The Lightning Insider - Game Day
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Can the Lightning continue to throw a wrench into other teams' playoff aspirations tonight? Winning in Florida was nice two weeks ago, but a victory tonight against the #8 Canadiens would be extra enjoyable. With a 3-0-1 road streak heading into tonight the Bolts have gained a lot of confidence away from home lately, and the team always seems to play pretty well in Montreal. Should be an entertaining game.
Since Bob Gainey took over behind the bench in Montreal the Canadiens have switched their game-day skates to their practice rink, so the Lightning were alone at the Bell Center this morning. After a lengthy meeting they hit the ice for a 30-minute skate, with everyone participating. The Canadiens being elsewhere didn’t deter the Montreal media, however, as they were there in full force this morning trying to stir up controversy wherever possible. I feel for Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis on these trips because they become captives in their own locker stalls, though Steven Stamkos is starting to garner an equal amount of attention.
Forward Paul Szczechura, who missed Tuesday's game with a lower body injury, went on the ice early to test things out and ended up participating in the full skate. It looks like he’ll sit out once again. Karri Ramo gets the nod in goal and will try to duplicate Mike McKenna’s strong showing Tuesday against Columbus.
After the game it’s off to the airport for a flight to Baltimore, where the team will clear customs before busing to Washington D.C. for tomorrow night’s meeting with the Capitals.