The Tampa Bay Lightning were one of the best teams in the NHL last season. So far this season, they’ve been far from that. We wrote on Tuesday about how frustrating they’ve been to start the season. Much of that frustration is due to how inept they’ve looked offensively. A team known for high-powered offense has put up multiple games already this year that would’ve been among their worst offensive performances of last season.
Andrei Vasilevskiy is as sweet as chocolate.
Mathieu Joseph and Swedish artist Yung Gravy just hanging out!
And with that, it’s game day!!
Alex is back with a new Syracuse Speaks! Lots of juicy conversation in this one! [Raw Charge]
In this episode, host Alex Ackerman says she feels it’s put-up-or-shut-up time when it comes to naming a captain for the Crunch. She expresses her frustration with the process that seems to have been halted by the arrival of former Crunch captain Luke Witkowski. She then gathers herself back together in time to discuss some former Crunch players that could be paying their old team a visit this month (including Hubert Labrie, Matt Beleskey, and Matthew Peca). Finally, she rounds out the episode with a peak into two upcoming promotional nights for the team: Military Appreciation Night and their Hockey Fights Cancer game.
21-year-old free agent signing Peter Abbandonato had two assists in three ECHL games. HE also has two goals in five AHL games for the Crunch this season.
Luke Witkowski is back with the Syracuse Crunch and back on defense. [Syracuse]
At 6-foot-2, 217 pounds, Witkowski is a sleek-skating tank. Those attributes have earned him a spot in the NHL the last couple seasons as a fourth-line right winger for Detroit and Tampa Bay. He’s clearly there to grind away: Witkowski potted one goal in 31 games for Detroit two seasons ago and none in 34 last year. Tampa Bay inked him as a free-agent last summer, and he tallied one goal in 12 games with the team this season.
Coach Ben Groulx is always a good interview, and @100degreehockey was phenomenal w his overview of all things Texas Stars both on the ice & from a business standpoint.— PATRICK WILLIAMS (@pwilliamsNHL) November 7, 2019
This show was our longest yet, & we have a number of excellent guests still on tap (suggestions also welcome). https://t.co/4wbwYPfahB
The AHL is 83 years old yesterday. What a blast from the past.
In injury news, the Colorado Avalanche currently find themselves without Mikko Rantanen, Gabriel Landeskog, and now Nathan Mackinnon. This is Nazem Kadri’s team now.
Nathan MacKinnon was held out for precautionary reasons but Nikita Zadorov’s status is still unknown, per Jared Bednar. #Avs— Ryan S. Clark (@ryan_s_clark) November 8, 2019
Also in injury news, more brutal news from the Winnipeg Jets.
Bryan Little has a perforated ear drum and is dealing with vertigo. He’s expected to make a full recovery. #NHLJets— Scott Billeck (@ScottBilleck) November 7, 2019
In January of 2018, The Hollywood Reporter detailed a plan to bring the Mighty Ducks franchise to TV, reviving a cultural icon that helped launch the fandom of millions of kids and serve as the inspiration for Disney to bring a new expansion NHL franchise to Anaheim.