a group that included Smaby.
Update: tampabaylightning.comâ€™s â€œInsiderâ€ is reporting Boyle was removed from the injured reserve list and will play.
With Boyle and Smaby both active and with the Lightning, the club now must decide which defenseman, Smaby or Janik, goes to Norfolk.
For more, please see Damian Cristodero's SPT blog.
Results from Lewiston, Seattle, Lethbridge, and Victoria on the flip.
Radek Smolenak finally broke the scoresheet for Lightning prospects as his point shot on the power play was banged home by Travis Lisabeth. Mississippi had started the season 0-for-15 on the power play. The Sea Wolves would ultimately earn their first victory of the 2007-2008 season with a 4-3 shootout win over the visiting Pensacola Ice Pilots. Zbynek Hrdel was held off the score sheet for the second consecutive game, while Marek Kvapil was apparent scratch for the contest. Neither Smolenak nor Hrdel was used by Mississippi head coach Steffon Walby during the shootout, with Travis Lisabeth finally converting as Walby's sixth shooter.
Itâ€™s been a lengthy evaluation process but the time is finally here!
Today, Bolt Prospects is releasing its Preliminary Rankings for the 2007-2008 season. Due to the addition of the Lightningâ€™s 2007 draftees, who will be appearing in the rankings for the first time, we have re-expanded the list back to 25. Seven players who have never appeared in the rankings make their debut this Fall.
Kind of a heartbreaker. They probably deserved a point out of this one.
Jonathan Boutin stopped 27 of 30 shots faced but took the loss allowing a bad short side goal in the third that was the decider.
PHI Matsumoto, (5) (Bartulis, Greentree), 10:52 (PP)
NOR Fletcher, (1) (Klinkhammer, Lawrence), 16:41 (PP)
PHI Tolpeko, (1) (Matsumoto, Greentree), 19:30
NOR Leach, (1) , 17:10
PHI Ruzicka, (4) (Zingoni), 6:38
Anton But had an assist as St. Petersburg fell to Khabarovsk 3-2.
Denis Kazionov did not play in Novokuznetsk's 4-1 win over Nizhnekamsk.
Lightning Russian Prospect Statistics Through 10/28/07
LW Alexei Glukhov (Cherepovets), 22 GP, 3-10-13, 24 PIM, +2
C Dimitri Kazionov (Kazan), 22 GP, 5-4-9, 24 PIM, -5
LW Anton But (St. Petersburg), 22 GP, 3-6-9, 18 PIM, +3
RW Evgeny Artyukhin (Omsk), 19 GP, 3-2-5, 40 PIM, -1
LW Albert Visnyakov (Spartak), 8 GP, 2-0-2, 14 PIM, -3
C Denis Kazionov (Novokuznetsk), 8 GP, 0-0-0, 8 PIM, -2
G Vasily Koshechkin, 4-10-1, 0 SO, 2.85 GAA
Providence 3 @ Massachusetts 3 ot
D UMASS John Wessbecker 0-0-0, -1, 1 shot
UMASS (2-2-2) out shot the Friars 40-28 but settled for the tie as Providence (1-4-1) scored with six seconds left in the third. Wessbecker and the Minutemen host Merrimack (3-1-0) next Saturday.
Boston University 2 @ #3 Michigan 6
D Mich Kevin Quick 0-1-1, +3, 2 shots
Quick picked up his first collegiate point and finished a +3 in the win over a struggling BU team. Michigan (5-1-0) heads to Nebraska-Omaha (1-2-0) for a two game CCHA series with the Mavericks next weekend.
- Fadden a Second Star
- Multi-point night for Courtnall
- Tough night in net for Jung
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The Reading Royals played spoiler to the return of hockey to the Gulf Coast after a two-year hiatus following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The Royals peppered former Lightning prospect Morgan Cey with 44 shots enroute to a decisive 5-2 victory over the Mississippi Sea Wolves. Lightning prospects have been held off the scoresheet in the Wolves' first three games
We was robbed.
Johan Holmqvist stopped 22 of 26 in taking the overtime loss. The Lightning were the victims of two controversial calls/non calls in the game.
Tampa Bay 3:25, Vaclav Prospal 9 (Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis)
Tampa Bay 4:45, Michel Ouellet 2 (Chris Gratton, Mathieu Darche)
Buffalo 9:30, Maxim Afinogenov 2 (Thomas Vanek, Nathan Paetsch)
Buffalo 14:28, Paul Gaustad 3 (power play) (Tim Connolly, Brian Campbell)
Tampa Bay 6:14, Vincent Lecavalier 5 (power play) (Martin St. Louis, Brad Richards)
Buffalo 13:13, Nathan Paetsch 1 (Jason Pominville, Jochen Hecht)
Buffalo 4:19, Thomas Vanek 3 (unassisted)