Here are a couple of the best sound bites from Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher about tonight's game with the Flyers. Talk about trying to lower expectations:
"Right now we've got a team that's firing on all cylinders (the Flyers). If we play like we did on the road defensively, we're going to get our butts whipped." "We'll need a total team effort. We'll need our best game of the year for this one. If we don't have it, it ain't gonna happen."
The worry for Boucher is that the Lightning is without two of its top defensemen -- Mattias Ohlund and Victor Hedman -- because of injuries. Because of that, the remaining defensemen are moving into situations they might not be familiar with. For example, Matt Gilroy will play on the top pairing with Eric Brewer. Gilroy, as Boucher pointed out, was a sixth defenseman for the Rangers last season.
"The problem for all our defensemen is they are stuck in roles they are not used to," Boucher said. "It's real tough to evaluate our defensive...