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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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Written by Dani Toth | 03 February 2011

In the third press conference called this week, the Lightning announced a $35 million renovation project to the St. Pete Times Forum.

From the Lightning website:

“We are thrilled to unveil our transformation plans today,” said Lightning and St. Pete Times Forum CEO Tod Leiweke. “Jeff made it clear when he purchased the team that the arena needed to see significant upgrades to benefit all of its stakeholders, and I am pleased that we can make his vision come true over the next 12 months. We intend on developing and maintaining a first class arena, whose concourses reflect the great place that is Tampa Bay and whose arena bowl pays homage to the Lightning and the great game of hockey.”

Highlights of the transformation include a new grand entry on the west side of the Times Forum, offering a redesigned ticket office and merchandise shop while offering fans a better connection to the main concourse; new seats for every fan; an 11,000 square foot signature outdoor deck extending from the west side of the arena’s Terrace Level overlooking downtown Tampa; the removal of eight suites on the Plaza level, opening up the arena bowl to the main concourse; the enhancement of each of the arena’s remaining suites; the removal of several suites on the Plaza Level, opening up the arena floor to the concourse; a new Chairman’s Club; an enhanced Lightning team locker room; new concourse flooring and concession stands; and substantial improvements to a dilapidated HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) system, allowing the arena to be warmer for the fans and the ice surface better for the players.

Two Terrace level seating sections (323 and 324, totaling approximately 550 seats) will be removed, creating space for a performance stage with a pipe organ and allowing the Lightning the opportunity to add several distinct elements to a greatly improved game presentation aimed at respecting the game of hockey and honoring the Tampa Bay community.

Renderings for the entire project are being made available for fans to view at tampabaylightning.com and visuals will be displayed throughout the St. Pete Times Forum during the 2010-11 hockey season.

For some visuals of the renovation go to Lightning Strikes which has some pretty photos

So now that we've had three press conferences in a row, what does tomorrow bring?

The only thing they could do to blow me away at this point is if they announce a new Stamkos contract. What? Did I say that? Well seriously, it's been a little quiet on the Stamkos contract front, no? Will we get the announcement during the season, or have to wait until summer?

Some of the visual concepts of the renovation:

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Full gallery is here on the Lightning website no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 02 February 2011

As per Cristodero at Lightning Strikes, Smitty has been put on waivers by Steve Yzerman today and will be sent down to the Norfolk Admirals if he is not claimed. The Ads are without Cedrick Desjardins because of a shoulder injury, so they could use a goaltender if he isn't claimed.

It will surprise me if he is claimed

I'll update with more info if it comes available. no comments