A quick check in from Long Island today as the Bolts prepare for a 1:00 p.m. game against the Islanders. The team had a 2 p.m. charter to Farmingdale, New York yesterday and had the rest of the night to relax at the hotel and get some dinner. I’m not going to throw anyone under the bus, but a couple of the traveling media were a tad late to the plan. Guess it is the first road trip in a while!
There will be one minor line-up change today from Saturday’s winning roster. Marc-Andre Bergeron will sit out and Pierre-Cedric Labrie will make his season debut as Guy Boucher elects to go with six defensemen. Boucher said the decision to sit Bergeron came down to how good Keith Aulie played last game. He couldn’t take the big D-man out. Anders Lindback gets the start again. In talking with the media today and Boucher didn’t rule out him playing him tomorrow as well depending on how things go today. With the early start today there is more time for him to recover.
The Lightning haven’t had a lot of success here in Long Island recently so Boucher changed things up. He started by taking the bus, which he normally walks across the parking lot to the rink. Then he changed offices near the Lightning locker room. Hopefully it works!
After the game today the team will get on the plane and head to Raleigh, North Carolina for tomorrow’s game against the Hurricanes.
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Thing to Keep an Eye On: As previously mentioned, the Lightning have not had a lot of success here. They lost both meetings here by a combined score of 7-10 last season.
On the Rise: Vincent Lecavalier. The captain plays his 1,000th NHL game tonight. Probably the most impressive thing is that he has done it with the same team. He is the 280th player in NHL history to play 1,000 and just the eighth active player to have done it with the same team.
Absent Minded: Islanders coach Jack Capuano was not behind the bench in the Islanders’ opening game against the Devils. He was in the hospital with kidney stones.