Ninety percent of goaltending is 100 percent mental.

Figuring out how to handle that aspect of the game, however, continues to baffle Mike Smith. The 28-year-old goaltender believes the last month might go a long way to helping him figure out just how to manage his athletic skills and translate them into being a consistent net presence.

Smith spent the past month tending net for the Norfolk Admirals after being the odd man out after the Lightning acquired veteran Dwayne Roloson from the New York Islanders on New Year's Day. That left Smith and Dan Ellis in the awkward position of being repeatedly asked how they were handing a three-goalie roster.

After recovering from a knee sprain that kept him out for a month, Smith was placed on waivers on Feb. 2 and went unclaimed before being assigned to Norfolk on Feb.?5.