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NHL Game Night 10/29: Lightning at Rangers

OK, I'm officially concerned with how the team is performing on the road.

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Johan Holmqvist played well stopping 32 of 35 shots in the loss, although he had the benefit of several posts and crossbars.

First Period
NY Rangers 7:40, Nigel Dawes 3 (Paul Mara, Brendan Shanahan)

Second Period
Tampa Bay 6:28, Vincent Lecavalier 6 (penalty shot)

Third Period
NY Rangers 10:45, Jaromir Jagr 3 (power play) (Michal Rozsival, Chris Drury)
NY Rangers 13:29, Brendan Shanahan 2 (power play) (Chris Drury, Jaromir Jagr)

Smaby Recalled; Boyle to Return

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.com’s “Insider” 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.

CHL, BCHL Game Night 10/28: Quiet Night for TB Prospects

Results from Lewiston, Seattle, Lethbridge, and Victoria on the flip.

ECHL Game Day 10/28: Pensacola @ Mississippi

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.

Bolt Prospects 2007-2008 Preliminary Rankings

It’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 Lightning’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.

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