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We run into a lot of conventions at hotels on the road, but this is the first time we’ve been surrounded by “potters” thanks to the pottery group over-running our Pittsburgh quarters. Interesting group based on their wardrobes and, umm, aromas. I guess making pottery causes you to sweat a lot?

The Lightning held an 11:30 meeting in the hotel today, after which John Tortorella tried to make sense of last night’s collapse.

“We're not playing for anything, but we really are,” he said. “The individuals are. That's why I kept Karri Ramo in, to see if he could fight through after having a rough time in early in the third.”

Mike Smith will be in net tonight against the Penguins. Paul Ranger suffered a subluxation of his left shoulder and is out. He’ll have an MRI when the team returns to Tampa to determine the full extent of the damage. With Ranger out, both Doug Janik and Mike Lundin will be in the lineup tonight. Tortorella decided to scratch Jason Ward and said Janik could see some time as a forward tonight.

Tortorella said he put Ward’s line out to stem the tide after a Buffalo goal last night, only to have a Ward turnover result in another Buffalo goal.

"I think we have people playing themselves on the team and people playing themselves off the team," Tortorella said. "He's playing himself right off the team with some of his decision-making."

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