Did you miss Bolts Family Game Night? No worries! The Tampa Bay Lightning got you:
More fun with feeling potentially gross things before knowing what those things are!
The initial reactions at the beginning are truly priceless.— x - Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) March 12, 2019
Our latest venture into making players touch stuff without knowing what it is... pic.twitter.com/kh6CBhkTcM
Lightning coach Jon Cooper has dressing room traditions that go back to his days with AHL Norfolk. Joe Smith of The Athletic ran them down. (pay walled)
See, coach Jon Cooper is a huge fan of “Wedding Crashers,” so he has incorporated the movie into his player of the game ritual ever since his days in the American Hockey League. There’s a camouflage jacket and fake rifle, homages to the quail-hunting scene from the film. Lightning players pick who earns each one.
When the jacket is given out, you have to say, “Don’t wait for an opportunity. Make one.”
As for the rifle? “Rule 76” must be repeated: “No excuses. Play like a champion.”
In Norfolk in 2011-12, Cooper preached Rule 76 ("No excuses. Play like a champion.") and Rule 113 ("Don't look for opportunities; make them.")— Jason Chaimovitch (@JChaimo) March 12, 2019
The Admirals went on to finish the regular season with 113 points in 76 games. https://t.co/b7XHj8c1OD
Jake Muzzin and Ryan McDonagh handled similar trade experiences, and they got through them somehow, says The Athletic. I’d love to give you more details, but I can’t. Heck, most of my preview from the previous Athletic article was from Mr. Chaimovitch’s tweet, so...
The Syracuse Crunch has yet to find a solid identity on the ice. Yesterday, Justin broke down their many faces, and reiterated the fact that playoffs are looming closer and closer. It would behoove Syracuse to figure out who they are before then.
Overall, this is a team that has a good—but not great—power play. They have really, really good goaltending (even if half of the duo is in Orlando). Their defense is really solid, and they have three lines that can score consistently. Those are the good things.
For all that they do well, though, they still have some bad things that that creep into their game. They take too many penalties. They turn the puck over way too much. Lately they’ve had some issues in the third period closing out games. Those can be fatal flaws in the playoffs, and need to be corrected. There is time to work on it, so hopefully the coaching staff can find a way to get it done.
It doesn’t exactly help the team discover their in-game identity, but the Crunch organization as a whole has deservedly developed a reputation as NHL-lite.
Shane Conacher is no longer a Crunch player, but his brother Cory Conacher is an integral part of the team, and it was a lot of fun having Shane with the team a few games last season. S. Conacher has had a fairly emotional year, and he joined the NHL Network to discuss it.
We have a Connorism update from Connor Ingram in Orlando!
Sure playing hockey in Florida is cool. But I am deathly afraid of snakes and now live in constant fear— Connor Ingram (@CBIngram1) March 12, 2019
You can catch Orlando play the Steelheads this Saturday!
The season's winding down so you'll want to catch every minute of ECHL action that you can.— ECHL (@ECHL) March 12, 2019
Join us Saturday night for the https://t.co/RDjVzhzDKj Showcase Game as @Steelheads visit @OrlandoHockey
Tune in reminder ➡️ https://t.co/gqZMpfMlHZ pic.twitter.com/enwKBatNwn
The Solar Bears are hosting a First Responders Appreciation Night this Saturday.
Our First Responders Appreciation Night game vs. @Steelheads is this Saturday at @AmwayCenter!— Orlando Solar Bears (@OrlandoHockey) March 12, 2019
Your ticket also gains entry to our seventh annual Guns N' Hoses charity game at 2 p.m. between @OCFireRescue and the Central Florida Enforcers (Police)! https://t.co/DXdQ6ePqq6
Hark! Entry Level Contract season is upon us! What does this mean for the Lightning org? Geo filled us in yesterday on which prospects might pop up and which are probably still a while off.
Prospect Sammy Walker has been tabbed as a finalist for the B1G Freshman of the Year.
#Gophers rookie Sammy Walker has been tabbed as a finalist for the B1G Freshman of the Year.— Minnesota Men’s Hockey (@GopherHockey) March 12, 2019
The #PrideOnIce rookie leads all Big Ten freshmen with 25 points (10 goals, 15 assists) in his first campaign with the Maroon & Gold. pic.twitter.com/V6JwAhiplp
Prospect Nick Perbix is the National Collegiate Hockey Conference’s Rookie of the Week.
☑️ First multi-goal game & career-high 3⃣ points Fri.— The NCHC (@TheNCHC) March 12, 2019
☑️ First ⭐️ of the Game Fri.
☑️ All 4⃣ points came on PP, helping SCSU go 5-7 on PP vs. UMD
#NCHCHockey Rookie of the Week
: https://t.co/z05yS9JPl6 | #unleashSCSU pic.twitter.com/4bGRYZVi6A
Hockey: In General
The LA Kings are gearing up for their You Can Play Night:
This past weekend, Seattle hosted the Seattle Hockey Analytics Conference (SeaHAC), and one of the activities was a simulation of the 2021 Seattle Expansion Draft. Who did the Lightning protect? Who might they lose? Find out here!