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Ilves Falls 4-1 to Jokerit

In Finland today, Tuuka Rask stopped just 25 of 29 shots faced as Ilves Tampere lost to Jokerit 4-1. Ilves' next game is in two days against SaiPa. Is this perhaps the opportunity for Lightning prospect [url=riku-helenius]Riku Helenius[/url] to make his first start of the year?

Erlendsson Speculates on First Cuts

First cuts [url=http://www.tboblogs.com/index.php/sports/related/C189/]are expected to come down Tuesday before the team leaves for its first exhibition games and according to Erik Erlendsson of the Trib's blog[/url] the team should make around 20 reassignments at that time. Erlendsson speculates the first 21 cuts will be: Marek Bartanus, [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url], [url=dane-crowley]Dane Crowley[/url], Geoff Waugh (tryout), Brandon Elliott, [url=chris-lawrence]Chris Lawrence[/url], [url=zbynek-hrdel]Zbynek Hrdel[/url], [url=radek-smolenak]Radek Smolenak[/url], Clayton Barthel (tryout), [url=jay-rosehill]Jay Rosehill[/url], [url=marek-kvapil]Marek Kvapil[/url], Doug Andress (Chiefs invitee), Dan Cavanaugh (Falcons invitee), John Adams (Falcons invitee), [url=adam-henrich]Adam Henrich[/url], [url=justin-keller]Justin Keller[/url], Zdenek Blatny (Falcons invitee), [url=pj-atherton]P.J. Atherton[/url] (Falcons invitee), Sylvain Dufrense (Falcons invitee), [url=karri-ramo]Kari Ramo[/url], [url=gerald-coleman]Gerald Coleman[/url] Erlendsson expects [url=andy-rogers]Andy Rogers[/url], [url=stanislav-lascek]Stanislav Lascek[/url] and [url=darren-reid]Darren Reid[/url] to stay in camp as a consequence of their injuries. That would mean the following prospects/overage prospects would get an exhibition game: [url=mitch-fritz]Mitch Fritz[/url], [url=nick-tarnasky]Nick Tarnasky[/url], [url=norm-milley]Norm Milley[/url], [url=nick-tarnasky]Nick Tarnasky[/url], Eric Perrin, Eric Healey, [url=vladimir-mihalik]Vladimir Mihalik[/url], [url=mike-egener]Mike Egener[/url], [url=matt-smaby]Matt Smaby[/url] and [url=jonathan-boutin]Jonathan Boutin[/url]. According to Erlendsson, Kvapil, Jones, Blatny, Elliot, Ramo and Coleman are the team's bubble players for the first round of exhibition games.

Scrimmages Day Three

Box scores for the third day of scrimmages [url=http://www.tampabaylightning.com/tbl/content.cfm?pageid=1710]are now up on Tampabaylightning.com:[/url] Team Black pummelled Team Red 6-1 behind the strength of a Dimitry Afanasenkov hat trick. Martin St. Louis had 2 goals and an assist and Brad Richards had 3 assists. Mitch Fritz also chipped in a goal for Team Black while Doug Janik had a helper. Eric Perrin had Team Red's lone goal, his first point of the scrimmages, off assists from [url=marek-kvapil]Marek Kvapil[/url] and Chiefs invitee Doug Andress. Johan Holmqvist stopped 21 of 22 for the win while Marc Denis allowed 6 goals on 19 shots for the loss. In the day's other matchup, Team Blue remained undefeated in a 4-3 shootout victory. Team Blue was paced by Nikita Alexeev's 2 goals and 1 assist while [url=ryan-craig]Ryan Craig[/url] had 1 goal and 2 assists. Team Blue's shootout winner was scored by Zdenek Blatny and Andreas Karlsson also had a helper in the game. For Team White, Eric Healey broke out with 2 goals and an assist with [url=radek-smolenak]Radek Smolenak[/url] scoring the team's other goal. Vaclav Prospal had 2 assists with individual helpers going to Vincent Lecavalier, Brandon Elliot, and tryout invitee Clayton Barthel. [url=gerald-coleman]Gerald Coleman[/url] stopped 27 of 30 in the shootout loss. [url=jonathan-boutin]Jonathan Boutin[/url] stopped 8 of 9 in 20 minutes of play before giving way to [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url] who stopped 9 of 11 before winning in penalty shots. Boutin still leads all camp goaltenders in save percentage by a wide margin. Alexeev leads the tournament in scoring with 8 points and is tied with Martin St. Louis for the tournament lead in goals with 4. Brad Richards and Ryan Craig are tied for tops in assists at 5 a piece.

Monday's Superleague Scores

[url=denis-kazionov]Denis Kazionov[/url] was a scratch today in Tver's 4-3 win over CSKA. Albert Vishnyakov was scoreless in Dynamo's 2-0 loss to Chekhov. The match was just Vishnyakov's second of the season.

Scrimmage Day 2 Observations

Lack of eyewitness accounts from yesterday drove me over there. Decent crowd showed. I doubt as many as yesterday. The prospect camp featured much more physical play and was more enjoyable to watch. From what I saw, nobody should have suffered more than a scratch. Playoff intensity it was not. Fast paced it was, particularly the Red/White game. I got to see some prospects I've never seen before and I enjoyed that aspect of the trip. I'll do this by team. Red: Tarnasky - He played as physical as anyone today. He hanging in there in his quest to make the big club. Milley - I'm not sure what puts him ahead of some of the others for this spot. I would think we would look for some toughness here, especially if this is the spot that will split time with Delmore. I didn't see his goal, the assist was on an empty netter.
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