Preseason is Over, The Real Tests Begin

The Lightning capped a generally encouraging preseason last night with a 5 to 1 drubbing of the Atlanta Thrashers. The Bolts finish off their 2009-2010 preseason with a record of 4 wins. 3 losses, with 1 win and 1 loss coming in overtime. The overtime loss came in a game against Dallas where none of our superstars were dressed. The game went to a shootout where Brad Richards tallied the game winner. Go figure!

After two years of hard to watch hockey, the Bolts seem to have put together a team that will compete in the quite strong Eastern Conference. Today a few roster moves were announced. Right wing Adam Hall, right wing Brandon Bochenski, and center Ryan Craig were all put on waivers. This mixes up what my brother and I thought would be our third line this season, but I am happy to be wrong on this one. Adam Hall had 10 points in 72 games with us last season, and Craig had similarly unimpressive numbers throughout his career in Tampa. With the departure of these three gentlemen, the roster lines might look a little something like this, with the 3rd and fourth lines obviously up for interpretation…

1- Vincent Lecavalier, Alex Tanguay, Steve Downie

2- Steven “40 Goals” Stamkos (who had 2 powerplay goals last night against the Trashers), Marty St. Louis, Ryan Malone

3- Jeff Halpern, Zenon Kenopka, Stephane Veilleux

4 - Todd Fedoruk, Drew Miller, James Wright

Our Defense is going to be a little more of a challenge with 11 d-men worthy of a shot. I’ll come back to this one later.

The first game of the regular season is this Saturday night against Atlanta. Hopefully we can continue our preseason dominance over their unimpressive squad.

Oh and this photo has nothing to do with what I just wrote, but look at it! Smitty is crushing some jamoke in an exhibition game last year. BOTH SKATES ARE OFF THE ICE!! You can’t not like this guy!

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Tags: Alex Tanguay Atlanta Thrasher Drew Miller James Wright Jeff Halpern Marty St. Louis Ryan Malone Stephane Veilleux Steve Downie Steven "40 Goals" Stamkos Tampa Bay Lightning Todd Fedoruk Vincent Lecavalier Zenon Kenopka

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