Thursday, July 19, 2018
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No Lightning-Panthers makeup

Thursday's Lightning-Panthers preseason game, which was called off Wednesday due to Hurricane Matthew, will not be made up.

Both teams were interested in rescheduling, partly because they wanted to get their regulars in one more game before the regular season opens next week. They looked at alternatives, including Monday, but nothing worked out.

The Lightning's preseason ends Saturday at home against the Predators. Its regular season starts Oct. 13 against the Red Wings.

Coach Jon Cooper said the cancellation didn't mess up the Lightning's plans much, believing it might be a blessing in disguise as the Lightning gets more practice time. Tampa Bay practiced in Estero on Thursday and planned to skate today in Tampa.

The cancellation does mean that prospects such as forwards Brayden Point and Joel Vermin, who are battling for roster spots, will have one fewer showcase. Expect most of Tampa Bay's regular lineup to play Saturday.

"We still have Saturday's game to evaluate," Cooper said. "We'll take a strong look at some guys. There are guys we have had on our team, or in camp before, and have a pretty good read on them. That's a big help for us in the sense that our team remained in tact the last couple years.

"We do lose a chance for some of these guys to get a game under their belt, but we'll see if they can strut their stuff on Saturday."

Lightning reassigns Gudlevskis: Goalie Kristers Gudlevskis was sent to AHL Syracuse. The Lightning has 27 players left in training camp.

Around the league: Kings wing Marian Gaborik was put on injured reserve with a broken right foot suffered while playing for Europe in last month's World Cup. Gaborik is expected to be out at least eight weeks

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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