The Lightning returned to the home ice today in preparation for Thursday’s home opener against the New Jersey Devils. In retrospect, Tampa Bay played much better than its 0-1-1 record on the season-opening road trip would indicate. The Bolts generated plenty of scoring chances and, by the count of the coaching staff, out-chanced their opponents in each game. Head Coach Rick Tocchet wasn’t disappointed with the effort last night.
“I’m a lot happier with it today than I was last night,” he said to the media today. “I thought the guys worked hard.”
Tocchet also told the media today that the line-up will remain the same as Tuesday night. That means Kurtis Foster will not be ready, so David Hale will dress on the blue line again. Mike Smith, coming off a strong performance in Raleigh, will get his third consecutive start.
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