We want Roy
Left wing Andre Roy will be back in the lineup tonight against the Canadiens and he had a message for Montreal after the morning skate.
"I'm going to try to be physical, and let them know they're in our house and they have to pay the price,'' he said.
But coach John Tortorella had a message for Roy.
"If I have to have another talk with Andre, he's out of this organization,'' Torts said.
Some hyperbole, probably. But Tortorella always has been serious about making sure Roy does not let his emotions get the best of him on the ice. So when Roy fought with Florida Branislav Mezei on Feb. 2 and then yapped with the Panthers player in the penalty box, and then leaned out of the Lightning bench during a timeout to yap some more, Tortorella saw that as a step back.
Roy, to his credit, has taken the blame for the whole incident. As he said on Tuesday, "Sometimes I get carried away and want to grab somebody by the collar.''
Even so, he said, his main focus against Montreal will be, "To make sure I keep my emotions intact.''
Other pregame stuff: Karri Ramo gets the start in net. ... Wing Michel Ouellet, who has played fewer than 10 minutes in his past three games, was a healthy scratch. ... Defenseman Brad Lukowich was out with an undisclosed lower body injury. ... Defenseman Doug Janik, a healthy scratch since Dan Boyle returned, was back in the lineup.