THE LIGHTNING INSIDER
As always, the Lightning Foundation's Glitz & Sticks charity event was a huge hit Thursday night. Close to 600 patrons, including Mike Alstott and Wade Boggs, packed the floor of the St. Pete Times Forum to hang out and gamble (for charity) with the Lightning players, coaches and management. Once Andre Roy kicked things off with his tribute to the movie Dumb and Dumber during the player intros, you knew it was going to be an entertaining evening. It was difficult to find a spot at the blackjack tables as the players took their turns as dealers, and the silent auction was a hit as always.
The team also held a live auction in which the old logo carpet from the locker room, which was replaced by an updated version in September, went for $5,000.
The team skated out the cobwebs from last night at an 11 a.m. Practice this morning before heading to Tampa Jet Center for the quick flight to Fort Lauderdale. Practice was intense and John Tortorella was animated as they focused on clearing the puck out of the defensive zone. If a five-man unit failed, they did push-ups on the ice.
Following the practice, Tortorella indicated the lineup for tomorrow would stay mostly the same, although he hadn't decided between scratching Doug Janik or Matt Smaby on defense.
The Lightning will have an 11:30 a.m. morning skate in Sunrise tomorrow to prepare for the 7 p.m. tilt against the Panthers.