Written by Dani Toth | 19 November 2011


You can't win hockey games when you only play 40 minutes of the game. Lightning lose 4-2.
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Written by Dani Toth | 19 November 2011


Enemy Blog: Head over to Running With The Devils for your opposition blog coverage

Record: Lightning (9-7-2) Devils (9-7-1)

Previous games this season: None

Game time: 7:00pm EDT on CW44

Big win on Thursday night over the Pens. We are on a six game home win streak and tonight is another night at home. From what I remember from last season over the Devils, the Devils had our number. I think they won 3 out of the 4 games we played. I'm not sure how they are playing this year because I haven't paid attention, but their record is pretty much the same as our if that is any indication.
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Written by Dani Toth | 18 November 2011


After much bitching about sloppy play of late, the Lightning came up with a big win tonight.

Lecavalier should win all three stars tonight with his play. He had lots of hustle, two goals (one was an empty net) and never gave up on the puck. What a man.


No idea what Tyler Kennedy is doing there
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Written by Dani Toth | 17 November 2011


Enemy Blog: Head over to The Pensblog and the Puck Huffers for your opposition blog coverage

Record: Lightning (8-7-2) Penguins (11-4-3)

Previous games this season: None

Game time: 7:30pm EDT on SUN (HD), NHLN-US

During the past couple weeks it's been kind of a surprise as to which team shows up on the ice each night. We seem to keep alternating between 2 or 3 game win or losing streaks. On a positive note, our home record has actually been pretty good with only one loss at home.

After being beaten by the Jets on Monday, the players had a players-only meeting. Those seem to be trendy this time of year when you lose to a shitty team like the Jets. Let's hope some good came out of it, though dind't we just have one a few weeks ago? And what happened to breakfast being the game changer?

This is the first game against the Pens since we last played them in the playoffs last season. The Penguins are currently atop of the Eastern Conference, 7 points ahead of us. As if everyone in hockey is not aware, Sidney Crosby isn't playing yet. Is there a requirement to write an obligatory Crosby article each time a team plays the Pens? Maybe beat writers get it pre-written in their games notes package.

Malone is not expected to play tonight, though he will be back for Saturday night's game against the Devils. And if you want to read about how much love Yzerman feels for Versus, who owns Comcast, who owns the Flyers, who bitched about the 1-3-1, have a read here.

Go bolts

Line-up Notes:

  • Roloson will get the start in goal
  • Malone is out, Purcell is expected to play
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Written by Dani Toth | 16 November 2011

From the GM meetings today in Toronto, one of the topics on the agenda was the 1-3-1 stalemate that happened between the Lightning and Philly. Not a whole lot came out of the meetings that has a direct effect onto what will happen in the near future, other than they will be monitoring games to see if this happens again.

Here are the quotes on the issue via NHL.com

Colin Campbell:

"We went around the room and got every manager's opinion on where we're at with that, I led the discussion saying we've played over 8,000 games since we took the red line out and this is the first time we've had a particular incident like this. We saw it in the World Junior [championship] one time, but the managers for the most part felt it is something we have to watch, work on and talk about it more in March. It's not the type of hockey you want to throw at your fans very often."

GM Steve Yzerman:

"It was good. We got everybody's opinions on things, and it was good. I think the general consensus is just monitor the game and the way it is played, and potentially if there are problems going forward that need to be adjusted, at the appropriate time there will be."

"It hasn't happened very often," Yzerman said of the controversial stalemate. "I think the way the game is played -- I think virtually every team in the League plays pretty similar, and I think it is a byproduct of the way the rules are now. Coaches figure out ways to play and ways to be successful with the personnel they have. If incidents occur like that more regularly, then obviously we'd have to look at altering the rules once again. Tampa Bay plays virtually the same way that every team in the League does."


Even if there is a problem going forwards, it's going to be a tough issue to tackle. A rule might have to be implemented, but then do you find fault with the team in possession with the puck or the team defending?

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Written by Dani Toth | 15 November 2011

I have come to love the Lightning girls. I have never seen one in real life, but I have found myself to being pretty adept to making fun of them. This one from Megan is a gem:

In this episode we learn:

-She is from itty bitty Plant City, FL. FYI Plant City is known as the winter strawberry capital of the world. THE WORLD people. Also has a population of 34,721 as of the 2010 census

-She recently graduated from the U of South Florida with a degree in Culture in Media Communications. Yes this really is a degree, I looked it up. It even has cute assistant professors like this (for the ladies). Cute, smart and Canadian. I see why she got her degree in this concentration.

-She loves hockey because it is a highly technical game but it's also very fun to watch. Agree on this statement

-She feels that we have the best fans in the entire world. Good company line there.

-Why are we the best fans? Because we are super enthusiastic and already ready to be there on game day. Woo!

I have that end shot where she pulls the hair out of her face and then attempts to sex the camera. Thanks Megan.

But the real question that begs to be answered from this video is: what is she trying to do with her tongue at the end there?

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Written by Dani Toth | 14 November 2011


Enemy Blog: Head over to Jets Nation or Arctic Ice Hockey for your opposition blog coverage

Record: Lightning (8-6-2) Jets (5-9-3)

Previous games: October 29 - Lightning 1-0

Game time: 8:30pm EDT on SUN (HD)

The Lightning have won 12 straight against the Jets/Thrashers team. Currently we have the longest active win streak by a team against an opponent going and there's no reason this streak has to end tonight. The Jets have also just lost to the worst team in the league this past weekend (losing 2-1 to Columbus), and for all intents and purposes, they have lost their last 5 straight games. So we've established that this team sucks and we get to play them tonight.

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