Late nights out West

DALLAS - SEPTEMBER 21: Defenseman Mattias Ohlund #5 of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrates his goal against the Dallas Stars during a preseason game at American Airlines Center on September 21 2010 in Dallas Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

This week the Lightning are on a Western Canadian road trip, so get ready for some late nights this week. Saturday's game against the Canucks has gotten even later as the Canucks have announced a change in start time to 10:30 ET.

On Saturday night, the Canucks are going to retire Markus Naslund's jersey, #19, to the rafters. And so to accommodate the airing for the ceremony, the game start has been pushed forwards by 30 minutes. This is only the third jersey to be retired by the Canucks organization.

It will be special for Naslund because some of the players he played with are still with the team today (the Sedins, Ryan Kesler, Sami Salo, Alex Burrows, Alex Edler) but also because former Canuck, Mattias Ohlund be there on Saturday night albeit in a Lightning jersey. The two players played together for many years on the Canucks are were part of the leadership group on the ice. They are both soft spoken calm individuals but were true leaders for the club over the years. And in addition to being on the same NHL team, these two Swedes also played together in international games representing Sweden together. So before you groan about the late start time, just think how much this will mean to Naslund to have Ohlund there.

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