How good are the league-leading Tampa Bay Lighting? Backup Louis Domingue is 10-0-0 in his past 10 appearances — the most recent of which was a 5-2 win over Florida on Sunday — establishing a new franchise mark for a goalie winning streak. That said, it’s not like he’s had to stop every puck that’s come his way.
-The Lightning are now just the third team in NHL history to reach 20+ home wins and 20+ road wins before hitting 57 games.
-Speaking of this past Sunday, Nikita Kucherov had two goals and an assist in that game, and got Three Stars of the Night in the NHL treatment for his performance.
-Tampa forward Tyler Johnson is hosting a contest on his Instagram:
-Alex Killorn says things.
-Fox Sports Florida was a special guest at a Lightning game last week.
Want to thank the @TBLightning again for welcoming all of us at @FOXSportsFL to @AmalieArena last Thursday night. We couldn't be prouder partners and are looking forward to televising more great #GoBolts hockey all-season long! pic.twitter.com/n9pnYBF6eC— FOX Sports Bolts (@FOXSportsBolts) February 11, 2019
-Do you have a sweetheart that loves the Lightning? Let ThunderBug tell him or her how much you care!
Just made my 1st delivery of the week to Cyndi! Let me surprise your special someone with a dozen red roses, Bug plush doll, @TBLightning valentine card and a $50 gift card from @AckermanJewels. Don't miss out!!! >:) #ValentinesDay #LoveBug https://t.co/Yxuhe8jDsx pic.twitter.com/7FkKlXni68— ThunderBug (@ThunderBugTBL) February 11, 2019
-The Lightning sent a care package to Jake Odorizzi of the Minnesota Twins.
-The NHL is fast approaching the trade deadline. Not going to lie, when I first typed this, I wrote “dreadline.” Will it be a deadline or a dreadline? Joe Smith speculated yesterday in a pay walled article for The Athletic what might happen.
-Pierre LeBrun thinks the Lightning will be buyers, or, at least, that’s what I can assume from what I can see above the cut in a pay walled article for The Athletic.
-If you’re an All-Access member of The Hockey News, then you’ll enjoy this article on Brayden Point!
Being surrounded by stars suits Point just fine, but the Lightning’s latest diminutive draft gem can avoid the limelight no longer. In just his third NHL season, he’s already become one of the best two-way centers in the game, thanks to a lot of blue- collar work on his stride. And this summer, he’ll join the white-collar ranks of the NHL when he cashes in as part of an unprecedented flock of young free agents.
-Tracey Myers was in Tampa this past weekend to cover the Sled Classic.
But more than winning, the classic, which began with four teams in 2010 and has grown to 31 this year, has been about opportunity and camaraderie, embodying the Hockey is for Everyone initiative. USA Hockey Disabled Section chair J.J. O’Connor said this year’s event was “fantastic.”
-The Syracuse Crunch has their bobblehead giveaway nights back in order after a container ship accident derailed things a bit earlier this month. Included in the pack will be Andrei Vasilevskiy and Steve Yzerman.
We’ve got our bobblehead giveaway schedule.— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) February 11, 2019
March 1: Crunchman
March 16: Steve Yzerman
April 12: Andrei Vasilevskiy
A limited number of bobbleheads will be available at the door for each game.
Guarantee yours with a Bobblehead Ticket Package: https://t.co/UCxvl7KXCL pic.twitter.com/p4Kai3xcWv
-Crunch goalie Eddie Pasquale got his first shutout of the season this past weekend, a milestone that was good enough for Player of the Week for Syracuse.
-The Crunch is gearing up for one of their hallmark events of the season, Crunch At Your Service.
Tickets are on sale now for our Crunch At Your Service event on Monday, March 11.— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) February 11, 2019
Join us at @TurningStone for an evening of entertainment and fundraising for charities supported by the Crunch Foundation. #CrunchAtYourService
Details: https://t.co/Jonwdcoeop pic.twitter.com/oPmLDsHEts
-AEG Facilities and SMG have announced a merger, becoming ASM Global. SMG was the facilities operator at the Onondaga County War Memorial, home of the Crunch in Syracuse, and it assumed that ASM Global will now take over. Maybe things will get better?
