The Lightning got right back to work today after Saturday night’s loss in Altanta. The team had a 2 p.m. practice at the RBC Center on Sunday. Before hitting the ice they had a team workout with Strength and Conditioning Coach Chuck Lobe at a gym next to the hotel.
Defenseman Kurtis Foster was injured during the game last night and did not practice today. Officially he is out 5-7 days with a lower body injury. Rick Tocchet did not say who he expects to fill in, saying he would have a better idea on Monday. Either way the Lightning will miss Foster’s right-handed shot on the power play.
Tocchet admitted that the team wasn’t at its best last night, saying that “our details were a little lax.” In all honesty the game could have turned out much differently if the Lightning were able to convert on some of the chances they had at the beginning of the game, but hindsight is always 20/20. A few of the Thrashers goals were also a little strange.
“There were some really freaky goals,” Tocchet said. “Two of them, at least, were really strange goals, but saying that, there is some defensive zone stuff that we need to get a little better detail on.”
The coach also praised the play of the Lightning’s third line, which consists of Jeff Halpern, James Wright and Drew Miller. He said he likes the way they “always do the right thing.” Wright, playing in his first NHL game last night, finished the game playing with Vincent Lecavalier and Alex Tanguay on the top line.
It will be more of the same for the Lightning on Monday with an afternoon practice and video session at the RBC Center in preparation for Tuesday’s game against the ‘Canes.
On a side note, to all you U2 fans out there, the Lightning charter plane last night pulled in to the terminal in Raleigh last night right next to U2’s plane (U2 was playing at the NC State football stadium on Saturday night). According to the ground handlers at the terminal the band had just arrived and was hanging out on the plane before heading to Atlanta.