The Lightning land themselves again in Scott Burnside's ESPN 'This week's games to watch' with tomorrow's game against the Capitals. As we all remember, last week before the blowout against the Pens, the Lightning won 1-0 in overtime with Dwayne Roloson's debut with the team. Will tomorrow's game turn out to be another 1-0 games that needs to be decided in overtime again? And who will win this one? Burnside thinks this one will go to overtime but go in favour of the Caps this time
Your Lightning and links from around the NHL after the jump...
Your Lightning links:
- In the National Post, Yzerman's 'methodical, strategic approach' is paying off but he says "There are nights where I go home and think, ‘You know, we’ve got a real good team here,’ " Yzerman says. "And then you lose 8-1 [to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday] and you wonder, ‘Are you sure you know what you’re doing?’ "
- Last week in Puck Daddy: Will the Southeast Division sent four teams to the playoffs?
- Mike Brophy of Sportsnet likes Steve Yzerman's moxy. I like that Brophy used the word moxy in a sentence
- Mike Smith makes Pierre LeBrun's anti-Vezina list of the 5 most disappointing goalies
- Pierre LeBrun in ESPN writes that Vincent Lecavalier looks like he's returning to his level of play from four years ago
- What we learned from the Lightning prospects who participated in the World Junior Championships (Bolt Prospects)
Your NHL links:
- Tom Benjamin of Canucks Corner thinks the Tom Kostopoulos hit on Brad Stuart was legal under the current NHL rules and that the suspension issued by Colin Campbell was done just so the NHL wouldn't look bad
- Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts: Concussion doctor weighs in on Crosby debate and #11 "Good to see everyone was so outraged about Linus Omark's spinarama that we're seeing one every 10 minutes."
- On From the Rink - They said it: Current and former NHL players on concussions
- Down Goes Brown: The NHL's standard test for diagnosing concussions
- On Copper and Blue: 2010 Draft - Forwards and NHL Equivalencies analyzes the performance of players from the 2010 Draft after converting their production in the WHL, OHL, NCAA etc to an NHL equivalent. And here is the results for the 2009 Draft, and the 2008 Draft
- This is not really recent but an article in Sports Illustrated on the How (and Why) Athletes Go Broke (via blog Play Money)
- From James Mirtle in the Globe and Mail: NHL goalies are getting bigger and bigger
- Behind the Net writes on the defensive forward in their roundtable post called the League of Extraordinary Statisticians
- The morning after the loss to the Russians in gold medal match, Roy Macgregor of the Globe and Mail tells Canadian readers to "get a grip"
- Roy Macgregor again in the Globe and Mail, has a great story on Team Canada goalie Mark Visentin about the hours after the loss in the gold medal match and the lessons he'll learn from the experience
- But one writer from the Globe and Mail would like to point out that it's not always the prize that matters most but rather the journey
- And a sad story but Tom Cavanagh (not the actor from Ed), a Rhode Island hockey player who was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in 2001, was found dead at a Providence mall