Vasi in net on St. Louis Night, also concern for Callahan
It’s Marty St. Louis Night tonight when the Lightning retire then raise his No. 26 to the Amalie Arena rafters before facing the Blue Jackets.
Fans are asked to be in the building by 6:30 p.m. Game time will be 8 p.m.
“Hopefully some of the energy from that ceremony will work to our advantage,” coach Jon Cooper said this morning.
The Lightning snapped a four-game losing streak Thursday night with a 3-2 win against the visiting Sabres. Ben Bishop marked his return to the net after missing nine games because of a lower body injury with a 24-save effort.
Cooper expects to field the same lineup tonight, though Andrei Vasilevskiy will be in net.
The team recalled F Erik Condra from AHL Syracuse.
“For a variety of reasons,” Cooper said. “Whether he’s in the lineup or not, we’re heading out west. We need guys. That’s a long way to go.”
The Lightning begin a six-game, 13-day road trip after tonight’s game that begins in Los Angeles.
F Ryan Callahan will miss his third consecutive game tonight. He missed 15 games with issues stemming from his off-season hip surgery then played three games earlier this month before suffering this latest relapse.
When asked this morning if there is concern with Callahan, Cooper said, “There’s lots of concern. It’s tough, especially … let’s move our team aside, it’s Callahan. Everybody knows who follows our team what a gamer he is, his passion to play and to help our team, especially when things haven’t gone as well as we’d have hoped.
“For him to get in for (three games) games and have to be out with some lingering effects with some past issues he’s had, it’s killing the kid, so you feel for him. We’re missing an emotional leader. It’s tough all the way around.”