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The buzz at the Lightning’s morning skate today was about this comment made by Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason in the Raleigh News & Observer:
"It's just shutting down those two or three guys. If we shut down those two or three guys, they got nothing. We haven't been doing that. This is our third try at it. If we haven't figured it out yet, we're not going to figure it out."
Obviously, this is the type of quote a coach usually hates to see come out of his locker room, because the only purpose it serves is to fire up the opposition. Gleason’s not a rookie, so you would think he’d know better. Lightning head coach John Tortorella wouldn’t touch it when asked his opinion by the media this morning, and for good reason. The comment, on its own, only serves to motivate the Bolts as they try to make it three in a row against the Hurricanes.
After sitting out Wednesday night, it looks like Jason Ward will be back in the lineup tonight while Andreas Karlsson will have a chance to sit. Defenseman Paul Ranger, who missed Wednesday with a shoulder injury, skated this morning but it’s not known if he’ll be ready to go. If he can’t play, Dan Jancevski will be back in.
Tortorella said that reigning AHL Player of the Week Mathieu Darche played well and made his line “dynamic” Wednesday night, but that he needs to continue playing with an edge if he wants to stick around.
The Lightning chose to fly to Raleigh on Thanksgiving, and the team and staff enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner at Ruth’Chris Steakhouse, which is a short walk from the team hotel in Cary, North Carolina.