Even the airlines are against the Lightning
The Lightning just cannot catch a break on any level.
Apparently, Josef Melichar's flight from Norfolk was delayed and the defenseman, who cleared re-entry waivers Tuesday, will not play for Tampa Bay against the Thrashers. That means David Koci is the sixth defenseman, though he likely won't play much, meaning Steve Eminger, Cory Murphy, Marek Malik, Lukas Krajicek and Matt Smaby will have most of the minutes.
Paul Ranger (upper body), hurt during Saturday's victory over the Islanders, did not play, and, truthfully, we weren't sure Smaby would play after seeing him walking around the locker room with a boot on his right foot after the morning skate.