Tampa Bay Lightning looks to extend two lengthy winning streaks in game against the Jets
The Tampa Bay Lightning has won 11 straight games against the Thrashers/Jets organization. That's the league's longest active winning streak for one team over another. The Lightning also has never lost in 11 previous games on Hockey Fights Cancer Night. Both streaks are on the line tonight at the St. Pete Times Forum.
Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher didn't seem overly impressed
"I never look at that," He said. "Every year is different. It's not about the franchise. It's about the players who are on the ice at that particular moment. If the Boston Red Sox would have thought about the past they would never have won that world championship. So, it's all about today."
And speaking of today, Boucher said he will make some lineup changes. As expected, Dwayne Roloson gets his first start in net since Oct. 17 , when he allowed seven goals on 33 shots. Roloson redeemed himself somewhat in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Predators, stopping all 10 shots he faced in 26 minutes in relief of Mathieu Garon. But Roloson certainly needs a good game to reestablish himself. And let's face it, any time he goes through any kind of slump, people are going to start wondering if the body of the league's oldest player, at 42, can stand up to the rigors of the season.
Roloson said he worked on footwork and movement during his two weeks out of the starting lineup. Goaltenders coach Frantz Jean said he is ready to go. If Roloson can close down the short side that was so vulnerable, especially against the Panthers, he should be in good shape.
Other changes include left wing Ryan Shannon going back into the lineup and Blair Jones coming out. Boucher said he is considering a change on defense as well, which means Bruno Gervais may seem some playing time. Mattias Ritola is out again.
Other stuff from the morning skate: Roloson will use a pink stick to honor Hockey Fights Cancer Night. ... I liked Boucher's response to a question concerning Winnipeg again having a team. "I think it's a great thing," he said. "I've lived those years when they were in the league and I was a youngster watching those games. There have been great players who have been there. It's a great hockey town. I've coached against the Manitoba Moose in the American League and the rink was full of people, an incredible atmosphere. I think it's a great thing that it's back. It's the right thing." ... Defenseman Mattias Ohlund skated very briefly this morning for the first time since arthroscopic surgery on both knees to clean out loose bodies. Boucher said he was "encouraged" but also knows Ohlund's return still is "far away, so I don't want to get too much hope up, for now." ... C Nate Thompson was asked if Halloween was a big deal in Anchorage. He said yes except that you had to wear a winter jacket over your costume because it generally was so cold. Asked how people saw his costume, he said, "You took it off every time you went door to door."