Following a 2-1 defeat to the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday night where the Tampa Bay Lightning kicked off their four-game road trip, the team bussed down to Newark on Wednesday and held an optional practice in the afternoon to prepare for Thursday’s tilt against the New Jersey Devils.
In all honestly, not a whole lot went on, but here are a few key takeaways from the session:
After dropping the gloves Tuesday night with Zac Rinaldo, forward BJ Crombeen was held out of the remainder of the game by head coach Guy Boucher as a precaution, and did not return.
On Wednesday, Crombeen was medically cleared to play, but it is still unknown whether or not he will appear in Thursday’s game against the Devils. Boucher said Crombeen still may be held out of action, again for precautionary reasons.
Not many details were given in regards to who would start in the lineup for the Lightning, with a lot of those decisions, Boucher said, still contingent on whether or not BJ Crombeen will play.
Boucher did say, however, that despite playing two games in three nights, both on the road, Anders Lindback will start again in goal for the Lightning on Thursday against the Devils.
A SOLID EFFORT
Although Tuesday’s 2-1 loss at Philadelphia was Tampa Bay’s second defeat in as many games, head coach Guy Boucher said following Wednesday’s practice that he liked the effort against the Flyers, but if the Lightning were to be successful, the team needed to bury their chances on the scoring opportunities they were given.
“It was a hard-fought game,” Boucher said. “But we sabotaged ourselves in the third period and we should have gone into overtime 1-1 and left there with at least a point.”
Boucher emphasized the team’s need to shoot the puck more, and to get back to what made them so successful on a five-game homestand during which it took all but one game.
“We didn’t play bad at all,” Boucher added, “but we have to be better. They weren’t awful mistakes we made, but they were mistakes that teams make when they’re not mature enough yet.”
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