30 seconds with …
RW Nikita Kucherov
Best thing you can cook: Meat and potatoes
Drink with dinner: Coke
Skill you wish you had: Speak English
Favorite candy: M&Ms
Celebrity crush: Kate Upton
Elliotte Friedman of Canada's CBC.ca asked an NHL owner how he would deal with the crushing disappointment felt by Lightning RW Marty St. Louis after he was left off Canada's Olympic team. Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman is Team Canada's executive director.
The unnamed owner told Friedman he would assure St. Louis that the organization appreciated him and he wouldn't be traded, then buy him a new car, buy his wife whatever she wanted and send the family on an all-expenses paid vacation wherever they wanted.
Goaltenders coach Frantz Jean (right) was standing by a net during Thursday's morning skate, minding his own business, when a Steven Stamkos slap shot hit a post and almost hit him.
"Oh, my God, how close was that?" Jean said. "It hit my stick. It hit me and went down. If it would have just hit it and been up, it would have been right at me."
Draw it up
The breakaway on which RW Nikita Kucherov scored Tuesday against the Rangers off a center-ice faceoff was never practiced, he said.
Rather, Tampa Bay took advantage of a flaw in New York's defense pointed out by the coaching staff.
"We saw a couple of videos, and the coaches showed us on the board what we can do," said Kucherov, who split the defense and took a perfect pass from D Radko Gudas. "Guddy told me on the faceoff maybe we could try it. We tried it, and it worked."
Quote to note
"You've got to remember these teams are trying to beat us, too. It's not like they're coming in here to lay over, contrary to the fact that everybody says when they lose to us it's the worst game they ever played."
Lightning coach Jon Cooper
Number of the day
10 Lightning road games in January, most of any month this season.