Happy Christmas Eve! With no hockey on tap until next week, we’re locking up the office (don’t worry we left plenty of food for the office gator) and taking the next couple of days off. We’ll be back on Monday with our usual dose of coverage, plus a preview of the IIHF Men’s Under-20 World Juniors Championship (featuring three Tampa Bay Lightning prospects!).
We hope all of y’all out there are having a safe (and warm) Christmas holiday. For all of those that don’t celebrate, have a great Saturday and Sunday.
Lightning / NHL News
Checking in on the Under-20 prospects in the system [Raw Charge]
The next, next wave of Lightning players are currently still in junior and college hockey (for the most part). We took a quick look at how their seasons are going so far.
To approach 500 goals, Stamkos had to adapt [Tampa Bay Times]
You don’t last in the league for 15 years without adapting. You definitely don’t get close to 500 goals without changing your game. Steven Stamkos had constantly changed and improved how he plays the game. That’s why he’s heading to the hall of fame.
Recharge: Episode Three [You Tube]
Lightning’s Duke can prove doubters wrong at 2023 World Juniors [The Hockey Writers]
This could be a breakout tournament for the Lightning prospect.
Mason Shaw suspended for two games [Department of Player Safety]
Carter Hart leaves with injury [Twitter]
Hart wasn’t even supposed to be in the game, but after rookie Samuel Ersson struggled, Hart came in, but couldn’t finish the game after a collision in his crease.
Carter Hart exits the game after Rasmus Ristolainen shoved Seth Jarvis into him. Friendly fire. pic.twitter.com/bfVdrfKGAB— Ryan Quigley (@ryanquigz) December 24, 2022
Avalanche win, but lose even more players to injury [Mile High Hockey]
ESPN NHL Power Rankings [ESPN]
Previous ranking: 8
Points percentage: 64.06%
Next seven days: vs. MTL (Dec. 28), s. NYR (Dec. 29)
The Lightning lacked confidence early this season, but that chapter is hopefully closed. Tampa Bay is being led by a red-hot Nikita Kucherov — who’s fourth in league scoring — and a rejuvenated Andrei Vasilevskiy. When the Lightning’s stars come out, they’re hard to stop.
The results of JFresh’s Annoying Fanbase Survey are in. Yup, it’s Toronto.
Happy Festivus. It is time to air grievances.— JFresh (@JFreshHockey) December 23, 2022
More than 5,300 of you answered the fanbase survey. Here are the results.
Which NHL team has the most annoying fanbase?
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
New York Rangers
Montréal Canadiens pic.twitter.com/im1lzv5hRt
According to the application, the complainant told police that M.M. [the Nike employee] was buying rounds of drinks for some members of the team who were celebrating at Jack’s Bar after being honoured at a Hockey Canada Foundation Gala & Golf event.
Finally, congratulations to Alex Ovechkin. With two goals last night, he moved past Gordie Howe on the all-time goal list and now only has one name ahead of him - Wayne Gretzky.
Only one person in the history of the NHL has scored more goals than Alex Ovechkin pic.twitter.com/6h10nNTHn4— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) December 24, 2022