Right-shot defenseman Cal Foote sits Friday. Coach Jon Cooper says he wants to get a better look at new players.

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Right-shot defenseman Cal Foote sits Friday. Coach Jon Cooper says he wants to get a better look at new players.

SUNRISE — With three spots to fill on their blueline to open the season, the Lightning’s defenseman corps is still a work in progress.

The Lightning played five different defenseman pairings in five games. Friday against the cross-state rival Panthers, right-shot defenseman Cal Foote was a healthy scratch in favor of Philippe Myers and Nick Perbix.

Lightning coach Jon Cooper said the shuffle is to get a closer look at some of the team’s newcomers, especially among the right-shot defensemen. Myers, acquired from Nashville in the Ryan McDonagh trade, only played in two of the team’s exhibition games and missed the Lightning’s game against Philadelphia on Tuesday.

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