Weekend Edition Sept 20: It's just preseason, plus enforcers and new season resolutions


Preseason is officially underway, and while the games aren't televised, we do have some updates and highlights via lightning.nhl.com :

Preseason Game 1: Tampa Bay Lightning versus St. Louis Blues in Orlando - Raw Charge
The Tampa Bay Lightning overcome a 3-0 deficit in Orlando to post a shootout victory over the St. Louis Blues in their 2013 preseason opener.

Preseason game 2: Tampa Bay Lightning versus Nashville Predators - Raw Charge
The Tampa Bay Lightning scored early and maintained consistent pressure throughout Thursday night's exhibition game at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, coming away with a 5-1 win.

And prep for tonight:

Lightning Watch vs. STL 09/20/13 Video - NHL VideoCenter - Tampa Bay Lightning
The boys talk to BoltsTV about the need to improve defensively. [VIDEO]

Lightning's Adam Erne suspended 3 preseason games for illegal check - SBNation.com
Adam Erne did a no-no and hit a guy with his elbow. He' s been suspended for (basically) the rest of the week, and now reassigned to the Quebec Remparts (QMJHL).

Lightning’s Purcell to miss preseason game against St. Louis
Meanwhile, Teddy Purcell's out injured. Brett Connolly will be taking his place.

And finally....

2013-14 NHL Previews: Choose Your Own Opinion, Tampa Bay Lightning edition | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com
"fans only hear what they want to hear anyway, so we might as well embrace it."


Two recent takes on the role of the enforcer in today's NHL:

NHL enforcers are disappearing, and it doesn't have to be easy - NHL - Sporting News

"Science doesn't lie, and neither does the NHL rulebook. What makes it tough, though, is that jobs, livelihoods, identities are at stake. That doesn't change what's right, or what's smart—it just makes it more difficult."--Sean Gentille

There’s no need for all this NHL preseason fighting (Trending Topics) - Yahoo Sports
Lambert argues that the choice we've always made doesn't have to be the choice we continue to make. And also that fighting in preseason is dumb.

The David Perron trade: A glimpse into what life is like for an NHL player when he’s been sent packing | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com
A pretty cool look behind the scenes.


Report: Daly, Fehr to meet with IIHF (possibly about games in Europe, return of World Cup) | ProHockeyTalk
We'll see, I guess. It's cool for those of us who like international hockey, but I don't expect a lot of teams will be eager to see this happen.


Tribalism and the NHL - The Hockey News

"As Seinfeld noted, you may be cheering for laundry, but professional sports are now in the business of persuading you that they are you and you are them. They want you in the tribe, because your membership is what they have to sell to their business partners. It’s the only way they can hope to keep pace in the larger game of putting bucks in their nets."


New Year's Resolutions for the NHL Fan - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
Sean McIndoe's a little cranky this week.