Erik Erlendsson covers the Tampa Bay Lightning for The Tampa Tribune.
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Lightning defenseman Eric Brewer expected to play
Posted Oct 20, 2011 by Erik Erlendsson
Updated Oct 20, 2011 at 12:59 PM
After missing practice on Wednesday, Lightning D Eric Brewer is expected to be in the lineup Thursday when Tampa Bay hosts the New York Islanders.
Brewer, who had back surgery earlier in his career, said he had something crop up on him Tuesday and wanted to make sure nothing new was bothering him.
“It’s just the day-to-day of the season and everybody is going to have something at some point and I just felt that I needed to address,” Brewer said. “I could have practiced (Wednesday) I just wanted to throw a few questions by some people and carry on; I felt fine out there (on the ice Thursday) morning.”
Brewer did not address whether the situation was related to his back or if he took any kind of an injection to alleviate what Lightning coach Guy Boucher referred to as “some swelling” that Brewer experienced.
“I don’t feel any worse than I have and I actually feel a little better,” Brewer said. “It’s not anything I’m scared of or worried about, it’s just how the season goes, you are busy at the start of the season and everybody has a different routine in the fall and I just have to tweak mine a little bit. Once the days start to roll, roll, roll, you just have to get in that.”
Tampa Bay is already without veteran D Mattias Ohlund, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knees last week and could be out until December.
IN AND OUT
Boucher indicated last week that rotating forwards in and out of the lineup was not going to be a long term situation. But with the team struggling to pick up wins (0-3-2 in the past five) he said some experimentation continues to find out what works and who play well together.
That means Mattias Ritola and Ryan Shannon will sit tonight while Blair Jones and Tom Pyatt will play against the Islanders.
“We have a lot of experiments since the beginning of the year, and soon the experiments will end, but it’s something we need to go through whether it brings us wins or loss, we need to go through these experiments,” Boucher said. “We have new guys coming in and some new chemistry, so we need to find that chemistry and every game, every practice we find out more about our guys.”
Shannon will be scratched for the second time in three games, but it has nothing to do with his play, according to Boucher.
“Last game, he played really well and he doesn’t deserve to be taken out,” Boucher said of Shannon. “I only have 12 forwards to put on there and that’s the experiment, we need to know about some other players and we’ll only know if we put them in, so (Shannon) is kind of paying for it but he played really we’ll last game.”