As a cool front moved through Tampa overnight to steer the humidity away, the Bolts woke to the same cold, dreary weather it went to bed to in Pittsburgh last night. Today's forecast is for a high of 41 degrees and rain.
Coach Rick Tocchet kept the team's focus on rededicating itself to the things it did right over the first four games of the season as opposed to the things it did wrong the past two games. Even though the Bolts beat the stinking Panthers at home on Monday night, the team was outchanced by Florida. And then in Thursday's ugly loss, it was outchanced by a wide margin.
Look for a couple of changes tonight, first, Antero Niittymaki will be back in the goal for Tampa Bay and second, look for Tocchet to start the game with Steve Downie playing on a line with Alex Tanguay and Vincent Lecavalier.
The team's approach this morning featured a video meeting at 11 a.m. and then an optional skate at 11:30 a.m. Nearly all the players stepped on the ice for at least a few minutes to get the blood flowing. Those that didn't all hit the exercise bikes to get a good sweat going, led by captain Vincent Lecavalier.
Forward Ryan Malone, now two seasons removed from playing with the Penguins, is still highly regarded by the media and fans here. He will be featured in an interview on the Pens TV network tonight and Sun Sports will also sit him down to talk not only about returning to Pittsburgh, but about the six goals he has scored for the Bolts this season. Hopefully Ryan and his linemates Marty St. Louis and Steven Stamkos can keep it going tonight for the Lightning tonight against the defending Stanley Cup Champs. Gametime is 7:30 p.m.