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Practice this morning at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon was a little different than usual, with John Tortorella taking tonight’s game group on one sheet of ice while assistant coach Mike Sullivan worked with the non-game group on the other side. After the practices were over the non-gamers had a short off-ice workout as well.
There was a sense of anticipation in the locker room today; you can tell the players and staff are anxious to be a part of a game. It was good to see Jan Hlavac back on the ice with the non-game group. His instep injury progressed enough that hopefully he’ll be in action either Saturday or Monday. Andre Roy is still listed as day-to-day with his tailbone contusion. He didn’t skate today but worked out on his own.
Don’t forget to come out early tonight to see the Lightning players arrive for the game tonight. Between 4:30 and 5:45, they will park on the half-circle off Channelside Drive and enter the arena through Shots after walking across the plaza on a red carpet. Great autograph/photo op! The non-game players tonight will be greeting fans as they enter, visiting suites, signing autographs during intermissions and doing in-game interviews for the fans. Also, Dallas sent their roster for tonight’s game:
Goalies # 30 Philippe Savue # 31 Tobias Stephan
Defensemen #2 Niklas Grossman #3 Stephane Robidas #5 Matt Niskanen #25 Nolan Baumgartner #28 Mark Fistric #46 Mario Scalzo
Forwards #15 Niklas Hagman #17 Toby Petersen #18 James Neal #20 Antti Miettinen #21 Loui Eriksson #22 Junior Lessard #29 Steve Ott #32 Marty Sertich #33 Perttu Lindgren #44 B.J. Crombeen #65 Chris Conner #92 Todd Fedoruk