@TheOncenter my friend just paid full price for a hot chocolate at the #SyrCrunch game and was handed a create your own, glumpy, clumpy disaster. What in the world? https://t.co/w0eKY90N4w pic.twitter.com/2dRT9pCLjx— Alexandra (@Allovimo) January 12, 2019
-Tracey checked in with Tampa’s ECHL affiliate Orlando in her latest Solar Bears update.
-Speaking of Orlando, it would look like prospect Jonne Tammela has been called up after a strong performance with the Solar Bears.
-The 5th goalie in the system, Martin Ouellette, has been strong in net for Orlando lately.
-The Solar Bears have been posting cute Valentines all month. Yesterday’s featured organizational forward Mitch Hults.
-Are you in the Orlando area and single? Do you want the Solar Bears to help you not be single? Well...
-Former Lightning forward Brian Boyle was traded to the Nashville Predators last week, and the news immediately affected his family’s life. Scott Burnside explored just what the trade meant to Boyle and his family in a pay walled article for The Athletic.
-Former Lightning forward Nate Thompson was traded from the LA Kings to Montreal yesterday.
By all accounts, Thompson was a great guy who lived up to his reputation as a nice guy who tries hard—he just wasn’t a great hockey player, unfortunately. And with the team in desperate need to tear it all down and start over from scratch (hopefully with a bright eyed, bushy tailed, budding young star to build a team around........) and Trevor Lewis finally on the mend, it makes sense to trade Thompson to a team that needs him more than the Kings do.
-The Chicago Blackhawks signed goaltender Collin Delia to a 3 year extension yesterday. Here’s the details:
Chicago #Blackhawks have signed goaltender Collin Delia to a 3 year extension worth $3,000,000 ($1,000,000 AAV)— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) February 11, 2019
Delia was set to become a restricted free agent this summer. His new deal buys the club 1 year of his would be unrestricted free agency.https://t.co/ScmRl84AJ2 https://t.co/oJZLKkQRdI
-The New Jersey Devils made a waiver claim yesterday, snagging Kenny Agostino off waivers from Montreal.
#NJDevils news:— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) February 11, 2019
New Jersey claimed F Kenny Agostino (@kennyagostino) off waivers from Montreal. Agostino is a local kid from New Jersey, born in Morristown and played at @Delbarton High School.
As a corresponding move, club has assigned D Ryan Murphy to @BingDevils (AHL). pic.twitter.com/MfL9IoXEDl
-Will the tire fire in Ottawa continue? The answer to that question could partly depend on their pending unrestricted free agents.
“It feels like something may go down this week. And that might be something as little - although it’s significant - as one or both of the big boys in Stone and Duchene just coming clean and saying, ‘Look, we’re not signing here. We’re going to go to the market or at least we’re open to be traded. We understand the Ottawa Senators can’t let us walk into unrestricted free agency, but we’re just not signing here.’
-Jackie Seguin, Anna Klingberg, Jacqui Fedun and Alison Oleksiak spilled the dirt on their hockey-playing sons.
Jackie Seguin, Anna Klingberg, Jacqui Fedun and Alison Oleksiak share some fun (and embarrassing) stories about their sons. pic.twitter.com/h9CadWotOr— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) February 11, 2019
-James Neal lost a crap-ton of teeth the other night. I didn’t go far into this article, but I assume the title says it all: Please do not open this story unless you want to see an NHL player lose FIVE teeth in a game.
-NHL hockey player and Swedish pitchman Andre Burakovsky apparently filmed a short promotion for Hastens Beds and posted it on his Instagram Story Monday morning. The promotion was certainly unique. The video was later deleted, but as they say...nothing is ever truly deleted from the internet.
-The 2019 NHL Entry Draft is going to make us all feel old.
-Peter Forsberg has a new game to play: The Agent Game.
Peter Forsberg getting into the player agent business, joining former COL teammate Claude Lemieux in 4SPORTSHOCKEY. pic.twitter.com/mML9PCZeG5— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 11, 2019
-The tiny The Beijing Jr. Kings stopped by the Ontario Rein’s game yesterday, and the pictures are just so stinking cute.
-Yesterday was the anniversary of the NHLPA! Happy, happy.