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Lightning Round: Tampa Bay continues their storm up the standings

Boston is within reach.

Arizona Coyotes v Tampa Bay Lightning
TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 9: Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy #88 of the Tampa Bay Lightning catches the puck against the Arizona Coyotes during the second period at Amalie Arena on January 9, 2020 in Tampa, Florida
Photo by Scott Audette /NHLI via Getty Images

After Thursday night’s set of games, the Tampa Bay Lightning find themselves solidly in second place with a clear path to another division title.

The Bolts won 4-0 over the Arizona Coyotes, their ninth win in a row, pushing them two points over the Toronto Maple Leafs in third. The Boston Bruins unfortunately won their game against the Winnipeg Jets, edging them by a 5-4 scoreline. David Pastrnak scored a hat trick.

Both Tampa Bay and Boston are tied with 26 wins on the season, Toronto trailing behind with 24. Boston still holds their lead in the standings because of their 11 overtime/shootout loss points. With the gap down to seven, and with the Bolts still having two games in hand, the Lightning could easily find themselves within a couple points of first by the All-Star Break.

Quick question before I get into the links:


Are you more confident in this Lightning team than last year?

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  • 67%
    Yes, they can do it
    (165 votes)
  • 32%
    No, I’m still super nervous
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Lightning Links

  • Andrei Vasilevskiy with another shutout as the Lightning beat Arizona handily on Thursday night. [Raw Charge]
  • Alan also wrote about goaltending, which I found to be a fascinating article about assessing goaltending outcomes. He’s been working on this article for a few weeks. Constantly adjusting the stats and asking us how much sense they make. I think the final product is very good. I highly recommend it. [Raw Charge]
  • Rick Peckham also talked about goaltending on Sportsnet yesterday. It’s not geo-blocked so hopefully everyone interested can watch.
  • The Syracuse Crunch have brought Alexey Lipanov back to the AHL after some time in the ECHL. Meanwhile, forwards Jimmy Huntington and Peter Abbandonato have been sent to the Orlando Solar Bears. [Syracuse Crunch]
  • Black History Month is coming in February and the NHL is bringing back their “NHL Black Hockey History Tour” to cities all around the continent. Unfortunately, the tour is not coming to Florida, but hopefully some out-of-town fans can go check out the exhibit. If not, I highly encourage fans to follow and read @ColorOfHockey on Twitter. William Douglas is an invaluable voice in hockey’s discourse. [NHL dot com]
  • Lying down on the job, smh.
  • Goalie Goal! Pekka Rinne scored last night, tying him for 537th in league scoring. Some notable players also on one goal this season: Carl Hagelin, Michael Ferland, Jay Beagle, Josh Anderson, and David Backes. Heck, he’s ahead of Justin Abdelkader and Leo Komarov!