Erik Erlendsson covers the Tampa Bay Lightning for The Tampa Tribune.
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Morning skate update vs. Florida
Posted Nov 18, 2008 by Erik Erlendsson
Updated Nov 18, 2008 at 01:20 PM
Sitting here watching the Panthers skate, and the Florida writers are miffed over the absence of Cory Stillman this morning. Seems he left practice yesterday with what they were told was the flu, but Stillman is coming off a concussion that cost him three games last week. Those post-concussion symptoms did creep up on Stillman and he is definitely out tonight.
For Tampa, Adam Hall is in the lineup while Ryan Craig is a scratch. Hall will slot back into the fourth line spot with Chris Gratton and Gary Roberts tonight.
There’s no real update on Ryan Malone, although interim head coach Rick Tocchet said the MRI came back negative. Tocchet also said Malone skated briefly this morning, but he’s still listed as day-to-day.
Line combinations should start the same as they were in practice, which means Steven Stamkos will skate on left wing with Marty and Vinny, although Tocchet said Stamkos would also see some time at center tonight.
Tocchet talked somewhat this morning about using a two-man chemistry guage, which means he looks for some chemistry between two guys and then floats in a left winger (at least in this case) and moves them around if things need a bit of shaking up. This is something that former Lightning coach John Tortorella used to talk about, such as when he used to keep Fredrik Modin and Brad Richards together.
Tomas Vokoun was the scheduled starter in net for the Panthers.