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The Lightning will put the same lineup on the ice that beat Florida on Wednesday except for the addition of Matt Smaby as the No. 6 defenseman. Doug Janik will sit out. Everything else is status quo.

Concerns for tonight:

The game's quickness. Much may depend on the ice, which is never good at the BankAtlantic Center, but coach John Tortorella believes the Panthers, who showed they were quicker than the Lightning on Wednesday, may come out with an even bigger head of steam.

Players getting to the aright areas. This is more an observation than from anything that was said. But doesn't it seem as if Michel Ouellet hasn't quite grasped the intensity thing. Torts has discussed that Ouellet needs to do better in puck battles, and he has. But it just doesn't seem as if he has gotten into the areas in which his center, Brad Richards, can get him the puck. Not sure if that's not enough thinking, too much thinking, not enough reacting or, as was said, just plain intensity. Either way, something needs to click.

And just for fun, here is a quote from Tortorella on how some of the Lightning players, specifically the defenders playing more minutes because of the injury to Dan Boyle, have been dealing with the physical demands:

"They're going to make mistakes with the extra ice time. But eventually, as we get Danny back, I think it's going to help make them better players. I think some of our players got tired at certain times and they gave in to being tired. I don't think you can be tired. Even if you are tired, you can't be tired. You have to make a play.''

[Last modified: Sunday, August 16, 2009 4:38pm]

    

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