Tonight’s Tampa Bay Lightning game against the Carolina Hurricanes has been postponed to February 22nd as the Hurricanes have to quarantine due to positive COVID-19 tests. This announcement was expected all weekend as the Lightning originally flew home after their games in Ohio instead of going to Carolina to prep for their road game there. Yesterday, the game was officially postponed.
With no full team practice today for the Canes, their Tuesday game with Tampa Bay does appear to be a no-go.— Chip Alexander (@ice_chip) January 25, 2021
We got a new list of Lightning games that have been postponed and rescheduled. This does not include the games against Dallas.
- TBL @ CAR: from Jan 26 to Feb 22
- FLA @ TBL: from Feb 16 to Feb 15
- CAR @ TBL: from Feb 22 to Feb 24
The Florida game was changed from Feb 16 to Feb 15 because they added a FLA @ CAR game to Feb 17. As a result of all these things, the Lightning and Hurricanes will be playing a 3-in-4 in the last week of February, including a double-header at home.
In AHL scheduling news, it seems the rumor going around right now is that the AHL will not be playing a playoffs this season, according to Iowa Wild head coach Tim Army (who chose the wrong profession, IMO). This follows the logic of Syracuse Crunch owner Howard Dolgon, who just wants to get through a regular season where his prospects can develop safely, playoffs are a topic for down the road and only if fans can be in the stands. I personally don’t anticipate fans in stands this season, or potentially until 2022 when the vaccine is fully distributed.
Talked to Iowa coach Tim Army yesterday for a look at the start of Iowa’s season.— Michael Russo (@RussoHockey) January 25, 2021
For the second year in a row, there sadly won’t be a Calder Cup awarded in @theahl. Top 4 teams in each division will play best of 3’s for a division championship. Playoffs will last a week.
On the ice, Mitchell Stephens is expected to miss a lot of time due to a lower-body injury. Erik Cernak is also out with an upper-body injury. As a result of Stephen’s injury, Mathieu Joseph will play center for the first time since Major Junior in Canada. I’m sure he’s going to do great, especially with all the extra work he’s putting in. I’m always rooting for Matty Jo. [Raw Charge]
“In Saturday’s Tampa Bay Lightning game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Mitchell Stephens was hurt on an awkward takedown by Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard. Savard pulled Stephens down backwards while Stephens was attempting to stand up after getting tangled up with Savard and Mikhail Grigorenko. The resulting play had Stephens fold over backwards with his legs trapped under him. Stephens had to be helped off the ice and was not putting any weight on his leg.”
UPDATES: Mitchell Stephens is out indefinitely with a lower body injury.— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) January 25, 2021
Erik Cernak is day to day with an upper body injury. #tblightning
Asked Jon Cooper on @MathJoseph7 playing center on 4th line w/ Stephens out, and #tblightning coach said Joseph had experience there in junior. Compared it to Verhaeghe playing center last year. Team limited by cap, guys have to step up. Joseph stayed late after practice to work— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) January 25, 2021
Check out this fun video on the Tampa Bay Lightning Youtube channel where fans rate players fashion choices as they arrive to the rink.
Former Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Connor Ingram “will be away from the [Nashville Predators] while voluntarily taking part in the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program.” We wish him the best.