Quick Strikes: 23 wins to go
You can do it, Bolts.
Nikita Kucherov is the youngest player since Seguin in 2013-14 to have three 4-point games in a season https://t.co/ReGqe5j3mL @TBLightning pic.twitter.com/auQ3t4715w— Hockey Reference (@hockey_ref) February 22, 2017
Jones: Want a face of the Lightning? Give me Nikita Kucherov. Uh, okay, Tom Jones. [Tampa Bay Times]
Latest setback could sideline Callahan for season. "We tried a lot of different approaches to quieting it down and nothing seemed to work," Yzerman said when reached by phone Wednesday. "The doctors thought having the second surgical procedure done was a reasonable step to recovery." [TBLightning]
Commentary: How to handle the goaltending situation. “How do the Lightning handle that situation between now and March 1, when the NHL trading deadline comes to pass?” [Lightning Insider, subscription content]
Moffitt Cancer Center and Tampa Bay Lightning to Hold 'Skate-A-Thon.' “The 'Skate-A-Thon' will be held on March 5 in Tampa to raise money for cancer research and patient services at the Moffitt Cancer Center.” [Patch.com]
Yesterday in Toronto, the Syracuse Crunch and Toronto Marlies squared off — and so did two brothers. Cory Conacher (who scored two goals in the match) faced his brother Shane, who had just been called up from the Orlando Solar Bears. The Marlies won the game in OT.
Conacher bros. set to square off for first time when Crunch play Marlies in Toronto at 11 a.m. https://t.co/oIC2yTGz9w— Dan D'Uva (@Dan_DUva) February 22, 2017
AHL Notebook: Playoff races heating up. “A 12-game winning streak has pushed the San Jose Barracuda past the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins into first place in the AHL. San Jose has a .717 points percentage and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton slipped to .713 after losing three consecutive games on the road this past weekend.” [NHL]
With star power lacking, no quick fixes in 2017 NHL draft. “This year’s non-playoff teams won’t find the star power or depth that has been available in the past two years in the draft.” [USA Today]
NHL Officials Mentor Youngsters During 'Hockey Week.' “The USA Hockey Officiating Program will collaborate with several American-based National Hockey League clubs to host our annual ‘Meet the NHL Officials’ program as a part of the Hockey Week Across America celebration.” [USA Hockey]
Lee Stempniak is the latest 'Double Digit Club' member: In demand, often on the move. “Carolina Hurricanes winger Lee Stempniak is one of the few NHL players to play for at least 10 NHL teams. The road is long, but he remains in demand.” [Sports Illustrated]
Vegas Golden Knights won’t be active at the 2017 NHL trade deadline. Good to know. [SBNation]