St. Louis plans to wear visor rest of career
Lightning wing Marty St. Louis acknowledges it's still an adjustment wearing a protective cage over his face during games, something he'll have to do for about a month.
But St. Louis, 35, said Tuesday he plans to always wear a visor even after he can take the cage off, having learned his lesson getting hit in the face with an errant puck Dec. 8. That forced him to miss five games, snapping his consecutive games streak at 499.
"I've been told all the time to wear a visor, and until something bad happens, it really wakes you up," St. Louis said. "Sometimes you're a prisoner of your own habits, and I've never wore one so it became my worst enemy in that regard, almost convincing yourself that you can't wear one. When something bad happens, it just kind of activates the process of putting one on."
St. Louis said he isn't feeling any pain, and his conditioning is back where he wants it to be, but the protective cage has impacted his vision.
"It just feels like I lose a lot of pucks in my skate because of the chin, it feels like there's always people on you when there isn't," St. Louis said. "I just got to get used to it."
Other stuff from the morning skate: G Mathieu Garon will be in net again for the Lightning, with coach Guy Boucher saying it's more of riding his solid streak vs. what Dwayne Roloson has been doing. Boucher praised Roloson for having a great attitude and work ethic in practice, even when he's not playing in the games....Boucher said D Matt Gilroy is available tonight, but is a game-time decision.....C Nate Thompson (lower body) is getting better and better every day, but he's likely out tonight, but possible for Thursday....Boucher was impressed with what RW James Wyman for what he's done since getting called up..."I would honestly say that I think it's the best game by a call-up in a year and half," Boucher said. "He played very, very good, very smart, very physical. He's a big guy that skates and he's like a clock. Everything it's just you ask him, something you get exactly that."
-- JOE SMITH