J.T. Miller, Alex Volkov, and Dennis Yan all scored for the Lightning on Preds backup Juuse Saros, with Carter Verhaeghe and Cedric Paquette each adding an empty-net goal each.
Calle Jarnkrok and Ryan Ellis both scored for the Preds, so you know how tough a game the Bolts were able to come out on top of.
Connor Ingram stopped 22 of 24 shots in a 60-minute win, his first of the preseason.
It wasn’t all rookies in this game. Former Team North America forward J.T. Miller got the party started for the Lightning with a classic slapper from the faceoff dot. A goal you can set your watch to, that’s for sure.
It was a back-and-forth almost the entire way between these two teams. Volkov was able to use some smooth moves in tight to clear a defender, get Saros moving, and pot home the first go-ahead goal for the Lightning on the night.
This goal came late in the game and gave the fans at AMALIE Arena a real treat. IT looked like a nothing shot, it should’ve been a nothing shot, but with the screen in front by defenseman Anton Stralman (I know, right), Denny Yan was able to get the puck through for the lead, and eventual win.
After losing back-to-back games to the Carolina Hurricanes and only being able to score twice over 120 minutes, the Bolts have found a way to beat the Predators not once, but twice, and score five goals in each game. Now, THAT’S the Bolts we’ve come to know and love!
Coach Coop definitely agreed that the effort and results carried over from the win against Nashville on Friday. “Every game we’ve gotten better. Our structure’s gotten better. Our compete’s elevated. You want to see that in your group, and that’s what we’ve been able to see.”
In the 3 Things we Learned article by Bryan Burns, Dennis Yan’s shot has turned heads. [NHL dot com]
“When I turned around and I saw the net, the goalie was kind of looking like that,” Yan said, indicating Saros was looking the other way. “There was a couple D in front and I kind of felt they weren’t paying attention when I shot it, and it went through (Saros’) glove. It was kind of a long-distance shot, but I had an eye on that.”
Final numbers for tonight:— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) September 23, 2018
20-of-22 saves for Ingram.#NSHvsTBL
Martel was an undrafted player from the QMJHL who signed an entry level contract with the Flyers after three years with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (that sounds familiar...) and after three seasons with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the AHL (and four NHL games with the Flyers), he’s now a member of the Lightning organization.
Also, judging by his youtube searches; he fights sometimes.
Broad Street Hockey had a lot to about their newly departed forward. The Flyers SBN site is probably your best bet for information if you want to learn more about Martel. [Broad Street Hockey]
Martel was named to the AHL All-Star game last season, though he wasn’t able to participate after falling victim to a big (and illegal) hit in January. After coming back from injury, Martel struggled to maintain quite the same pace of production he was on earlier in the year (unsurprisingly, as that would’ve been a tough clip to match regardless), but finished the year with a respectable 25 goals and 15 points in 59 games.
Some more on Danick; also known as a really nice story.
Trevor is correct. Danick's total number of appearances were ridiculous. He would go to youth practices in the area even when he wasn't signed up to represent the Phantoms. Danick said that the kids and parents would go, "You're visiting us, again?!" 30 minute drive to do that. https://t.co/9BUqzzEYdC— Bob Rotruck (@BobRotruck) September 22, 2018
Danick: "What else am I going to do, play video games?! I have time in the day to spend with the kids and it puts a smile on their faces so that is what I want to do."— Bob Rotruck (@BobRotruck) September 22, 2018
January 13 was the day Martel had his jaw broken on that violent hit in a game against Hershey. Earlier in the day he was playing sled hockey with the paraplegic group visiting Allentown. That was on a game day.— Bob Rotruck (@BobRotruck) September 22, 2018
Very uncommon for a player to make such an appearance before a game
In a Fanpost, TeslaCoils gives a great breakdown of Training Camp so far and what they’ve seen out of some of the players. A must-read! [Raw Charge]
Cirelli - zipping around like his skates had rockets on ‘em. Was having a bit of a problem with being smushed along the boards during puck battles. Could also make lineup, but he could use a few more sandwiches or something.
The other five forwards I remember would all show some flair/skill now and then, but otherwise weren’t that memorable in the chaos. Listed in order of the impression they made on me, most to least. Remember that this is all subjective.
This year may not be the one where you see a lot of prospects graduate to the NHL, but there are a lot who are just hitting dingers in terms of what they’ve been able to show the team and fans. One of those people is Boris Katchouk. [Tampa Bay Times]
“If I keep producing, if I keep playing well, it’s going to turn heads for the coaches and give them a hard choice to make for them,” Katchouk said.
“He’s smart, and he knows where the pucks going,” Stephens said. “He’s got a heavy shot. Hands in tight. Can make plays. Just overall work ethic.”
The first is comparable players by 5-on-5 offensive score per 82 games. Despite the lack of ice time, he’s nestled in between Mathieu Perreault ($4.125 million cap hit) and Chris Kreider($4.625 million cap hit) while not being too far behind Hart Trophy candidate Anze Kopitar ($10 million cap hit) and young ace Jack Eichel ($10 million cap hit). For the sake of completeness, Wood’s total game score per game was 2.25 last season - which ranked 103rd out of 520 NHL forwards per Corsica, virtually tied with Michael Frolik ($4.3 million cap hit) and Rickard Rakell ($3.789-ish million cap hit).
Most Comparable Wingers:— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) September 22, 2018
Miles Wood (F)
Four Years, $2.75M AAV
Player (Signing Team)
1. Ondrej Kase (ANA)
2. Zach Hyman (TOR)
3. Oliver Bjorkstrand (CBJ)
4. Bryan Rust (PIT)
5. Antoine Roussel (DAL) pic.twitter.com/1wSusFRVfX
Another episode of The Ice Garden’s podcast is out for any and all women’s hockey fans! [The Ice Garden]
The Boston Pride re-signed former NWHL Goaltender of the Year Brittany Ott to join Katie Burt and Madison Litchfield in the goal crease. The Metropolitan Riveters brought back a veteran of their own by re-signing Erika Lawler, securing their center depth. But the Connecticut Whale out-did everyone this past week by signing four players, including NWHL trailblazers Elena Orlando and Jordan Brickner.
Highlight of the Night: Erik Brannstrom.