Last night, the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrated their first victory in Las Vegas with a 3-2 win. The win was costly, however. Most obviously, Victor Hedman was injured during the second period by getting pushed into the boards by Ryan Reaves. He did not come back to play. [Game recap from Raw Charge]
Joe Smith later reported that Hedman’s injury is not long term, although he will be out vs. the Coyotes.
Four shots and several turnovers later the Lightning earned a power play after Ryan Reaves horse collared Gourde in the offensive zone. That was the second big hit Reaves had in 30 seconds, his first was a high hit that sent Victor Hedman spinning awkwardly into the boards. The big Swede left the ice immediately and didn’t return to the game.
Here is the recap from our worthy foes at Knights on Ice. [KOI]
The Golden Knights splurged this offseason in signing free agent Paul Stastny and acquiring winger Max Pacioretty to fill out what should have been one of the best second lines in the league. Instead, Stastny only appeared in three games before injuring himself, and he may be out until Christmas time.
Meanwhile, Pacioretty logged just 1:47 of ice time today before he took an elbow to the head from Lightning defenseman Braydon Coburn early in the first period.
Victor Hedman will not return tonight, per #tblightning. Got hurt on collision with Reaves early in second.— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) October 27, 2018
Reaves hits Hedman early in 2nd; Hedman left ice immediately, hasn't been back. It looks like Reaves caught Hedman in awkward position & Hedman might have hit his head against boards #VegasBorn #GoBolts pic.twitter.com/B439qBII2Z— Sheng Peng (@Sheng_Peng) October 26, 2018
Less obvious to us viewers but also reported, Ondrej Palat disappeared for the last half of the third period. He was injured blocking a shot, per Joe.
Cooper indicated Hedman likely out Saturday vs Coyotes. Good news for TB is that they don’t see injury as long term. No update on Palat too, he got hurt blocking shot in third. https://t.co/jhsUr2aN2H— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) October 27, 2018
Something else to keep an eye on here, but Ondrej Palat did not play the final (almost) nine minutes of the third period, which considering they were protecting a lead, seems at least noteworthy— Lightning Insider (@Erik_Erlendsson) October 27, 2018
We’ll be keeping an eye out for health updates as the day goes on.
On a happier note, last night’s costly victory also marked a milestone for Vasy:
Helping the @TBLightning top VGK tonight, Andrei Vasilevskiy gets his 90th career win- reaches the mark in the 5th fewest career games by a goalie born outside North America (162)— StatsCentre (@StatsCentre) October 27, 2018
And for the franchise:
Three different players scored to power the Lightning to a 7-1-1 record, equaling their best nine-game start to a season in franchise history (also 7-1-1 in 2017-18 and 2003-04). #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/z4hVqtMX2p— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) October 27, 2018
And there were some extremely pretty moments in last night’s game:
“Louis has really good hockey IQ,” Jean said. “He’s able to grab the information that comes to him and make sense of it really quickly. Elite goalies usually have that ability, and Louis has it. He’s a guy that uses his body well. When he gets in a shooting lane, he doesn’t get beat on straight shots very often. His coverage is really good.
Geo writes that the Lightning’s third line needs to start scoring some goals [Raw Charge]
That suggests we have a certain amount of bad luck going for the third line here. Their PDO (a combination of on-ice shooting percentage and save percentage) is a paltry 89.29. PDO generally measures luck with a 100 being average. A PDO that far off of 100 usually means there will be a turnaround at some point. Their shooting percentage has obviously been worse than any of the lines with a goose egg. But the save percentage behind them is only better than the .800 SV% that the fourth line has gotten.
Something to watch out for. How will Hedman’s injury impact the Syracuse Crunch?
Speaking of injuries: Gabriel Dumont’s injury leaves a huge void in Crunch line-up [Raw Charge]
The Quebec native is their number one center, their number one penalty killer and the cornerstone of their power play. Due to that lower-body injury, he is also going to be missing for the next four-to-six weeks. At best he misses 10-15 games, at worst the injury lingers and the initial four-to-six weeks turns into three-to-four months. Either way, this leaves a huge hole for the team to fill.
Sticks and Sounds: A Love Letter to Hockey on the Radio [Jackets Cannon]
The radio gives a better feel for the rhythm of the action. The ambient noise of skates and sticks and shouts are more pronounced with the visuals taken away. The description can flow along with the movement on something like a power play, with McElligott chaining last names together in rapid fire succession as the puck tic-tac-toes its way through the zone.
Ziegler, former NHL president, dies at 84 [NHL.com]
Ziegler stepped down as president in June 1992. Gary Bettman became the NHL’s first commissioner on Feb. 1, 1993.
After leaving the NHL, Ziegler worked at a Detroit law firm and served as an alternate governor for the Chicago Blackhawks.
”We mourn the passing of John Ziegler,” Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz said. “His positive imprint on the game of hockey cannot ever be overstated.
Nothing can beat Zdeno Chara in the bunny suit, but at least there’s this:
Just your average day at the office. (Boston Children’s.) pic.twitter.com/hcV0tIbqWi— Amalie Benjamin (@AmalieBenjamin) October 26, 2018
So this is interesting. Also, I’m sure the fact that there’s a team in Las Vegas has NOTHING to do with it:
The NHL has decided to dive head-first into the sports betting business. Official partnership(s) to be announced at a Monday morning press conference in New York. Word I'm hearing is "we're going all in."— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) October 26, 2018
“It’s important that we take time to reflect and acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of the entire Latino community.”— AHL (@TheAHL) October 26, 2018
The @sarampage are pulling out all the stops for Día de los Muertos.
→ https://t.co/cq2zZZRAbZ pic.twitter.com/LTQkWeZHlE
We’ll be back at you a little later today with the game preview vs. the Arizona Coyotes, in which Louis Domingue will make his homecoming. Here’s hoping a tired and depleted Tampa Bay Lightning can fend off the Coyotes and make Domingue’s victory lap complete.