“Probably a couple pounds (less than before), which isn’t a bad thing. (Conditioning) is about as good as it’s going to get without being in a game. I feel like I’m ready. Game situation is a little different thing, but it’s exciting to get back. Probably the first game will be a lot of adrenaline. A lot of times the first game ends up being the easiest. It’s the second, third, fourth games you notice (the rust) a little more.” –Brad Stuart
That quote comes from Khan(!) who provides us with the lineup according to who skated with who at practice yesterday before the flight out to Tampa…
Howard (starting Thursday)
Salei apparently took a few personal days but will join the team down in Tampa. Filppula has still not taken to the ice since spraining his MCL, but is traveling with the team and should take practice sometime soon. He will look to return to the lineup sometime next week. This weekend should see some extra focus from the players – it is the sixth annual fathers/mentors trip.
Tampa Bay lost in a shootoout to Philly last night. Did you see the tender embrace between Stamkos and Richards?