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.
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