Quick Strikes: With Stamkos gone, Kucherov is leading the way

Moving forward without the Captain and checking in with the Syracuse Crunch


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The Bolts

The spotlight is on Kucherov and he appears to basking in its glow. “‘(He is) as good as you will see in this league the way he's been playing,’ center Brian Boyle said. ‘He just keeps getting better and better. He's dynamic. When he's going, we're rolling.’’” [Tampa Bay Times]

Stamkos is out for four months, but that’s no reason to worry about the Lightning. “Nikita Kucherov is tied for the league lead in scoring, Jonathan Drouin is back and the Lightning have more forward depth than almost any team in the league.” [The Hockey News]

General Manager Steve Yzerman is looking to the existing roster to fill the void left by by the captain. “We've been fortunate players have stepped in and given an increased role, regardless of who's been out, and have done the job for us. We expect and hope that the guys who are in the lineup can handle the added workload." [Tampa Bay Times]

Cedric Paquette left Thursday’s game after taking a puck to the face while sitting on the bench. He returned to practice yesterday and should be able to play in today’s game.

The Crunch

Want to know how the AHL team is doing? Check out this week’s episode of the CrunchCast. Alex and Brandon cover the good, the bad, and the possible goalie controversy. [RawCharge]

This season’s intro video is pretty legendary. [Fully Focused Media]

Forward Tanner Richard has yet to skate in a NHL game, but is hoping to change that by earning some ice time with the Tampa Bay Lightning. “‘I think I had a really good year last year, and I'm just trying to build off that and continue where I left off from,’ Richard said. ‘Hopefully I can get a shot.’” [Bolt Prospects]

Take a tour of the Syracuse locker room with defenseman Matt Taormina. [Syracuse.com]

The Crunch are without their Captain. Defenseman Luke Witkowski was recalled to the Lightning after an injury sidelined Anton Stralman. Witkowski remains a healthy scratch for the Bolts. [Tampa Bay Lightning]

If you’re looking for something a little more light-hearted, you might enjoy this lip-sync to Beyonce’s Single Ladies featuring Jake Dotchin, Henri Ikonen, Daniel Walcott and Adam Wilcox.

The League

The Boston Bruins wish all the best to their sled hockey team (and their adorable dog!)

Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson proposed to his girlfriend by putting the ring in a pizza. Much like his performance on the ice, he gets points for creativity. [NHL]

Goal droughts happen to all of the best NHL forwards, except for Alex Ovechkin. [TSN]