Kuba out; Picard to play
The Lightning announced this morning that defenseman Filip Kuba is day to day with an undisclosed right knee injury. The team recalled Alex Picard from AHL Norfolk, and the defenseman, acquired Monday in the Vinny Prospal trade, will play tonight against the Wild.
Other stuff from this morning: Jussi Jokinen will play on the left side with center Vinny Lecavalier and Marty St. Louis. Jeff Halpern will center the second line between left wing Mathieu Darche and Michelle Ouellet. At least that is how the lines will start. You know Torts, after all. ... Halpern will wear No. 11. Jokinen will wear No. 10. Goaltender Mike Smith, who gets the start, wears No. 41, though he still will be in his Stars pads and mask. ... Jokinen said the sprained left knee that kept him out three weeks in January is fine, though he still wears a brace. ... Cute story: Jokinen wore No. 36 in Dallas. Andre Roy wears it for the Lightning. Andre was asked if Jokinen had asked for the number. Andre said he, Andre, that is, had proposed a shootout contest. Absurd, of course, because Jokinen has been one of the league's best at shootouts, going 10-for-13 in 2005-06. "If you win,'' Andre said he told Jokinen, "then we'll have a fight contest.'' Said Jokinen, who has never had an NHL fight, "I'm ready.'' ... Roy said he was happy GM Jay Feaster said he wants to re-sign Roy. "I always loved it in Tampa,'' he said. "I'd like to finish my career here, be a type of Dave Andreychuk till I'm 40 or whatever. That's good with me.'' ... Smith said his idol growing up was Patrick Roy, not Marty Brodeur; a bit strange since Smith is such a good puck-handler. ... Smith seemed most happy that the Lightning provides its players a meal after the morning skate. ... Defenseman Brad Lukowich said he was working out four days after his sports hernia surgery in Germany and isn't ruling out playing again this season. Lukowich's surgery was a less-invasive brand that does not cut through as much muscle.