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The case for and against trading Tampa Bay Lightning’s Tyler Johnson this offseason

December 17th, 2017

Yzerman might be faced with a significant challenge before July 1, 2018. Let’s say it’s June 30, 2018. Tomorrow marks a significant day regarding the near future of the Tampa Bay Lightning organization. July 1 is the day that Nikita Kucherov can sign his eight-year contract extension for X amount of dollars. July 1 is the day that Brayden Point can sign the first contract extension of his brief NHL career. July 1 is also the day that Tyler Johnson’s full no-trade clause kicks in for the next three seasons. Why is that significant? It might result in a few cap casualties for the Lightning.... Read More

Quick Strikes: Mikhail Sergachev on pace to break NHL rookie GWG record

December 17th, 2017

And how’s it Drouin over in Montreal? The Bolts After a boring first period, the Tampa Bay Lightning jumped out to a 4-0 lead over the Colorado Avalanche. The final score was 6-5 with Mikhail Sergachev earning the game-winning goal. Safe to say this game was a barn-burner. On Colorado’s Star Wars Night no less! [Raw Charge] “Victor Hedman played a complete game. He contributed offensively and defensively. He was all over the ice, consistently making his presence known. His pass to Kucherov started the flood of scoring (including a goal of his own). He saved a sure goal from the goal line.” Heddy’s... Read More

Tampa Bay Lightning hang on to defeat the Colorado Avalanche 6-5

December 17th, 2017

The Bolts celebrate Brayden Point’s 100th NHL game with their seventh consecutive win. Also, Hedman is awesome. The Tampa Bay Lightning and Colorado Avalanche played a surprisingly close, high-scoring game that ultimately ended in a 6-5 victory for the Bolts. The Lightning walked away with two points, and hopefully something even more important: the reminder that no lead is safe and the game is not over until the clock runs out. The First Period The start of the game is all defense. The Lightning kill two penalties with the clinical precision we have come to expect from them. For me, the best... Read More

Tampa Bay Lightning at Colorado Avalanche: Bolts are the Storm Troopers on Star Wars night

December 16th, 2017

Let’s spoil their fun. Tampa Bay Lightning @ Colorado Avalanche: Game #32 Time: 9:00 PM Eastern Time Location: Pepsi Center Broadcast / Streaming: ALT, SUN Opponent SBNation Site: Mile High Hockey Preview Last time Tampa Bay met Colorado, it was in Tampa, and Gabriel Landeskog scored early. Peter Budaj was in net, but after a poor start in which he also allowed a weak goal from Erik Johnson, he shut the door to end the game with a .933 SV%. That meeting at TBL was the last game of a four-game losing streak for Colorado. After they left Tampa, they went on to win the next two games against Florida... Read More

Four Tampa Bay Lightning prospects make Team Canada

December 16th, 2017

Raw Charge was at Canada’s selection camp and we spoke with the Howden, Raddysh, and Katchouk. Yesterday, four Tampa Bay Lightning players were named to the Team Canada roster for the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championships. Watching these players at camp, we saw Canada lose two games in a row to the Canadian University All-Stars, but defeated Denmark this afternoon. Canada was either good at defending or easily overtaking a weaker opponent. Running the gauntlet of talent, Canada had some hard choices to make. What they didn’t think was hard was the choice to keep all four of the Lightning... Read More

Quick Strikes: Tampa Bay Lightning lose Ryan Callahan to injury on road trip

December 16th, 2017

In other news, Anthony Cirelli receives his AHL Player of the Week award. The Bolts Yeah, some of today’s news sucks. We’ll get the bad news over with first — poor Ryan Callahan, injured in an accident against the boards during the Tampa Bay Lightning game against the Arizona Coyotes on December 14. “The Lightning forward appeared to suffer an arm injury of some sort and was in obvious pain as he headed directly to the locker room after the play.” [Raw Charge] Joe wrote about other players’ reactions to Ryan Callahan’s injury. “You feel so bad for him,”... Read More

