PLAY OF THE DAY HOCKEY Monday, March 31, 2008

Mar 31, 2008 9:44 PM

Atlanta Thrashers at Tampa Bay Lightning (Total 5 1/2): These two teams are out of the NHL playoff race and could care less about playing tight-checking defense tonight. Toss in the fact that three of the most talented skill-position players in the league in Kovalchuk, St. Louis and Lecavalier will be on the ice and the reality that these two teams are averaging 8.3 goals per game at St. Pete Times Forum this season and it’s not brain surgery to lean toward taking over the total in this meaningless game for both teams to start the final week of the regular season. OVER 5½.