So, you're a casual Tampa Bay sports fan and you're interested in coverage of the Lightning during this playoff season. Or, maybe you're a Montreal Canadiens fan and you want to see how the other half lives? Or maybe you're a general NHL fan and just want to see Lightning coverage during the playoffs? Whatever the case, if you're attuned to social media, you're looking for whom to follow from Bolts Nation and we have a few suggestions for you below.
The beat writers and mainstream sources
Tampa Bay has two dedicated newspaper beat writers who know the ins and outs of this club and keep eeryone abreast on a day to day basis. The team also employs their own beat reporter to cover things:
Erik Erlendsson (Tampa Tribune / TBO): Follow @ErlendssonTBO
Damian Cristodero (Tampa Bay Times): Follow @LightningTimes
Missy Zielinski (Tampa Bay Lightning): Follow @Missy_Zielinski
There are also links to radio and television worth noting. The Lightning also employ a full-time reporter to cover wider happenings with the club.
Paul Kennedy (Sun Sports / Fox Sports Florida host): Follow @PaulKennedyFOX
Lightning Radio: Follow @BoltsRadioe
Matt Sammon (director / personality from Lightning radio broadcasts): Follow @sammonsez
Michelle Gingras (Tampa Bay Lightning reporter): Follow @michellegingras
The Blogs and the bloggers:
Not including Raw Charge (@RawCharge), there are four top-level blogs of note for the Lightning. While there may be others that I'm unaware of, these are dedicated avenues for coverage:
After that, let me mention independent and individual writers. Ever one is a unique source for both information and conversation (though not always dedicated to the Lightning and hockey; these are personal accounts after all):
Mike Stuart (Hockey Buzz): Follow @hb_mikestuart
Thomas Fernandez (Sports Talk Florida): Follow @trfernandez2190
Taylor Gaines (Hooked on hockey Magazine): Follow @FainesTaylor
Alexis Boucher (Lightning Shout): Follow @alexis_b82
Jason Haas (Lightning Shout): Follow @czechingball
Pete Choquette (Bolt Prospects): Follow @JollyMeanGiant
Mike Gallimore (Bolt Prospects / Bolt Statistics): Follow @mikegallimore
Kyle Alexander (Raw Charge / Bolt Statistics): Follow @kalexanderRC
Clare Austin (Raw Charge / Puckology.com): Follow @Puckologist
David Baldwin (Raw Charge): Follow @dbaldwin1215
Clark Brooks (Raw Charge): Follow @ClarkBrooks
Cassie McClellan (Raw Charge) Follow @dagmar27
Nolan Whyte (Raw Charge: Follow @nolanwhyte
(Note: Apologies to any Lightning bloggers I have missed or forgotten)
So who are your must follows for these playoffs for the Lightning? For the Canadiens? How about the general NHL? Post them in the comments.
Not on Twitter but curious about Lightning chatter and coverage? You're in luck as we have a page dedicated to it here on Raw Charge. This page includes players, prospects, some team officials and personalities, Syracuse Crunch accounts and more.