Insider: Morning Skate News And Notes

The Tampa Bay Lightning will take to the ice tonight in their fourth straight home game when they get a visit from the Winnipeg Jets. This will be the third time on this home stand that the Lightning will get a visit from an opponent on the second half of a back-to-back. The Lighting took to the ice this morning for their usual morning skate, and afterwards, Lightning coach Guy Boucher talked about playing a divisional opponent playing the second game of a back-to-back.

“We know we have an opponent that has some offense, has some grit, they work very hard, and I think they are well coached,” Boucher said. “They get good goaltending. We are facing a goaltender that is having a good year.”

Anders Lindback will get the start in goal for the Lightning. For Lindback, it will be his fourth straight start. The Winnipeg Jets goaltender will be a game-time decision.

Feeling good

Lightning forward Cory Conacher talked a bit about how he is feeling physically three full weeks into his NHL career.

“It’s nice to have had the games I had before coming here,” Conacher said. “I know some guys might be feeling it a little more than I am right now. Obviously it’s a little bit different in the AHL, you have games every other night or so. We have a trainer here that does a good job keeping us ready and giving us those little protein shakes that we have after games and some practices. It’s important to have that, and eat well and sleep well. I am close to the rink, so it’s not a hike for me.  I don’t have to get up too early to get to practice, so I get a good sleep. So far it has been OK; hopefully I can keep going because I think this team is going to have a long season this year and a long playoff run as well.”

Coach quiet on Saturday starter

Lightning coach Guy Boucher would not commit to a starter for Saturday’s game against the New York Rangers. Boucher said he was concerned about tonight’s game against the Winnipeg Jets.

Richard on display

The Maurice “Rocket” Richard trophy, awarded to the player who scores the most goals in the regular season, was on display outside of the Lightning locker room Friday morning, and even Steven Stamkos got the chance to take a look. The Richard trophy will be on display on the West Plaza prior to puck drop, and will also be on display throughout the building during the game.

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