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Quick Strikes: Lightning forward Brayden Point could return next week

The Syracuse Crunch fall in the season opener

Vegas Golden Knights v Tampa Bay Lightning

The Bolts

Brayden Point and Cedric Paquette missed the first game of the season and won’t be ready for the second game against the Florida Panthers today. Per Jon Coope,r Paquette needs another two weeks to get ready but Point is could return on an upcoming Canadian trip, which starts next Friday in Toronto.

If you missed the first game, here’s an introduction the 2019-20 Tampa Bay Lightning

And a touching video about Anton Stralman who signed a deal with the Panthers during free acgency after playing five seasons for the Lightning.

Carter Verhaeghe made his NHL debut on Thursday night. Geo adds some context on what we can expect from him during the season [Raw Charge]

Now, with the NHL season just beginning, the question becomes what to expect from him. We know he’s a smart player. He was able to take advantage of AHLers that didn’t have his hockey IQ and that assisted him in being elite offensively. His skating has also improved since joining the organization, making him faster and more agile. He’s got good hands and puck skills. He’s got a decent shot by NHL standards. He’s also got flexibility to play at center or wing as needed for the Lightning.

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The Prospects

The Syracuse Crunch also played their opening game of the season but were defeated 3-2 by the Rochester Americans in overtime Check out Justin’s recap. [Raw Charge]

The game started as a bit of a track meet in the first period as both times rushed up and down the ice before settling into more of a punch, counterpunch affair for the final two thirds. Rochester did an excellent job bottling up the Crunch in the neutral zone for most of the game, and when Syracuse did manage to break through, goaltender Andrew Hammond made the save.

Danick Martel scored his first goal for the Crunch.

Peter Abbandonato made his debut in professional hockey.

Crunchman visited McNamara Elementary School for the Positivity Project assembly.

More changes have been made to the Orlando Solar Bears schedule.

The Solar Bears defeated the Florida Everblades in their first preseason game.

The Solar Bears are hosting a Meet the Team event on the next Wednesday.

Sammy Walker joins the Gophers Pregame Show tonight.

The Game

Jon Lee-Olsen has become the first professional player in Danish hockey to come out publicly as gay.

Our colleague from the Eyes on the Prize Andrew Zadarnowski led a huge effort to collect previews for every AHL team for the 2019-20 season.

Meanwhile in the NHL, Blake Coleman might have scored the best goal of the season

The Philadelphia Flyers won over the Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL Global Series game in Prague.

Travis Konecny scored two goals, including this backhand beauty.

Brayden Schenn signed an eight-year extension with the St Louis Blues.

Brilliant work on who had the biggest drop in GAR last season.

Former Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Nikita Gusev scored his first goal in the NHL.

Ryan Merkeley scored his first goal for the London Knights.

RWtH Live Podcast: Season Premiere

Nick Niedert is 100 days sober. Congrats to him!

The Pup

The Bolts pup showed his support for the Tampa Bay Rays who unfortunately lost their first game in the Division Series.