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Record: Lightning (5-5-2) Blackhawks (8-2-2)
Previous games: None
Game time: 7:30pm EDT on SUN (HD), NHLN-USI've been looking forwards to this game all week. All freaking week kids. That Carolina game was like a minor bump in the road to get to here. Last year we won both of the games we played against Chicago, one by a shootout and the other with a shutout. This year we only play the Hawks once this year.
Chicago just played last night against the Panthers and won in a shootout. They are currently 2nd in the West and have played well recently. They are without Duncan Keith due to some hand injury which will be good for the Lightning.
In goal we have Roloson, which may or may not be a good thing depending on which Roloson decides to show up to the game tonight. For the sake of my hockey watching tonight instead of going out, I'm hoping we get the Roloson of last season, but who knows these days.
If you need something to do between here and the game, hop over to Lightning Strikes to find out what Brett Connolly bought with his first paycheck.
- Roloson will get the start in goal
- Pyatt and Ritola keep playing musical chairs, Pyatt in and Ritola is out
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Record: Lightning (5-4-2) Hurricanes (4-4-3)
Previous games: October 7 - Lightning 5, Hurricanes 1
Game time: 7:00pm EDT on SUN (HD)After a close game on the weekend, the Lightning are on the road for just one game against the Hurricanes tonight. It all started out so well for the Lightning when we opened the season in Raleigh on October 7th winning 5 to 1...and then our slide happened. But we are back to winning some games, so we're back on the upswing. The Hurricanes on the other hand has dropped the last 4 of 5 games.
What our opposition is saying:
Hedman and Brewer would probably laugh at the tough assignments that have been doled out to Allen and Gleason because those two have seen even tougher competition if you can believe it. Less than 30% of their shifts have started in the offensive zone. What's unbelievable is Hedman is somehow blowing away his competition in Corsi despite that. Maybe this is the year he begins to be recognized as one of the top defensemen in the league? The team is shooting 12.75% with him on the ice but he's certainly not getting any help in terms of save percentage. Also, Marc-Andre Bergeron leads the team in points. What.
The Lightning got positive news today in that Ryan Malone's MRI came back negative for whatever upper-body injury he was suspectedt to have, so he'll play tonight.
- Garon will get the start in goal
- Ritola in, Pyatt out
It was going to be Brett Connolly watch, but the news just broke via @AlBristowe that he's staying up with the big club.
Really thrilled to hear that he'll be staying with the Lightning. But this is just the first hurdle for him, as now he faces 73 more games of this night in an night out. Still, this is huge for Connolly. It shows how his hard work and determination to remain with the club is paying off.
As for tonight
- Mathieu Garon is on a 3 game win streak, tonight making his third consecutive start with 36 saves
- Ryan Miller let in 4 goals on 23 shots
- The Lightning battled back from being down 2-0 in the 1st period
- It was a bit of a messy game, lots of breakaways given up
- Lecavalier got his 800th point of his NHL career
- Lecavalier was nailed by Regehr
- Stick taps to Malone for standing up for Cappy
- Matt Gilroy is gaining minutes playing 15:22 tonight
- Huge goal by Malone in the 3rd
I love it. I really, really do. Especially all the awkward takes from certain players. Though, how many takes do you think Boucher took to shoot his part? I imagine him laughing and re-starting multiple times. no comments
Basically Elliote Friedman said that Oren Koules is part of the management group that is led by Matthew Hulsizer who is looking to buy the St. Louis Blues, so we might see a return of Koules to the NHL earlier than you would have expected. You might remember Hulsizer from when his was looking in to buying the Coyotes, but now his sights are on the Blues. On October 5 2011, TSN reported that a non-binding term sheet was drafted though no date has been set on when an actual sale will take place.
It seems Oren Koules wasn't burned by the mess that happened with the Lightning, that he still wants to be back in as an owner. For the good of the NHL and for St. Louis, I hope he has learned from his previous mistake.
To start off the night the Lightning showed off their now toy during the pre-game:
Tampa Bay Lightning on WhoSay
I think it works.
This is what it looks like in action:
Quick game thoughts:
- Garon got his first shutout of the season and with the team
- Stamkos played really well defensively
- As expected the game was a tight defensive game, the Lightning still got 3 goals but shots were only 26 (Lighting) to 20 (Sabres)
- In addition to being defensive, the Lightning didn't take a plethora of dumb penalties
- The game was a sell out at 19,204
Here is a ridiculous goal by St. Louis
Next game is in Buffalo for the 2nd half of the home and home on Tuesday no comments