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Boyle to play more minutes. Youngsters paired on blue line



Defenseman Dan Boyle, who was mostly regulated to power play and 4-on-4 minutes in his return from a freak wrist injury Monday, will not be limited tonight as the Lightning face the Devils.

After playing most of the season rotating the defensemen around, Lightning coach John Tortorella said he will use some fixed blue-line pair ups. Paul Ranger will play with Filip Kuba. Boyle will play with Brad Lukowich on another line.

Tortorella feels comfortable pairing two youngsters together: Shane O' Brien (24) with Mike Lundin (22) on the blue line. The emergence of Lundin, who has gone from playing at the team's rookie camp in Traverse City to 20 minutes of ice time, combined with the disappointing play of the veteran Lukowich has been one of the surprising stories in the first month of the season.

[Last modified: Sunday, August 16, 2009 4:38pm]


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