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Written by Dani Toth | 09 February 2011

After being out for five games, Ryan Malone was back in the lineup tonight. But he left the game with a mid-body injury and with the shortened bench the team began to unravel last night.

During the post-game press conference, Boucher says that "he won't be back soon".



Fast forward to just after the 1 minute mark for the Malone comment.

No word yet on what the injury is or how long he will actually be out yet, but my initial thought is: how will this change the outlook of the team if he is out for a long period of time? Does this change the need on trade deadline day? no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 08 February 2011

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Roloson would like to know what happened

He'd like to know why after going into the 3rd period up 3-2 on the Sabres, the Sabres can score 5 straight goals in the 3rd period?

6 straight goals since that one in the second period came late. Six straight goals. Jesus. How quickly a shortened bench causes the Lightning to unravel

Other thoughts:
  • Nine penalties taken by the Lightning. Some were a joke. The refs may be a joke
  • Steven Stamkos got another point tonight
  • Malone left the game with injury. This may be a big deal
  • Matt Smaby left the game with injury. This is not that big of a deal
  • GameCenter sucks when it thinks that TSN2, Versus or RDS is part of my local tv package. It's not.
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Written by Dani Toth | 08 February 2011

Enemy Blog: Head over to Die by the Blade for your opposition blog coverage

Record: Lightning (33-16-5) Sabres (24-22-5)

Game time: 7:30pm EST on Versus (HD), RDS (HD) and TSN2 (HD)

Free Stuff: First 10,000 fans in Lightning gear get a 6 pack of trading cards from Upper Deck

  • The Lightning have played against Buffalo twice this season, winning 2-1 on November 20th and 3-1 on December 18th.
  • Ryan Malone is expected to be back in the line-up tonight as per the Lightning Insider
  • Dwayne Roloson is expected to start in net after having Sunday off against the Blues
  • Versus might have some changes with regards to their broadcast tonight with NBC taking them over, no idea what this means to us as the viewer

Go Bolts!

Line-up Notes:

  • Lightning injuries: Nate Thompson and Mike Lundin
  • Sabres injuries: Derek Roy and Patrick Kaleta are out
  • Mattias Ritola has been put on waivers. We'll know if he clears tomorrow at noon

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Written by Dani Toth | 06 February 2011

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Stamkos had a huge game this afternoon.

1 goal. 3 assists. 4 points.

Has now leapfrogged Daniel Sedin for the points lead.

Now holds the lead in goals and points.

40 goals and 72 points.

He turns 21 tomorrow. no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 06 February 2011

In the one of three NHL games on Superbowl Sunday, the Lightning take on the St. Louis Blues at home. In some brilliant decision*, the Lightning have decided to not air the game on TV. So you can listen to it on the radio on 620 WDAE or if you have GameCenter you'll get the FS-MW feed.

What you need to know:
  • Mike Lundin is out and Marc-Andre Bergeron has been called up to replace him
  • Ryan Malone is still day to day and Mattias Ritola is out again
  • St. Louis doesn't have Halak in net as he incurred an upper body injury earlier this week
  • St. Louis also has a ton of other players out: Carlo Colaiacovo, David Perron, Dave Scatchard (he's still in the NHL?)
The Blues are 14th in the Western Conference and there's no sense into going into much more detail than that since we only have one game against them this season. This should be a win for the Lightning, especially with Halak out with an injury.

Go Bolts

*sarcasm
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Written by Dani Toth | 05 February 2011

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In what should have been a good divisional battle, the Lightning put on a weak show last night.

For that, I'm stuck with a photo of Ovie and Mike Green looking like they just told that unicorns really do exist. Or that the NHL would be having their own Playboy contest. no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 03 February 2011

Enemy Blog: Head over to Rock the Red for your opposition blog coverage

Record: Lightning (32-15-5) Capitals (27-15-10)

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

Free Stuff: As per the @TBLightning twitter, the team will be giving away some free shirts with the new logo on it (easy there, probably not the polo but the t-shirt in the back maybe. It is after all FREE).

Update on the t-shirts: As per Erlendsson's twitter, tonight's game is supposed to sell-out. Each seat will have a free t-shirt on it for those in attendance.

-Semin is not playing tonight
-Varlamov is starting

This is the fifth of the six games we'll play against the Caps. The four have been split between the two teams with Washington winning the first two, and our boys winning the most recent two. The Lightning have won six is a row right now, the Caps on the other hand, are coming off of a shootout loss against Montreal. One of the guys from Rock the Red thinks he should be the next coach of the Caps. No word yet if he flew down with the team to Tampa.

The Caps might be without Alex Semin again, as his status is still uncertain, but he has taken part in two full practices with the team. He's been without a groin injury since early January and had just agreed to a one year contract extension with the Caps last week.

Mike Green tells CSN Washington, when asked if this is a "must win": "Yeah," defenceman Mike Green said. "Yeah, it is."

Roloson has gotten shutouts in his last two games against the Caps.

So big two points on the line here. Two divisional points.

Go Bolts!

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