BRANDON – Several new faces, including free agent acquisitions and recent draftees, will appear for the Lightning on Wednesday when the team takes on Carolina Hurricanes 7 p.m. at PNC Arena in Raleigh.
Free agent signings Kevin Shattenkirk and Luke Schenn are in the lineup to make their first appearances with Tampa Bay. Nolan Foote, Tampa Bay’s first-round selection in the 2019 draft, will also play his first game.
Pat Maroon, another free agent signing who appeared in Wednesday’s morning skate on a forward line with Alex Barre-Boulet and Gemel Smith, was scratched from the lineup in favor of defenseman Cal Foote.
The late change gives the Lightning 11 forwards and seven defenseman, which could set Luke Witkowski up to play forward. The natural defenseman played forward with Detroit. If that’s the case, he could slide into Maroon’s spot in the morning skate.
Witkowski, who was drafted by Tampa Bay in 2008 and appeared in 54 games with the Lightning, returns to the organization after spending the last two years with the Red Wings. He signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Lightning as a free agent this offseason.
Forwards Cory Conacher, Alex Barre-Boulet and Taylor Raddysh return to the lineup after appearing in Tuesday night’s game at Amalie Arena, a 3-0 loss to Carolina.
Lightning lineups for Wednesday:
Cory Conacher – Nolan Foote – Otto Somppi
Luke Witkowski (?) – Alex Barre-Boulet – Gemel Smith
Boris Katchouk – Jimmy Huntington – Taylor Raddysh
Carter Verhaeghe – Chris Mueller – Alexander Volkov
Luke Schenn – Dominik Masin
Mikhail Sergachev – Cal Foote (?)
Nolan Valleau – Kevin Shattenkirk