Quick Strikes: Tampa Bay Lightning lose 6-1 to Carolina Hurricanes

Nevertheless, Lightning Training Camp marches on!

The Preseason

Last night in preseason action, the Tampa Bay Lightning lost again to the Carolina Hurricanes, this time to the tune of 6-1. Boris Katchouk scored the only goal of the game for the Lightning, who have lost the two preseason games to the Canes by a combined score of 11-2 in the past two days.

To make matters worse, Daniel Walcott would take a hard hit into the boards early in the third period and be forced to leave the game. He left the rink holding his shoulder.

Game Notes:

  • Let’s start with a chuckle. People who watched this game deserve one./
  • Dominik Masin looked a lot better in this game than he did last night. More poised, and smart with as well as around the puck. Hopefully those first-night nerves are past him and he can focus on playing hockey and developing into a steady defenseman for the Lightning in the coming years.
  • Things have been getting testy with the Canes for a while now. Maybe we’ll see some more real hate between the two teams during the regular season. Possibly even a first-round playoff matchup?/
  • Goaltender Eddie Pasquale was completely hung out to dry in this game. Gave up all six goals on 35 shots in the loss. There was no point putting Ingram in there for that butt-whooping. He’s not fighting for a spot and will get plenty of reps with the Syracuse Crunch.
  • Read Bryan Burns’ 3 things recap of the game. He did a great job breaking down the most frustrating parts of this game, including the lack of offense, continually poor special teams, and a little on the Walcott injury. /

Burns: 3 Things we learned from a second preseason loss to Carolina

  • Katchouk’s goal/

The Headline

Prior to the game, the Bolts announced their first training camp cuts, sending seven players to their junior and CHL teams. [Raw Charge]

NHL teams tend to bring in players they were close to drafting as camp invitees and keep an eye on them to see if they improve during the year enough to warrant spending a draft pick or AHL contract on them at the end of the year. Who knows, we may be talking about any of these five players in the coming years.

The Bolts

In case you missed Mathieu Joseph’s gorgeous goal from Tuesday night, here it is again:

Meanwhile, the Jake Dotchin Situation continues to be a situation. [TSN]

“I know that there have been reports out there that suggested his body fat was as high as 25 per cent. I don’t know if those numbers are accurate,” McKenzie told First Up on TSN 1050 Toronto. “What I can tell you, and what I do believe is accurate, is that he was a good 30 to 35 pounds above his playing weight. So I don’t know what percentage body fat he was, but I can tell you that the relative expectations of what the Lightning expect him to play at versus what he showed up as, it was a good 30 pounds.”

The Organization

Alex wrote about the other half of the Syracuse Crunch’s expected forward corp for 2018-19. [Raw Charge]

Speaking of Joseph, he’s featured on the Crunch’s schedule poster this season:

The Crunch is doing a social media countdown where they feature different players from their 25 season history for every day that ticks by until their opening night. Yesterday’s player for day 24 looks rather familiar.

Tracey previewed the Crunch’s North Division yesterday, with an extensive look at each of the Crunch’s rivals. [Raw Charge]

...the Crunch will face their North Division foes in 58 of 76 games, with 34 of those within New York State lines.

The War Memorial seems to be coming along nicely (which is good, with 23 days left to go before opening night)

The Game

The Dallas Stars signed Ty Dellandrea yesterday.

The Stars also made their first round of training camp cuts yesterday:

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The Buffalo Sabres signed RFA Sam Reinhart.

The New York Rangers have a bit of a competition going on. [Blue Shirt Banter]

If we assume that Brendan Smith rebounds and returns to being a mainstay on the blue line, we have a very good idea of who four of the Rangers defensemen will be for the 2018-19 season.

But, after those four — Kevin Shattenkirk, Brady Skjei, Marc Staal, and Smith — there are a whole lot of question marks on the blue line. The acquisition of McQuaid has only added more uncertainty.

Rangers’ head coach David Quinn made his debut tonight What can be determined so far about what the Rangers will look defensively like under him? [Blue Seat Blogs]

At even strength, it looks like the Rangers will play a bit of a 2-1-2/2-3 zone. While the forward play is still a little bit of a question for me, the defense play has been pretty clear. Maybe it’s because that is what I was focusing on last night.

Erik Karlsson has arrived in San Jose:

One journalist claims that Mark Stone apparently no longer wants to be in Ottawa...

...but then again apparently not?

Montreal Canadiens lineup for last night’s preseason game against the Florida Panthers featured some new faces, including former Bolt Matthew Peca. [Habs Eyes on the Prize]

Don’t forget that the AHL will have a new way to watch their games this season!

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, farm club of the Pittsburgh Penguins, have ice and an anniversary logo!

The NWHL is open to pushing itself to expand its partnerships outside of the NHL. [The Ice Garden]

The NWHL being open to partners outside of the NHL makes a lot of sense, especially for the Whale. The Terry Conners Ice Rink, the home of the Whale, may have the highest seating capacity of all current NWHL rinks, but it doesn’t quite feel like the home of a professional hockey team. The benches at Terry Conners are on opposing sides of the rink and there’s no seating directly behind the glass. It is also the third sheet of ice the Whale have called home since the NWHL’s inaugural season. They played at Chelsea Piers in 2015-16 and were at the Northford Ice Pavilion in 2016-17.

Meanwhile, don’t forget about fan posts!

(We have them, too!)