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The big news this morning is that Pittsburgh superstar Sidney Crosby – injured January 18 when the Lightning visited Pittsburgh – announced to the media that he planned to make his return to the lineup tonight. The Lightning said they still have good seats available for anyone who wants to come down to the Forum to check out “Superstars on Ice” starring Lecavalier, St. Louis, Boyle, Crosby and Malkin.
The Bolts held an optional skate this morning and goaltender Mike Smith took the morning off in preparation for his fourth consecutive Lightning start. Filip Kuba skated again but isn’t expected back in the lineup, so Alex Picard will get another look during his emergency call-up. So far it looks like Picard has earned a longer stay, even after Kuba returns.