The Lightning, playing the second of back-to-back games tonight against the Rangers in New York, did not have a morning skate, but did have a bit longer-than-usual team meeting.
All things being equal, Ben Bishop got off relatively easy with his injured right wrist. With only a sprain, the Lightning goalie missed only three games and tonight against the Blue Jackets will be on the bench as backup to Anders Lindback.
Interesting development on Thursday as ECHL Florida signed 40-year-old defenseman Brian Rafalski.
WINNIPEG - Lightning coach Jon Cooper said he is not going to worry about how Marty St. Louis will handle being left off Canada's Olympic team.
"It's wasted energy," Cooper said. "Knowing Marty, this is probably going to motivate the snot out of him."
On a day the Tampa Bay organization should have been celebrating the …
After missing four games with an upper-body injury sustained Dec. 23 against the Panthers, Lightning defenseman Sami Salo returns to the lineup tonight against the Oilers.
It is inevitable. Every time the Lightning goes to Calgary -- Tampa Bay faces the Flames tonight -- the questions for Marty St. Louis are about the organization that let him get away.
Injured Lightning star Steven Stamkos took another step in his rehab on Jan. 2 by skating in a red no-contact jersey on his own and in a few drills at the end and after Tampa Bay's practice in Calgary. Stamkos, who also was in full gear for the first time, said it was a"baby step" in his rehab from a broken right tibia sustained Nov. 11 in …