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by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

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The temperature is dropping fast in Toronto today and, of course, and they're predicting the first snowfall of the season tonight. Lucky us. A nice snowstorm for the bus ride to Buffalo tomorrow will provide some added fun.

The team had a mandatory skate at the Air Canada Centre this morning – it seems like head coach Barry Melrose makes them mandatory when he’s not happy with the effort he saw in the previous game. The forward lines looked the same as yesterday, so hopefully the changes will spark a little more offense.

For some reason I had it in my mind that Olaf Kolzig would get the start tonight, but Mike Smith gets the call again after playing well against San Jose Saturday. Smith is among the league leaders in save percentage, so he deserves it. With the schedule getting a lot more hectic, Kolzig will have plenty of opportunities.

The Lightning always bring out a large media contingent in Toronto, and with rookie Steven Stamkos in tow this time, the crowd in the locker room was huge. It’s kind of funny watching 20 or so people with cameras and microphones surround an empty seat in a locker room (Stamkos’ stall) and stand there for 10 minutes staring at each other until Stamkos came off the ice. They actually waited longer than they talked to Stamkos, which is a good thing for him I suppose.

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