How are the Tampa Bay Lightning matching up in scoring against the league averages at each position? As one of the best teams in the league, you are right to expect they exceed the league average. [Raw Charge]
It shouldn’t be a surprise that one of the best offenses in the NHL is Above Average almost across the board. Two of the three spots that are below average are minor leaguers that haven’t been up the whole season. Even Ondrej Palat with his 30 points would line up as an average second line left winger.
Forward lines at #Bolts practice:— Caley Chelios (@CaleyChelios) March 16, 2018
Who is going to take home hardware from Las Vegas at the NHL Awards? Seriously. We’re going to do this properly, no bias. [Raw Charge]
The debate over second place is fun but, ultimately, it’s still only second place. The player who would be first on my ballot is Connor McDavid. Comfortably. He’s among the leaders in scoring. His on-ice impacts are second only to Giroux on this list. His offensive impacts are so extreme that even giving up a little defensively still results in huge gains overall.
On rebounding from the Ottawa game tomorrow vs. Boston: "We expect our guys to respond but we’ll learn tomorrow night obviously. Judging on what we’ve done the last couple days, I expect that game will have their full attention."— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) March 16, 2018
Practice day | Rick Bowness: pic.twitter.com/6DgRt48rNk
This week’s fan poll has everything to do with community. What is it like being part of our family, our team, and even our state. [Raw Charge]
In the wake of the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Florida, our in-state and Atlantic Division rivals the Florida Panthers have done some pretty remarkable outreach on behalf of the school, and specifically their varsity hockey team. In hockey, this is pretty much the standard to which we have become accustomed. Our rivalries are fierce and competitive but when it comes to things that really matter, our bond as members of The Hockey Family transcend any hard feelings that may result from what happens on the ice. For that, we say good job, Panthers.
This Sunday during #EDMvsTBL will be our @floridahospital Pediatric Health Night!— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) March 16, 2018
Buddy Bears will be handed out at section 128 & for every bear given away, a bear will be delivered to a pediatric patient along with a hand-written note of encouragement. https://t.co/cv0jUTicRG
The Bruins are four points behind Tampa Bay for first place in the Atlantic Division lead. Saturday is the first of three meetings in the final three weeks that could determine the division title and home ice.
If you’re the Lightning, you don’t want to finish second and have to potentially beat both Boston and Toronto on a Stanley Cup run.
Congratulations, Coach! Benoit Groulx of the Syracuse Crunch wins his 300th game coached in the AHL. 149-119-32 in the AHL for Syracuse and Rochester, 76-43-21 for the Crunch in the past two seasons. Not bad at all. [Hockey DB]
Speaking of winning hockey games, the Crunch won their game over the Springfield Thunderbirds, 3-2. Gabriel Dumont, Matthew Peca, and Olivier Archambault sccored for the blue team. [Local SYR News]
Goaltender Louis Domingue stopped 26-of-28 shots in net for the Crunch, while Harri Sateri turned aside 32-of-35 for the Thunderbirds. Syracuse converted one 1-of-6 power play opportunities and stopped 3-of-4 Springfield man-advantages.
Nine points in seven games is Player of the Week quality play, kudos to Mathieu Joseph for all his hard work.
GOAL!— xyz Soo Greyhounds (@OHLHoundPower) March 17, 2018
Add another one on the campaign for @Raddy1998! A rip to the bottom corner with @TBLightning partner Katchouk parked out in front on the power play is good enough for the lead, 3-2 HOUNDS! | #SOOvsFLNT pic.twitter.com/eos1cgYSRq
Tampa Bay’s Decclan Farmer had led Team USA to the Gold medal game in the Olympic Men’s Sledge hockey tournament. [Tampa Bay Times]
“I’d be lying if I didn’t say it: It would be cooler playing Canada in this game, our biggest rival,” Farmer said late Friday night by phone from Gangneung. “This is the game you dream about as a kid, playing against your biggest rival in the Paralympics hockey gold medal game. I know I’ve been dreaming about this game since I started playing competitively at 12.”
In the Bronze medal game, South Korea beat Italy for their first hockey medal at the 2018 Olympics/Paralympics. [Korea Herald]
South Korea won the men’s ice sledge hockey bronze medal at the PyeongChang Winter Paralympics after beating Italy 1-0 on Saturday.
“Their sweat, blood and tears from such a difficult environment, coming to this stage with nothing but trust ... the tears are my gratitude for them,” he said. (Yonhap)
The PHWA voted to reveal all voting ballots from now on. This means we will know who voted for each award at the NHL Awards. [PHWA]
Members of the PHWA have voted by an overwhelming margin to reveal each voter's individual ballot following this year's National Hockey League Awards ceremony:https://t.co/sDAr37j25D— PHWA (@ThePHWA) March 16, 2018
Ilya Kovalchuk is returning to the NHL and wants to say for “several years.” [CBC Sports]
He adds that he wants to match Russian teammate Pavel Datsyuk as a member of the so-called triple gold club of players who have won the Olympic gold medal, world championship, and Stanley Cup. Kovalchuk walked out on the New Jersey Devils in 2013 to return to Russia, where he has since won two KHL titles.
Juuse Saros: I think Saros has done his homework. He was able to respond to most of the chances from Colorado’s heavy weapons. Saros swallowed up rebounds tonight, something he struggled with against New Jersey. He gets the tough starts on back-to-back trips, and he stood tall tonight. The younger Finnish goaltender saved 33 of 35 shots in tonight’s game.
Highlight of the Night: Johnny Gaudreau is too fast for all of us.