The most obvious thing Lightning coach Guy Boucher could have done Friday was put his players through a grueling offday skate.
Then perhaps have a meeting to discuss the sputtering power play or the defensive gaffes that have led to so many goals or the scoring that has all but dried up from the team's top players.
Instead, to address Tampa Bay's six-game losing streak and today's game with the Panthers at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Boucher planned pretty much nothing at the Ice Sports Forum.
A few players skated; many worked in the gym.
"They're ready to go," Boucher said. "That's why I didn't want to have a practice. I didn't want to have a big meeting and drill them. They already know."
Indeed they do.
"It's time for a little concern," defenseman Sami Salo said. "It's severe. Nobody is happy losing so many games in a row. You can't just turn the page by pressing a button."
"We've got to stop the bleeding," right wing Marty St. Louis said, "no doubt."
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