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Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi (5) gets helped off the ice by center Steven Stamkos (91) and defenseman Victor Hedman (77) after getting hit by the puck during the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena.
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The Bolts

Who steps up for the Tampa Bay Lightning with Victor Hedman out? We are now only a few days away from knowing the answer. [The Hockey News]

“But the other major reason Tampa Bay could come out the other side of the Hedman injury no worse for wear is that the Lightning are well-equipped to deal with such an injury. And that starts at the top of the blueline where, as a safety net for Hedman missing time, coach Jon Cooper will be able to turn to Anton Stralman as his top defenseman.”

A new Charged Up: A Raw Charge Podcast is out and Hardev came on as a guest. He’s young but you may know his work. [Raw Charge]

“On this episode, Raw Charge’s Quick Strikes guru (and overall badass) Hardev Lad joins me to discuss J.T. Brown being placed on waivers, the injury to Victor Hedman, and the depth that Steve Yzerman has at the defensive position.”

Let’s put this year into context, how have this years’ Bolts compared to players of the past? [Raw Charge]

“For captain Steven Stamkos, we’ll just look at his first nine years. The ten players that compare to him in order are Gordie Howe, Dany Heatley, Brett Hull, Steve Yzerman, Charlie Conacher, Bill Cook, Teemu Selanne, Paul Kariya, Jari Kurri, Marcel Dionne.”

The new Lightning TV commercial is pretty good.

The Prospects

Jonne Tammela get’s his first AHL goal in Syraccuse’s ninth straight win, a 3-0 victory over the Binghamton Devils. It was Louis Domingue’s second straight shutout since his return from the Tampa Bay Lightning. [Auburn Pub]

“Tammela jammed in a rebound for his first North American pro goal Monday, as the Crunch shut out the Binghamton Devils, 3-0, at the Onondaga County War Memorial for their ninth straight victory.”

The injury should’ve ended his career, his professional career at the very least. Playing down in the Soo — where his rights were traded to — sounded like the safe thing to do. But no. Instead, Jonne Tammela is in the AHL and is proving he belongs. [Syracuse]

“The last time Tammela scored when it counted was the start of the 2016-17 season, playing for Peterborough of the OHL. Since then Tammela, a fourth-round pick by Tampa Bay in 2015, has been sidelined by three knee surgeries, two on his right and one on his left.”

Taylor Raddysh earned player of the week honors in the OHL this week! Four goals, five assists in only three games will do that. [OHL]

“Raddysh returned to OHL action following a gold medal performance with Canada’s National Junior Team and delivered three multi-point efforts in his first week with the Greyhounds helping them earn a trio of victories to extend their point-streak to 29.”

The Syraccuse Crunch have been on a tear this week. A week in review. [Raw Charge]

“Syracuse has been without key players Dennis Yan and Anthony Cirelli for a couple of contests while head coach Ben Groulx has been forced to hand the reigns over to rookie netminder Connor Ingram; Louis Domingue is soaking up the sun in Tampa Bay. The 20-year-old keeper hasn’t disappointed, winning all six of his last starts.”

The Game

The Aberdeen Lynx kick off their 2018 season with a 4-2 victory over the Kilmarnock Storm of the Scottish National League. Jordan Leyden led the way with a hat trick. [Evening Express]

“When the game was allowed to flow unimpeded the sell-out Aberdeen crowd were treated to an entertaining display of physical hockey with talismanic forward Leyden turning in an outstanding performance.

Leyden grabbed a hat-trick in a feisty first period that saw more than a dozen penalties handed out.”

If you want to know more about the Lynx, check out this video by Steve Dangle, Scottish hockey players sound like a lot of fun.

Swedish Sebastian Aho has suffered both a lower-body (probably knee) and concussion from his hit with Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano. Giordano was not suspended. [Canes Country]

“Aho has yet to miss a game in his two season NHL career, playing all 82 games last season and in each of Carolina’s 45 games this year. At the time of his injury Aho led the team in goals (16) and points (37), and his 21 assists were second on the team to Teuvo Teravainen.”

Highlight of the Night: Mathew Barzal had yet another multi-point night, this time a three-pointer that included this beauty I like to call the Edmonton Oilers Special: Barzal from Jordan Eberle. [Sportsnet]