Cedrick Desjardins gets the start in net for the Tampa Bay Lightning vs. the Canadiens
As expected, Cedrick Desjardins will get the start in net tonight for the Tampa Bay Lightning against the Canadiens. It will be Desjardins third NHL game. His previous two came with Tampa Bay during the 2010-11 season. He won both, allowing one goal in each game.
Desjardins declined to speak to the media after Saturday's morning skate, but coach Guy Boucher said it was a natural game to put Desjardins in. Boucher said with Mathieu Garon "Very close" to returning from a lower body injury, this might be the only chance he has to see Desjardins as part of the organization's effort to better evaluate what it has in the minor leagues.
"Just like what we've been doing since the beginning, we're playing our young guys, that's with all positions," Boucher said. "We want this organization to grow and advance in the right direction. We don't want to wait. We want to see what our young guys have."
Desjardins, 27, has had nothing but success in the minors and with AHL Syracuse, after he was acquired last month for goalie Dustin Tokarski, he was 4-2-0 with a 1.85 goals-against average and .928 save percentage.
Boucher said the fact that Desjardins played parts of five seasons with Montreal's AHL affiliate and was traded by the Canadiens had no bearing on tonight's start.
"I just want to go out there and give everything I've got and leave it on the ice," Desjardins said Friday. "I want to open doors. I want to push the coach to put me out there for another game."
Other stuff from the morning skate: Defensemen Marc-Andre Bergeron and Brendan Mikkelson and forward Adam Hall are scratched. ... Former Lightning enforcer Andre Roy was at the Times Forum working for the Canadian television network RDS. Roy called his time in Tampa "my favorite place in my whole career. The 'we want Roy' chant, that will be in my heart and mind for the rest of my life." ... Former Lightning goalie Marc Denis, also working for RDS as an analyst, was at the skate. ... With the Lightning power play on a 7-for-61 streak during its 4-12-1 run and 3-for-28 at home, Boucher had the units practicing during the morning skate. But the coach said no changes are necessary, except figuring out how to bury the puck. "It's mix of the goaltender playing well and us not aiming right," he said. "We're not going to change the plays. We're just going to make sure we're better at them."