Marty St. Louis insists he is not superstitious.

That the Lightning wing likes four pieces of gum in his locker before games; that he has worn the same torn, blue shirt under his jersey for six years; that teammate Vinny Lecavalier said, "You want to do something to him? Take his (stick) tape before a game."

Nope, doesn't mean anything.

"I'm just particular," St. Louis said, grinning. "If something is working, I'm not changing."

That includes a theory it is best not to discuss milestones before they happen, streaks until they run their course and rituals or habits that seem to help the team until they no longer prove useful.

It makes for interviews during which St. Louis and reporters chuckle as the player admits he is not being helpful.