The Tampa Bay Lightning players spent Friday night at Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa.
Jon Cooper, Victor Hedman and Brayden Point shared their thoughts after first nine games of the season.
"We're improving in a lot of areas of our game. Our compete level has been exceptional here at practice the last few weeks."— spooky bolts (@TBLightning) October 25, 2019
Practice day | Jon Cooper: pic.twitter.com/JB63GtduND
"I think we're competing hard in practice. We're getting our reps in and working on systems, which is obviously a big part of the game."— spooky bolts (@TBLightning) October 25, 2019
Practice day | Brayden Point: pic.twitter.com/GEOCo7AGxM
"Things are getting better... it's trending in the right direction. We can still improve, obviously. That's what we worked on in practice today."— spooky bolts (@TBLightning) October 25, 2019
Practice day | Victor Hedman: pic.twitter.com/OpiR4cas0g
The penalty kill has been a concern for the Lightning at the start of the season. Joe Smith of the Athletic did a detailed analysis of their problems [The Athletic, paid content]
But take a deeper look, and you’ll notice a prime example of the perfect storm of problems plaguing the Lightning penalty kill. Their unit, ranked No. 1 in the NHL last year, has fallen to 28th at 71 percent. Tampa Bay did kill the Penguins’ only power play in their 3-2 win Wednesday (which we’ll get to later in the story).
We’ve also published new edition of our Power Rankings, check it out [Raw Charge]
The team that we cover here at Raw Charge, the Tampa Bay Lightning, continue to sit in the middle of the pack just as they did last week. That’s to be expected as they’ve been inconsistent mixing strong showings with stinkers nearly in perfect alternating fashion. They look better in terms of goals thanks mostly to their shooting talent but also to a couple of good games from Andrei Vasilevskiy.
As you might know, Dan Girardi launched a new podcast with the Tampa Bay Lightning. It will feature conversations with current players and some stories from his long career. [NHL.com]
“It’s something different that I didn’t think I’d be doing, but it’s good to stay in the game, stay busy,” Girardi said during a media availability session at AMALIE Arena Wednesday morning to announce the podcast. “The first one is just me making fun of myself, being who I am. We did a nice one with (Lightning founder Phil) Esposito, and I think that’ll be pretty funny. And now the guys are back from the road trip, going to grab a couple guys and it’s mainly just to talk to guys in a different (way), not just say, ‘Hey, how’d the game go last night? What went wrong? What went right?’ More away from the rink. ‘What do you like doing?’ Funny stories about me. My stories about them. Kind of just a different side of the guys that sometimes (media) can’t get out of them. That’s just the way it is. I think it’ll be something cool, and I’m super excited about it.”
The Orlando Solar Bears have defeated the Florida Everblades 4-2 and earned their first victory of the season following three consecutive losses.
Bears take the game! See you all on Tuesday the 29th at the Amway Center for Boo with the Bears!! pic.twitter.com/K7qLtFjDZ6— Orlando Solar Bears (@OrlandoHockey) October 26, 2019
Sammy Walker scored for the fourth game in a row.
Four straight games with a goal for Sammy Walker? Sounds about right! pic.twitter.com/64uX3Y1SFq— Minnesota Men’s Hockey (@GopherHockey) October 26, 2019
Walker added an assist on Ben Meyers goal, but the Gophers lost to the Minnesota Duluth on Friday’s night.
Syracuse Crunch goalie Scott Wedgewood joined Lukas Favale on the latest episode of Crunch Weekly.
Both were seen at the sports bar in Syracuse.
Tonight we stop at Tully’s for dinner and @LukasFavale and Scott Wedgewood from the @SyracuseCrunch were there too! Thanks for taking a picture with Logan! See you at our fundraiser in April!! #HFT1D #T1DHockey pic.twitter.com/lPPf88lgWu— Hockey Fights T1D (@HockeyFightsT1D) October 24, 2019
The Penguins have acquired forward Andreas Martinsen and a 2021 seventh-round draft pick from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Erik Gudbranson.— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) October 25, 2019
Details: https://t.co/1I98XLjsN6 pic.twitter.com/gLl9A7aizm
Randy Carlyle and Thomas Steen will be inducted into Winnipeg Jets Hall of Fame.
Gemel Smith’s younger brother has been recalled by the Detroit Red Wings.
Amerks and Monsters jerseys for Military Appreciation Night on November 15th.
The Washington Capitals were down by four goals at the end of the second period, but won in the shootout against the Vancouver Canucks thanks to two goals by each of Evgeni Kuznetsov and Michal Kempny.