Roberts skates with team at practice; Kolzig back
With all the injury woes the Lightning has dealt with, the sight of veteran Gary Roberts at practice with the team Friday was likely a welcomed surprise. He skated with the team a bit beforehand, and stayed on the ice for a little while.
Roberts has missed 25 games with a bad left elbow. Interim coach Rick Tocchet didn't have a update on his status, whether it was day-to-day, or still week-to-week. Mark Recchi didn't practice, due to what the team labeled body maintenance, but isn't expected to miss Saturday's game...
In other news, goaltender Olie Kolzig was back and practiced (and Karri Ramo was reassigned to Norfolk). Though Kolzig appears ready to go, Tocchet said Mike Smith will likely get the lions-share of the work until the All-Star berak, meaning he'll probably start Monday against his former team, the Stars.
-- JOE SMITH