Tonight the Tampa Bay Lightning will face the Columbus Blue Jackets in their second game in two days at the Nationwide Arena in Ohio. However, where the Lightning are heading afterwards is still not clear. Per Jon Cooper the team still hasn’t been informed if the two games against the Carolina Hurricanes will be played next week according to the current schedule.
#tblightning Jon Cooper indicated they don’t know if they’re heading to Carolina after game tomorrow or not. Hurricanes had some games cancelled this week but hoped to be back playing next week. Tampa Bay scheduled to play there Tuesday and Thursday— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) January 22, 2021
The NHL postponed the Hurricanes games through Saturday earlier this week after four of their players – Warren Foegele, Jordan Martinook, Jaccob Slavin and Teuvo Teravainen – were placed on the COVID-19 protocol list. The Hurricanes captain Jordan Staal has been placed on the same list since last Friday. Due to this announcement the Hurricanes haven’t played against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday and against the Florida Panthers on Thursday, the tonight’s game against the Panthers has also been postponed.
The Hurricanes training facilities has also been closed for players until the further notice. According to the Canes head coach Rod Brind’Amour, the team is trying to hold practice via Zoom.
Rod Brind'Amour said the #Canes just wrapped up a "practice" over Zoom.— Michael Smith (@MSmithCanes) January 21, 2021
"We were just kind of getting rolling. ... We're going to do the best we can."
Meanwhile the Lightning have already had two games postponed due to a similar situation in the Dallas Stars organization. Another postponement could mean that the Lightning will play just four games in more than two weeks since the start of the regular season, which isn’t very helpful for the players who need to stay in shape through the season. At the same time the Lightning’s goaltender Curtis McElhinney remains the only Lightning player on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list.
Curtis McElhinney still on NHL's players unavailable due to COVID protocols list. Has been on it since Saturday. Only Lightning player on the list. #Bolts— Bryan Burns (@BBurnsNHL) January 22, 2021
Yesterday the AHL released the full schedule for the 2020-21 regular season. Tracey did a breakdown of the 32-game schedule for the Syracuse Crunch [Raw Charge]
The Crunch will play a total of 32 regular season games, 16 home/16 away, against just three teams: Utica (14 games), Rochester (12), and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (6), their three closest opponents in proximity. Binghamton, which is just about an hour’s drive south on Interstate 81, may have been included as an opponent had they not temporarily relocated to the parent Devils’ practice facility in Newark, New Jersey.
The opening game of the regular season is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 6 at their home arena against the Utica Comets.
Not entirely Lightning news, but Mathieu Joseph’s brother Pierre-Oliver has recorded his first assist in his first NHL game and was named the third star of the game for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
So proud. You’ve worked so hard for this moment and you deserve to enjoy every second of it. I’m glad you get to realize your biggest dream growing up. Love you bro ❤️ https://t.co/XRBrGdvsmz— Mathieu Joseph (@MathJoseph7) January 23, 2021
The Orlando Solar Bears signed forward Zack Andrusiak to an ECHL Standard Player Contract for the 2020-21 season. He spent the previous season with the Idaho Steelheads in the ECHL.
Sammy Walker scored his seventh goal of the season for University of Minnesota last night
This happened literally just minutes after my last tweet. This is just insane stuff from Sammy Walker. pic.twitter.com/dM7ua4ONDC— Future Bolts (@LightningProsp1) January 22, 2021
Apparently the NBC is shutting down its NBC Sports Network channel by the end of this year. The NBC will move its media rights to many sports events, including the NHL, to USA Network.
NBC Sports Network will shut down in 2021 and sports rights will move to USA Network https://t.co/NXR4LNhKCw— CNBC (@CNBC) January 22, 2021
The Dallas Stars opened their regular season with a 7-0 win over the Nashville Predators. Anton Khudobin recorded his 100th career win and 9th career shutout.
According to Darren Dreger, the Columbus Blue Jackets are closing a Pierre Luc Dubois trade. The 22-year old player could be traded before tonight’s game against the Lightning.
My sense from canvassing sources tonight, Columbus is closing in on a trade involving Pierre Luc Dubois. It’s a complicated process that could be resolved as early as tomorrow. Teams have been told they’re out. Hard to say who’s in, but it’s believed Winnipeg is among them.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) January 23, 2021
The Winnipeg Jets have also placed Patrick Laine on injured reserved. According to the rumors, he could be a part of the deal involving Pierre Luc Dubois.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have placed Joe Thornton on long term injured reserve due to a fractured rib.
The Maple Leafs have placed forward Joe Thornton on long term injured reserve.— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) January 22, 2021