14 November 2010
The Lightning finished off their back-to-back roadtrip up in Pittsburgh on Friday night. The game demonstrated about how bad Mike Smith can fail. He looked terrible on Max Talbot's goal in the 3rd period. But not to direct all the fail at him since the skates didn't look great either and didn't get onto the board until Stamkos' 3rd period goal. The Lightning lost 5-1.
Stop at home against the Wild
The Lightning returned home for one game against the Minnesota Wild before embarking on their next road trip. I skipped out on watching this early game and it looks like my decision to was a good one to miss. For a game that should have been a gimme as long as you don't give the Wild a powerplay, the Lightning lost it 4-1 and gave up two goals on the PP. Four penalties were taken in total by the Lightning, three of which were by Steve Downie. St. Louis scored the lone Lightning goal with assists coming from Stamkos and Clark.
Steve Downie was back in the lineup
Some good news to come out of last night's game was that Steve Downie was back in the lineup. He had passed a neuropsych test that cleared him of having a concussion
Simon Gagne is skating
According to a tidbit from Cristodero, Gagne has been skating hard for the past two days. Though he has not been cleared to hit in practice.
Lecavalier to have surgery
As per a press release from the team
Vincent Lecavalier will undergo surgery on Monday, November 15 to expedite the healing process of a non-displaced fracture in his right hand
A look at the week ahead
The surgery will be performed by Dr. Tom Graham of the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.
The team's original report that Lecavalier should be able to return to action in 3-4 weeks has not changed.
This week the Lightning head out on a three game roadtrip starting with the Islanders on Wednesday, the Flyers on Thursday and the Sabres on Saturday. All games start at 7pm EST.