Ryan Callahan out “indefinitely” for Tampa Bay Lightning after injury in Arizona

December 16th, 2017

After getting tangled with Oliver Ekman-Larsson in the third period of Thursday’s hockey game against the Coyotes, Callahan sustained an upper-body injury. According to an update from the Tampa Bay Lightning, Ryan Callahan is out indefinitely after sustaining an upper-body injury in Thursday’s match against the Arizona Coyotes. GM Steve Yzerman said that his injury will be reevaluated in three to four weeks. In 29 games played with the team so far this season, Callahan has earned six points on a hard-working fourth line with Cedric Paquette and Chris Kunitz. His points total doesn’t reflect... Read More

Estimated shot assists for the Tampa Bay Lightning this season

December 15th, 2017

A look at the Lightning’s offensive play this season Earlier this week, I released a method for estimating player shot assists at Hockey Graphs. If you’re not familiar with shot assists or why they’re important, check out Ryan Stimson’s work on the subject. To summarize, shot contributions (shot assists + shots) are better predictors of future scoring than points themselves for skaters. And further, the passing sequence before a shot is a significant factor in whether or not the shot becomes a goal. If you want to learn more about the math behind these stats, I encourage you to explore... Read More

Tampa Bay Lightning are well represented at Team Canada’s development camp

December 15th, 2017

Taylor Raddysh is among the Lightning prospects that will be looking to make Team Canada. We all know that the Tampa Bay Lightning have put together one of the best prospect pools in hockey. That was highlighted last week when Hockey Canada announced the roster for their development camp to pick their team for the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championship. The Lightning are better represented than any other team at the camp. Of the 33 players invited to try out for Team Canada, we see four baby Bolts: Cal Foote, Boris Katchouk, Taylor Raddysh and Brett Howden. It’s going to be hard for all four... Read More

This week’s Tampa Bay Lightning fan poll: Unsung heroes

December 15th, 2017

This season, Senior Columnist Clark Brooks will take the pulse of Raw Charge nation with a weekly poll about current or future events and non-happenings, for the sake of accomplishing not much, probably. Would you like to know what I find fun about doing these polls? There are a couple of reasons. One, they’re very democratic in that they not only invite audience participation, they’re dependent upon that. Two, the answers are subjective opinions and therefor immune to argument. I mean, you CAN argue with them because if there’s one thing the internet has taught us is that you can argue... Read More

Quick Strikes: Brayden Point wins the Gordie Howe Hat-trick badge

December 15th, 2017

and is Mikhail Sergachev an Avenger, Muppet, or Jedi? The Bolts The Arizona Coyotes put up a good fight but the Tampa Bay Lightning ultimately had their way. [Raw Charge] “Vasilevskiy didn’t have much work to do but on the rare occasions that Arizona was able to get to dangerous spots, the Lightning goalie did his part to maintain the lead. The Lightning were solid in their own zone for most of the night, which helped to their goaltender.” The Lightning didn’t leave their game against Arizona unscathed, unfortunately. Ryan Callahan fell very hard and very awkwardly with Oliver Ekman-Larsson... Read More

Tampa Bay Lightning defeat Arizona Coyotes 4-1

December 15th, 2017

The Lightning win again on the road The Tampa Bay Lightning headed into their game against Arizona as a heavy favorite. This season has been rough for the Coyotes. After making what seemed to be smart moves in the offseason, they looked to be ready to take a step toward being a competitive NHL team. That hasn’t happened. They’ve struggled just as much as last year. The Lightning are in the opposite position. They’ve been among the best teams in the league. On paper, this game looked about as one-sided as a game could be. But it didn’t start that way. Arizona kept pace with the Lightning... Read More

Tampa Bay Lightning at Arizona Coyotes: first place vs. last place.

December 14th, 2017

The best team in the NHL squares off with the bottom dwellers of Glendale, Arizona. Tampa Bay Lightning @ Arizona Coyotes: Game #31 Time: 9:00 Eastern Time Location: Gila River Arena Broadcast / Streaming: FS—A, SUN Opponent SBNation Site: Five For Howling Preview: Can you believe that the season is already 30 games in for the Lightning? Neither can I. The Lightning are off to a torrid start, pacing the NHL with 46 points and an absurd 22-6-2 record, while the rebuilding Coyotes sit dead last in the league with an abysmal 7-21-5 record and only 19 points. The Coyotes GM, John Chayka, who traded... Read More

