Rudolfs Balcers was included in the fourth shift of the “Lightning” practice squad tonight. He worked with exchange partners Pat Maroons (0+2 in 17 games this season) and Pierre-Edouard Bellemart (0+2 in 17 games).
Regular third baseman Cole Kepke, who sat out the previous game due to injury, did not participate in practice. In his place, the experienced Corey Perry has been promoted to the third shift.
“Lightning” assistant coach Jeff Blashill told the media after practice that guard Zek Boghosyan is expected to be on the field tomorrow night against Nashville. On the other hand, the injured strikers Kepke, Kel Foote and Nick Perbik will most likely not be able to play tomorrow.
All three of them have a “day-to-day return” status, which will change the lineups again.
Balcer has not played an NHL game since November 10th, when he was still representing Florida. He had four points (2+2) in 14 games for the Panthers.