Lightning do the goalie shuffle
The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled goaltender Jonathan Boutin from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis, Executive Vice President and General Manager Jay Feaster announced.
Boutin, 6-foot-2, 192 pounds, has played in 34 games with Norfolk this season and posted a 12-15-3 record with a .902 save percentage and a 3.25 goals-against average. He has also recorded two of the team’s three shutouts.>> team release
In any event, this might be good news in the battle for that top spot in the lottery. Tampa Bay's 4-11-2 in its last 17 games, and is tied with the Kings for the fewest points in the NHL with just 66.
The Lightning has one fewer win than Los Angeles at this point.
I'll update when I know who's starting tonight's game against Florida.
UPDATE Smith's hurt, although no word on how badly. Damian Cristodero has the info and will be following this one, I'm sure.
Keep in mind that Tampa's lack of a legitimate starter may have an impact on the standings, given the fact they face Washington and Carolina twice more.