Tampa Bay Lightning ten-game stats report: keep doing what you’re doing

December 14th, 2017

The Lightning are playing like one of the best teams in the NHL. I’d like to start this in-depth quantitative review of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s performance through their first thirty games by acknowledging the most important contributor to the team so far this season: us. Yes, us. That lucky shirt we wear every game? It’s working. We should keep wearing it. Keep washing it exactly as often as we have been. We drink the same beverages in the same order during every game? That’s working too. Keep doing that. We take our dogs out during the same timeouts every game? Hey, they might have... Read More

Quick Strikes: The Tampa Bay Lightning continue their dominance everywhere

December 14th, 2017

Podcasts! Bolts at the top of the charts! Senators about to be traded! The Bolts Tyler Johnson’s switch to wing has let him do more of what he’s good at. Cory Conacher clicking with Alex Killorn and Yanni Gourde. Forward injuries and more in Joe Smith’s Journal [Tampa Bay Times] “It’s nice you get up in the zone a little bit more, create some speed in transitional play,” Johnson said. “You’re more of a north-south, straight up and down kind of game. And playing with those guys, they’re great players, it’s a lot of fun.” Always follow your rebound. #TBLvsSTL... Read More

CrunchCast 28: Syracuse Crunch extend winning streak to nine games

December 13th, 2017

For the Syracuse Crunch, the first month and a half of the season was almost exactly what we expected. Syracuse came into October with a plethora of fresh young faces that struggled to adjust to the pro game out of the gates. We always knew the talent was there and that they would eventually figure it out and put together some good hockey games late in the season. What we didn’t expect was to be eating our words by mid-November. Head coach Ben Groulx’s young team hasn’t lost a game since November 19th, a stretch where they have compiled an impressive nine-game winning streak. They have... Read More

Tampa Bay Lightning prospect report: Team Canada and Team USA have baby Bolts

December 13th, 2017

The Lightning are well represented at the IIHF U20 World Juniors and World Junior A challenge Cole Guttman and Nicklaus Perbix are wearing the red, white, and blue to play for Team USA at the World Junior ‘A’ challenge. The tournament is held prior to the IIHF Men’s U20 World Championship (or World Juniors) and is run by Hockey Canada. It’s an invitational tournament featuring what can essentially be called the ‘B’ teams for national junior hockey. The Bolts prospects have left their USHL teams and played one pre-tournament game for USA so far, and the real games kicked off last night. For... Read More

Quick Strikes: Tampa Bay Lightning’s Andrei Vasilevskiy improves to 8-0-0 against the west

December 13th, 2017

Which bodes very, very well. The Bolts Before I get to the articles singing Tampa Bay Lightning’s praises in last night’s game, here are a few more post-game notes care of Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns. Jon Cooper’s quotes about the game are a pretty good summary of the hard work Andrei Vasilevskiy did to kee the team alive in the second: In the second period, we let them have a chance to get right back in the game and our goalie had to bail us out. And then, our third period, we scored in the third, we had some chances actually to extend it, but in the end, we were just... Read More

Quick Strikes: Youth taking over the Tampa Bay Lightning organization

December 13th, 2017

Vasilevskiy, Sergachev, Point, Cirelli, Raddysh, Howden, Foote, Katchouk… The Bolts Young stars shone in Tampa Bay’s 3-0 win over St. Louis. Brayden Point scored the game winner, Nikita Kucherov found himself a goal as well, with Tyler Johnson capping a two-point night with the empty net goal. Oh, and did I mention that Andrei Vasilevskiy got another shutout? [Raw Charge] “23-year-old Vasilevskiy earned himself the first star of the night with a 32-save performance for his third shutout of the season and seventh of his young career. He credited his team for the shutout who, despite... Read More

Recap: Andrei Vasilevskiy and Tampa Bay Lightning make St. Louis sing the shut-out blues

December 13th, 2017

Nikita Kucherov wins the sniper battle against Vladimir Tarasenko. The Tampa Bay Lightning and St. Louis Blues played a very tight and even game, but the top team in the East and NHL came out with a 3-0 win thanks to a couple of very lucky bounces. That’s five wins in a row for the Bolts! Let’s get started with who played in the game. The Lightning went with 12F/6D but had to swap Cory Conacher in for Ryan Callahan, who was a game-time scratch. Looks like Ryan Callahan is a surprise scratch here for #tblightning, along with Sustr and Coburn. Conacher and Brown in — Joe Smith (@TBTimes_JSmith)... Read More