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Lightning lineup vs. Predators; Vasilevskiy makes debut

Published Sep. 22, 2014

If you're going to the Lightning's first exhibition game Tuesday against the Predators at Amalie Arena, you won't see too many of the veteran front-line players.

Steven Stamkos, Ryan Callahan, Ben Bishop, along with Calder Trophy finalists Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat.

But Tampa Bay will show off some of its young talent, a priority in the first week before AHL camp starts next week.

Alex Killorn, Valtteri Filppula and Brett Connolly will be the top line, headlining the roster. The other forward groups will be Erne-Richard-Vermin/Panik, Namestnikov, Kucherov/Paquette, Angelidis, Marchessault.

On defense, Jason Garrison will make his Lightning debut, having been acquired in June from the Canucks. He will be paired with Andrej Sustr. The other defensive pairings will be Carle-Witkowski/ Barberio, Dotchin.

Vasilevskiy, the touted goalie prospect, will start and likely play most, if not all the game. Kristers Gudlevskis will back him up.

Most of the front-line players and veterans participated in intrasquad scrimmages the past two days, so they got their work in. Stamkos said he hopes to play in three of the six exhibition games, Bishop in 2 1/2. I'd guess most of them would suit up for the next home game, Friday against the Stars.


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