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Lightning Round: Bolts hold last scrimmage before heading to Toronto

Brayden Point scored twice.

Vancouver Canucks v Tampa Bay Lightning Photo by Scott Audette /NHLI via Getty Images

On Friday afternoon the Tampa Bay Lightning had its second and last scrimmage of the training camp at Amalie Arena. In comparison with Monday’s scrimmage Jon Cooper mixed up line combinations a little bit: Alex Killorn got more time on the first line with Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point, Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson joined team Blue instead of Carter Verhaeghe and Mathieu Joseph.

If Monday’s scrimmage is remembered the most for solid defensive performances, both teams were more offensive orientated on Friday. Brayden Point opened the score in the first period, showing off his speed and beating Andrei Vasilevskiy on a breakaway. Later he scored another goal after a backhand Kucherov pass.

Cal Foote increased Team Blue’s advantage in the second period with a wrist shot from the top of the left circle. After that, Tyler Johnson scored a fourth goal for Team Blue, beating two defenceman on his way to the net. Team White answered with a lone goal by Cedric Paquette at the end of the scrimmage.

In a post-scrimmage zoom conference Jon Cooper noted Brayden Point’s explosiveness, adding that a four-month break helped him to fully recover from an injury which forced him to miss the first games of the last regular season.

Our reporter Matt also shared some thoughts on the bottom part of the Lightning’s roster.

Curtis McElhinney was one of the players who caught my eye during both scrimmages; he allowed just one goal in 90 minutes of play.

The Lightning have just one more day of the training camp ahead of them on Sunday. Later that day they’re leaving to Toronto to prepare for the exhibition game which is scheduled on next Wednesday.

Other News and Notes

Tampa Bay Lightning beat writer Joe Smith on why Zach Bogosian might deserved a spot on a top defence line [The Athletic, paid content]:

Bogosian, who has rehabbed from hip surgeries the previous two summers, didn’t play a ton of games this season (27 total and eight for the Lightning). But he started to feel more comfortable down the stretch with the Lightning, when he got shifts with Hedman, and carried that over into the four-month pause, when he didn’t skip a beat due to workouts in his home gym.

Accroding to Elliotte Friedman it is still not certain if the Arizona Coyotes current general manager John Chayka is coming to the hub city with a team. Reportedly Chayka also didn’t attend a dinner with Taylor Hall, who will be an unrestricted free agent after this season, indicating that Coyotes and Chayka are probably heading into different directions.

After presenting their name and logo on Thursday, the Seattle Kraken have reportedly sold 50% more merch than the Vegas Golden Knights did over the first 24 hours.

The NHL is planning to move the Arizona Coyotes to the Central Division when the Kraken join the league:

Yesterday was the last day when the NHL teams could submit travel rosters for 24-team tournament.