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The Lightning will go with the same lineup that beat Atlanta on Saturday for tonight’s game against the Panthers. Johan Holmqvist (2-0-0, 1.50 GAA) will be between the pipes again, Matt Smaby is the healthy scratch on defense and Ryan Craig and Andreas Karlsson still aren’t ready to go.
Tortorella offered an encouraging (and a bit comical) update regarding Dan Boyle, who continues to skate with the team but can’t pass or shoot well.
“No matter what Danny says, he’s not far off,” Tortorella said, eliciting a chuckle from the media. “We’re hoping to get him back shortly. Once we get the word from our team doctors – and it’s not Dr. Boyle – that he can’t hurt it anymore, he’ll be ready to go.”
On the topic of what areas he thinks the Lightning need to work on, Tortorella was direct.
“All of them. We played a very good game the other night, but that was the other night. We’re playing a very good team in Florida that’s lost two in a row, so we know what we’re in for tonight.”
The Panthers, set to play at home tomorrow night vs. New Jersey, are expected to have backup Craig Anderson in net tonight with Tomas Vokoun likely to get the nod tomorrow. Richard Zednik is expected to make his season debut for Florida tonight after missing the first two games with a shoulder injury.