After Smith performed well in the Lightning's loss, everybody again knew that the 29-year-old would be back in the crease for Game 6. Once again, Boucher is throwing a curveball.
The Tampa Bay head coach announced Tuesday that Roloson will be his starting goaltender when the Lightning fight for their hockey lives Wednesday night at the St. Pete Times Forum, according to multiple reports.
Roloson, 41, started the first four games of the series, but he was pulled in Game 4 after allowing three goals on nine first-period shots. He has just an .862 save percentage and a 4.43 goals-against average this series.
Boucher's word, however, is hardly gospel, as he's acted like hockey's version of Bill Belichick throughout the series in an attempt to keep the media — and the opposition — from figuring out his plans.