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As first reported yesterday, Dwayne Roloson will make his first start for his new team tonight after being traded from the Islanders to the Lightning over the weekend. Semyon Varlamov is expected to get the nod from coach Bruce Boudreau, as he has won three consecutive and was just named the NHL's first star of the week.
In terms of lineup changes for the Caps, only one is expected, as Tom Poti has recovered sufficiently from his head injury and is "almost certain" to play tonight. If he does, that means John Erskine will join Tyler Sloan and DJ King in the press box as the scratches. Poti has not played since December 23 when he took a stick from Mark Letestu up high in the first Penguins game. He has proven to be an instrumental piece of the Caps' defense and he and Jeff Schultz will be crucial to shutting down Vinny Lecavalier, as John Carlson and Karl Alzner will likely draw the Bolts' top unit with Steven Stamkos.
Puck drops 7:07-ish. Check back later.