Quick hits from Monday's Lightning practice
A pretty good practice today at Brandon with only kind-of news on the injury front as left wing Alex Tanguay missed practice with an intestinal disorder, the team said.
As for the guys on injured reserve, defenseman Matt Walker (lower body) participated in the full practice and afterward said he has been cleared to return to action. "One-hundred percent," he said. Coach Rick Tocchet, though, said he likes the way the team is playing right now, so Walker, out five games, will have to wait his turn. Center Jeff Halpern (lower body) skated in half the practice, and left wing Todd Fedoruk (knee) had off-ice workouts.
Tocchet said Halpern is farther along in his recovery than Fedoruk but could not give a specific timetable for either.
Tocchet was much more convincing on what it will take to get the best of two of the league's best goalies on the upcoming three-game road trip: Buffalo's Ryan Miller and New Jersey's Martin Brodeur.
"When you’re facing Miller, Brodeur, these type of guys, if you think you’re going to go through a game and get that one shot and score a goal, you might as well not even go on the ice," Tocchet said. "You've got to go on mentally where you’re going to throw the puck on net, go to the net, wraparounds, quick shots. Don’t take a big slap shot.
"These guys thrive on teams that try to pick spots. The best goalie in the world will tell you, the quicker the shot, the more garbage around the net, the harder for them to play; people in front of their faces. When you think you're going to go down the wing all night and and take that one big slap shot and go top shelf on these guys, you’ll be waiting all night with that. You've got to go out there and throw everything at them, whether it’s a wrist shot, slap shot, a quick shot, wrap shot, everything has to go out there with a flurry of people in front of them. That’s the only way you can consistently beat these guys."