As Tampa Bay Lightning prepare for conference finals

Nikita Kucherov returns to the ice with teammates for the first time

TAMPA – Luke Schenn walked from the Tampa Bay Lightning hotel to American Airlines Center Wednesday afternoon looking forward to participating in a full practice.
The veteran defenseman, however, was told that once again, practice would be limited to about a dozen players. That limits what the players, and the coaches, are able to gain from the ice time.
That's the reality of the schedule NHL these days - all play and no practice.
How the Lightning are navigating the schedule, the "six hour" practice day that's coming.

While Tampa Bay finished off a week that saw the Lightning play five gam...


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