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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.

Reader Comments

Por (J) on November 18, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Why does Ryan Craig keep getting scratched?  He is excellent in front of the net, especially during power plays, yet even when he does play, they haven’t let him play on either power play unit.

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Por (Herb) on November 18, 2008 (Suggest removal)

The reason Craig doesn’t play is because he is NOT GOOD!!He needs to be waived. He was relevant on the ice when he was a Dave Andrechuk type player by picking up loose pucks in front of the crease and scoring. He got injured and got scared to play there and hence his lack of production.

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Por (J) on November 19, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Actually, every time he plays and his line is in the offensive zone he goes to the front of the net and has made a couple nice deflections off of shots in the few games he’s played this year. The lack of production is due to playing on the 4th line in only a couple games this year and never being on the PP like he used to be before getting injured.

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