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Quick Strikes: The first road trip of the Lightning season ends in Boston

Will the team play up to their competition?

Boston Bruins Celebrate Halloween In Costume At Boston Children’s Hospital Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images for Boston Children’s Hospital

The Bolts

The Tampa Bay Lightning are facing the Stanley Cup Final losers tomorrow night at the tail end of an extremely mediocre Bolts road trip. As of yesterday, Bruce Cassidy still wasn’t sure what the Bruins lineup would look like. Raw Charge will go more in-depth in the game preview, but for now it looks like David Krejci might be out with an injury.

David Krejci leaves Bruins practice early, hasn’t been ruled out vs. Lightning [NBC Sports]

“He’s nursing an upper body injury, so he skated half of practice. Tomorrow we’ll see how he is. We’ll rule him as day-to-day and I’m not going to rule him out [against the Lightning] and I won’t say he’s definitely in,” said Cassidy, who also added that defenseman Kevan Miller (fractured kneecap) has begun skating on his own ahead of Bruins practice as well.

Look at this precious bean — In their own words: Carter Verhaeghe [NHL]

Making my NHL debut at AMALIE Arena was awesome. The rink was packed. I’ve never played in front of that many people before. During the pregame player introductions, the stands were dark except for the blue-lighted bracelets the fans were wearing. It got pretty loud in there. I think that might have been the loudest arena I’ve ever heard.

So, do you guys think that this style of “net-front presence” is truly what will push the Lightning into round two? Maroon Finding His Niche with Lightning [THW]

While he may not be an offensively minded player, Maroon brings everything to the table that the Lightning need: size, strength, leadership and, most importantly, a dominant net-front presence. When the former Blues grinder is on the ice, his presence is known, as he towers above a relatively small Tampa Bay lineup.

Ryan Callahan made his NHL Network debut last night [Blue Shirt Banter]

”After that, it’s always kind of been in the back of my head the last couple of years that whenever the time came that I was done playing that’d be something I’d be interested in doing. Then, obviously, with my back situation and being hurt this year and not being able to play, the NHL reached out to me again and offered me to do this this year. I wish I was still on the ice but it was a great opportunity for me to jump into it.”

This is just super cool:

Tampa Bay Lightning fan goes all out for Halloween display [WFLA]

Greg Boschert says he’s a huge Tampa Bay Lightning fan and wanted to share his love of the team with a truly scary display.

The display features skeletons dressed as Lightning and St. Louis Blues players, coaches, fans, and even goalies.

The Prospects

Preseason camp nostalgia:

Syracuse Crunch goalie takes superhero mentality into net []

Captain America is just a regular person who, with the help of an experimental potion, attains wondrous powers. Wedgewood is just a regular guy who, with the help of hard work and experience, tries to stand on his head in goal as often as possible and set a good example for teammates.

Lauren is back with some excellent scouting for next season: Six undrafted CHL overagers with fast starts to the 2019-20 season [Raw Charge]

Last year, I profiled a few CHL overagers that the Tampa Bay Lightning could target as a result of their strong seasons (and what do you know, they actually went out and signed one of them!). This time around, I wanted to get a head start on a similar post, seeing as there were a lot of overage players putting up impressive numbers to start the season as a result of a surge in offensive production so early in the season.

Team WHL for the Canada-Russia series includes Nolan Foote:

And Gabriel Fortier from the QMJHL:

The Game

The NHL’s shot location data has changed—and nobody knows why (Update: ...or do they?) [On The Forecheck]

It explains why many goalies this season look so horrid in games where they gave up four goals, but had expected goals against of only 1.3—did they really give up nearly three more goals than they should have (this was a topic I was going to write on, discussing the early struggles of Nashville’s goaltending)? We can tell they had struggled, but the numbers seemed to indicate that goalies couldn’t save low-percentage shots, and skaters weren’t creating quality with their shots—all because for some reason shot locations were being recorded differently.

Cale’s Corner is a thing, and it’s great:

Holtby’s no-good very bad game was definitely one for the record books. Braden Holtby’s 0% game against the Colorado Avalanche was one of the worst ever [RMNB]

Unfun fact: Braden Holtby‘s 0-percent saving performance against the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night puts him in ignoble company. Since the NHL started keeping stats about shots on goal in the late 80s, just 12 goalies had given up three goals on three shots. Holtby just became the 13th.