Could Marty St. Louis' consecutive games' streak be in jeopardy?

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Update 7:00: Looks like St. Louis WILL play tonight, as he's not on the list of official scratches. How much he plays, considering his condition, remains to be seen. Figured it would take a lot to keep this guy out of a game.

Update 6:30: St. Louis came out for pre-game warm-ups briefly, but then skated off the ice and has not returned.

Developing: Lightning right wing Marty St. Louis did not travel with the team this morning to Atlanta due to an apparently serious stomach illness, and coach Guy Boucher said he's unsure if the veteran will play against the Thrashers.

The team practiced without the assistant captain during a morning skate at Philips Arena, though, word is that St. Louis is on a commercial flight now to Atlanta which is due to arrive around 2 p.m. Boucher said if he does  play, he's unsure how much energy he'll have, which is why the Lightning is going with 12 forwards and six defensemen tonight.

St. Louis has played in a franchise-record 425 consecutive games, the fourth longest active streak in the NHL, so it will take a lot to keep him out of a game. Boucher didn't know how sick St. Louis was until he got a call this morning on the way to make the team's 8:30 a.m. charter flight.

"I got (the call) coming to the airport," Boucher said. "'How you doing coach? Good, and you?' 'Well, you might not feel so good after this.' Obviously it's Marty, so we need him."

*The good news is Boucher said C Mattias Ritola is good to go for tonight. G Dan Ellis will be in net.

-- JOE SMITH

joesmith@sptimes.com

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 12:15am]

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