G Mike Smith calls left wing and road roommate Ryan Malone "my brother over there," and it is true they look somewhat alike. But Smith, top left, and Malone clearly have different habits. "Well, I'm not a chick, but if I had to live with him, he leaves the seat down when he pees," Smith said. "I have to clean the seat off after he's been in there, which irritates me. But other than that, we have a pretty good relationship." Malone copped to the accusation but blamed it on former Penguins teammate Ryan Whitney for getting him into that "bad habit." As for Smith, Malone said, "He crawls into bed first and doesn't do anything else — shut the lights off, get room service for the morning, shut the blinds, set the alarm. I have to do everything. I feel like I'm a babysitter on the road."
Quote to note
"New Jersey has a beautiful building, and this is one of those quirky things that happen."
Lightning GM Brian Lawton, after a partial blackout at the Prudential Center forced Tampa Bay's Jan. 8 game there to be suspended
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Out since Dec. 23 with a right knee problem, LW Todd Fedoruk has had to find ways to stay involved with the team. His favorite: getting under the skin of his teammates.
"I chirp guys a lot," Fedoruk said. "But that's only when you're close to coming back. When you're out, you're out. You don't want to be a distraction."
Fedoruk's main target seems to be LW Stephane Veilleux. Why? "He's a fiery guy. The emotional guys are the guys you can get offkilter."
How does Fedoruk do it?
"Usually if a player makes a mistake in a game, they know it, so they don't want to be reminded of it, so you pick on that," Fedoruk said. " 'Hey do you remember that play? That was brutal.' Some guys can't let that stuff go, so you make light of it, you joke about it."
Funny, though, Fedoruk admitted, "I'm probably the guy you can get offkilter the most. I can dish it out, but I can't take it. I can give it to you, but you give it to me? Oh, no."
5 questions D Mattias Ohlund
Are Floridians weather wimps? I do think people are a little spoiled here.
What is the coldest temperature you experienced in Sweden? Minus-40.
How does that feel? Well, you don't want to be outside.
Where is your hometown of Pitea? We're the same latitude as northern Alaska. I have a two-hour drive to the Arctic Circle.
Living in Florida, are you now a weather wimp? Absolutely. You get accustomed to this weather very easily.