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It was business as usual this morning in Atlanta with an 11:30 a.m. morning skate at Philips Arena. Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis and Mike Lundin were back in the Visitor's Locker Room after dressing in the Thrashers room a few weeks ago at the NHL's All-Star festivities.
Speaking of Lecavalier, he will play despite taking a puck off the foot Thursday night in Nashville. The remainder of the line-up will not change with Johan Holmqvist going for his six consecutive road win. Andre Roy and Doug Janik will again be healthy scratches.
The line of Craig MacDonald, Nick Tarnasky and Chris Gratton has been much more visible on this road trip, with MacDonald playing season highs of more than 16 minutes in the previous two games.
"It is not a confusing equation here," John Tortorella told the media this morning. "Play well and you'll keep playing minutes. Our guys understand that. The way you get your team concept is to not play so many minutes in your end zone. The bottom two lines have played well enough to help us do that. We need that moving along here."
Tortorella also praised the team's play in the neutral zone as of late and said it has certainly helped the Lightning string some wins together on the road.
Speaking of wins on the road, Tampa Bay can tie the franchise record for consecutive road wins tonight with their seventh. The record of seven games came last January. Last year four of the seven wins came via the shootout which makes the Lightning's current streak a little more impressive considering only one win has come after regulation.