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With a late-night arrival in Toronto after last night’s overtime loss in Ottawa, the Lightning stayed at the hotel this morning and had a team video session to prepare for tonight’s meeting with the Leafs. The weather here in Toronto is tough to figure out today. Huge snowflakes were falling this morning and had blanketed the downtown area in white, but now the sun is out and all the snow has disappeared quickly.
Former Lightning defenseman Jamie Heward has taken up residence in the Lightning’s hotel since his trade to Toronto and stopped by the team lunch to say hi to the boys. Heward, still suffering from post-concussion syndrome, is skating with Toronto but hasn’t put a definitive timetable on a return to action.
The Lightning overall played a good game in Ottawa last night, and defenseman Richard Petiot did well in his Lightning debut. Now, Interim Head Coach Rick Tocchet said, the challenge is consistency.
“Like any good NHL player you have to have consistency. That’s what we’re looking for from Petiot. How does he react when he gets the puck under pressure?
The only players that did head over to the arena to skate this morning were David Koci and Mike McKenna, so it looks like the lineup will be unchanged tonight, with Karri Ramo in goal once again. Though he’d like the OT winner back, Ramo played a strong, confident game against the Senators last night. In my opinion he’s made a clear statement that he’s ready to be Mike Smith’s full-time backup next season.