Usually fans can get a good idea what the Lightning are thinking in terms of line combos by how players are arranged to start training camp scrimmages. Looking a few entries into Erik Erlendssonâ€™s blog
, he lists the frontrunners for the third and fourth lines.
According to Erlendsson, of the [i]Tampa Tribune[/i], the Lightning have placed Ryan Craig
with Andreas Karlsson, which is of no surprise, because we've heard all off-season that they want the third line to be a scoring line and for Karlsson to help make that happen. Speculation centers around who will be the other winger on that line, with candidates including Nick Tarnasky
, Rob DiMaio, Norm Milley, Darren Reid
, Nikita Alexeev
, Eric Perrin
, and a few others. The Lightning are giving a prime opportunity to Alexeev here, it seems, as a line of Craig-Karlsson-Alexeev is set to compete in scrimmages. Reid is scheduled to play on this team in scrimmages.
The other line battle fans have been mulling over is the more physical and/or offensively capable fourth line.