Sportsnet investigates the excellent topic of Steve Yzerman’s excellence, and more.

The Bolts

Get well soon, Stralman!

Stralman is out for Monday’s game. [Rotowire]

Lightning power play is…good?! “The Lightning’s power play has been potent, a big reason Tampa Bay is riding a four-game winning streak into tonight’s game against the Predators. Its power play was ranked second in the NHL at 26.4 percent entering Sunday.” [Tampa Bay Times]

“Vasilevskiy hasn’t given up a goal since the Islanders’ Andrew Ladd scored in the second period of a 4-1 Lightning victory on November 10, a shutout streak of 151 minutes for the Russian netminder.” [NHL.com]

“The roots of Steve Yzerman’s success as a GM lie in his questioning nature, a habit he’s had since the early days of his career.” A Sportsnet long read about the object of everyone’s GM crushes. [Sportsnet]

“Groulx’s to-do list this season features a little bit of everything. There are players like Witkowski, who are serving the NHL team on an as-needed basis, and high-end talent like Koekkoek who can use the AHL as a final stop for fine-tuning.” How the Lightning organization readies prospects for the NHL. [Sportsnet]

“Roughly 650 hits are flagged each season for further review. An average of 30 result in suspensions. That’s just under 5 percent. The department has its share of critics, but it prides itself on being thorough and transparent.” Behind the scenes at the DOPS. [Tampa Bay Times]

The Game

“On Tuesday, the Las Vegas entry in the National Hockey League will unveil its nickname and logo. It’s expected to be the Las Vegas (Something) Knights.” [Toronto Sun]

“NHL player hit with a slapshot in face gets 36 stitches then returns to score game-winning goal.” The headline is everything. [Washington Post]

“McDavid hadn’t scored a goal in 10 games before his hat trick. He now has eight goals on the season.” Connor McDavid Gets His First NHL Hat Trick. [Deadspin]

Barry Trotz thinks the Blue Jackets won on an embellishment. [Puck Daddy]

Keeping up with Craig Cunningham health news after his on-ice collapse on Saturday. [Five for Howling]

More about the Sled Classic coming up soon!


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