Or should I say, Hedline? Congrats to Victor Hedman for making a huge, positive mark on the Tampa Bay Lightning franchise. From his debut in the 2009-2010 season until now, nearly a decade and 663 games later, Hedman has done nothing but quietly, steadily creep up the charts of hockey greatness.
After hitting one high-water mark in 2013-14 with 55 points on the season, 2016-17 was a career season for him, seeing him earn 72 points in 79 games played — nearly a point-per-game pace. And he isn’t so shabby this season, either. The team wouldn’t be the same without its left-shooting Argonath, and we are lucky to be fans of the team in these days of greatness.
Tonight marks @nhl game No. 663 for Victor Hedman, passing Pavel Kubina to make him the new #Bolts franchise leader for most games played by a defenseman!— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) January 11, 2019
Proud to call you ours, Heddy. ⚡️ #CARvsTBL pic.twitter.com/KJwgxBOm2L
“This city means a lot to me...I can’t wait to keep piling up those games.”— FOX Sports Florida (@FOXSportsFL) January 11, 2019
Tonight @heds77 marks his 663rd game, the most ever as a @TBLightning defenseman (Pavel Kubina, 662) as he faces the Carolina Hurricanes! #NHL #GoBolts pic.twitter.com/VKWyNIwrQo
The Lightning played a fun one against the Hurricanes last night. They struggled in the first period but gained steam as the game progressed and eventually completed the comeback scoring three goals in the third period to take both points.
Brayden Point, three points. Steven Stamkos, two points. Lightning, 70 points. This team does nothing but accumulate points like few teams have in NHL history. Also, Kucherov had a point this evening—he’s now at 72 in 43 which is on pace for 137 points. Let that sink in for a moment—137. If he hits that it would be the most in a single season since Sidney Crosby scored 120 in the 2006-2007 season.
Is there a case for Jon Cooper to be a Jack Adams candidate? Puck Prose thinks so.
I’ll be surprised if Jon Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning is taken seriously as a Jack Adams candidate. However, he’s extremely deserving because all the guy has done throughout his career is get the most out of his guys.
Guess who makes this list? Fantasy hockey’s underrated power-play performers [ESPN]
Ondrej Palat, LW, Tampa Bay Lightning (2.2 percent): We’d be remiss to not mention at least one available skater from the league’s hottest offense and power play. Though he hasn’t contributed much tangible to date, Palat remains a persistent threat as member of a Tampa Bay top unit that also includes Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos. If your fantasy roster has holes, he could be worth a flier. When healthy, the 27-year-old has contributed handsomely in the past.
I would say if you’re going to look for one little area to say, ‘Well, I think when the playoffs got tough last year, they could have used a little more muscle’ – Wayne Simmonds on Tampa is a scary proposition.”
Eugene’s weekly news roundup at THW:
To put it bluntly, if the Lightning are able to score five goals-per-game, few teams in the NHL will be able to keep pace with them. As we have seen this season, they can lose their starting goaltender or a top defenseman to an injury and just keep winning games by outscoring the opponent. Will this incredible scoring pace keep up all season? Likely not. But there’s no reason to believe that they won’t continue being the top scoring team the rest of the season.
Thank you @TBLightning for inviting @TampaPD @myclearwaterPD and #stpetepd Chiefs for the honorary puck drop in LEO Appreciation night! Thanks for the support! @NLEOMF #protect&serve pic.twitter.com/WRJYycQioP— St. Pete Police (@StPetePD) January 11, 2019
What are this week’s AHL power rankings and where do the Syracuse Crunch fall? I’m glad you asked. [EP Rinkside]
A significant test – a visit from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers this past Friday – came the Crunch’s way, and they passed it. They held Bridgeport to 20 shots in a 3-1 win. The following night on Syracuse ice featured a rare dud from the Crunch, a 5-2 loss to the Marlies. The Crunch have feasted on the power play, and they went 4-for-12 on the man-advantage in the weekend’s two games. That has the Syracuse power play atop the AHL at 26.1 percent. Their penalty kill is 10th in the AHL as well.
Last night, the #SyrCrunch allowed 10 shots on goal in a 4-0 loss to Binghamton. It was the fewest shows allowed by the Crunch in franchise history.— Lukas Favale (@LukasFavale) January 10, 2019
BriseBois said Dumont is sick, Volkov "banged up,'' both remain day to day.— Syracuse Hockey (@syrhockey) January 10, 2019
The Sharks have gone from a playoff team holding onto a fringe spot to one of the league’s elite. They look like a genuine Stanley Cup contender. Nothing cemented that more than the Sharks’ 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, a team that entered the Jan. 6 game on a 15-0-1 streak. The team has transformed and Karlsson is the primary reason.
This is probably the most-linked-to article at SB Nation today and I’m not even going to apologize: Hockey players have big butts, and they cannot lie [ESPN]
”Can it be hard for me to find pants? Yes, always,” McDavid says. “The waist, you need to get around your thighs and butt, but that doesn’t always match how tall you are. I definitely have a hard time finding jeans that fit.”
This definitely isn’t something fans want to see during a game, but in fairness to MacKinnon, his line has been carrying the team for a season and a half so if the losses are starting to wear on him it’s completely understandable.
But this…is free!
This Saturday's on us.— AHL (@TheAHL) January 10, 2019
15 games. AHLTV. No charge. pic.twitter.com/MMrJx4tXC0
And this is good?
This is definitely good:
FEATURE RELEASE:— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) January 10, 2019
NHL Staff members have been added to the site!
- Staff history
- Coach contracts
- GM signings, trades, and drafted players, both summarized and listed
Example shown: TOR GM Kyle Dubas, who has $179M in signingshttps://t.co/XVUhZlN2N3 pic.twitter.com/8hTpX4jCJa
And to send you off with a smile, this is sweet: