March 4, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier (4) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Pittsburgh Penguins won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Lightning Captain Vincent Lecavalier to Return to the Lineup Tonight Against the Hurricanes

We have some good news to report to you this rainy game day! It has been confirmed today that Captain Vincent Lecavalier will be rejoining the Tampa Bay Lightning lineup tonight at the PNC Arena as they take on Eric Staal and the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Lightning center has been on Injured Reserve since March 12th when he was knocked to the ice late in the game against the in-state rival Florida Panthers.

This is not the first injury that the captain has sustained this season. On February 2nd, during the final seconds of the Lightning’s 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers, defenseman Sami Salo fired a slap shot from the blue line that made contact with Lecavalier’s leg, leaving him with a nasty bone bruise.

During the 26 games that the Captain has suited up for this season, he has netted 7 goals and 15 assists for a total of 22 points, and a plus-1 rating.

In a time when the team is plagued by quite a large number of injuries, it is a light of hope to see the Captain back on the ice.

Now it is time for the Bolts to charge into Raleigh and quell the storm, sending the divisional rival Hurricanes back to their locker room with a Big “L”.


Are you happy to see Vinny back out on the ice? What do you think he brings to the lineup that no one else can? Let us know in the comments below.

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