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An overhaul on Lightning special teams, was there parental involvement on the Jonathan Doruin story? P.K. Subban gets honored and so does Jeremy Jacobs.

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  • Winning hides flaws and faults. Nine wins in-a-row kept a weakness of the Tampa Bay Lightning lineup out o focus. The end of the streak and an overtime loss brought it to the forefront: The power play sucks and a change needed. []
  • John-Michael Liles will not be disciplined for his hit on Nikita Kucherov from the Lightning-Bruins game on Tuesday. [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • Pierre LeBrum addresses the Jonathan Drouin situation and what comes next... Well, what does come next? [ESPN]
  • Take it with a grain of salt or two but speculation has it - by way of Phil Esposito banter on 620 WDAE, that Jonathan Drouin's parents may have influenced Drouin. [Today's Slapshot]
  • Consecutive starts seem to sharpen the netminders, just ask Adam Wilcox of the Syracuse Crunch, who has largely had a mixed season in the AHL as a backup to Kristers Gudlevskis. [Bolt Prospects]
  • March 26th at War Memorial in Syracuse is Pucks for Paws night: 

  • The NHL and Yahoo sports have reached an agreement to have a few games a week streamed live online for free. [Sports Business Daily]
  • We've got a little thing about keeping politics out of Raw Charge (comments, content)... What about when the Stanley Cup shows up at the State Department? [Russian Machine Never Breaks]
  • A little more coverage of what went on in Washington Thursday because it's going to be a US city that hoists the Cup this summer and bragging/rubbing it in is part of the deal. [Second City Hockey]
  • P.K. Subban has been part of trade chatter during the lead in to the NHL trade deadline. He's been put down by critics, and now? Praised for community involvement; he won an award for the act. [Habs Eyes on the Prize]
  • ...but things took a very rough turn for Subban last night in the Canadiens game against the Buffalo Sabres. Subban was carted off after receiving this hit from Alexeev Emelin:

  • Speculation on the flavoring of the 2016-17 Winter Classic, which will be played in St. Louis. [St. Louis Game Time]
  • Tight Central Division race up top, the Dallas stars are 3-5-2 in their past 10... that's led to a shakeup of line combinations in order to get things back on track. [Defending Big D]
  • College free agent signing season is alive and you'll see it mentioned from time to time in the days ahead. In this case, the Detroit Red Wings have signed Dan Renouf from the University of Maine. [Winging it in Motown]
  • Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs is getting some historic props - being inducted into the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame. OK, that's not national but it is a token of respect for the man and worth mention. [Big Bad Blog]