Written by Dani Toth | 21 November 2010

So the Lightning sweep their three game roadtrip this week and now return home for a two game homestand. In their last 10 games they have gone 4-5-1.

The two games this week will be against the Boston Bruins on Monday and the New York Rangers on Wednesday. Coming up during the Thanksgiving weekend, the Lightning will head up to Washington for a game on Friday and then to Sunrise for a game on Saturday.

Back-to-back games
Besides the ton of road games that we've had recently, another thing I've noticed is all the back-to-back games that we've had (every single week for the past month). So to verify I checked On The Forecheck's 2010-2011 NHL Super Schedule to see where the Lightning stand as compared to the rest of the league. In all, the Lightning will have 17 back-to-back nights, which seems to be about average for the league (Buffalo has the most at 22, and Edmonton and Vancouver have the least at 11).



So far in the standings, the Lightning are sitting in fifth spot, but are tied for points with Boston and Pittsburgh. But notice the plus/minus differencial between them and the top 4 teams? Ouch. Need to work on that.

Player Stats

But something positive is our offensive superstar:


Yeah that's pretty hot.

Bullet point stuff:

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Written by Dani Toth | 20 November 2010

HSBC Arenaphoto © 2010 mark.watmough | more info (via: Wylio)
Tonight is the first game against the Sabres this year. After two wins on the road so far, the Lightning are looking to make it three before heading back home.

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

Coming into tonight's game, the Sabres have been playing well, going 5-1-1 in the last couple of games. They played last night at home against the Kings and for the first time in forever (Oct 23rd) won in regulation.

Blair Jones and Mike Vernace were called up from Norfolk today according to a press release from the team. According to the Lightning Insider, the Lightning defence is pretty banged up right now and so Vernace is up as an insurance policy for the team in case they need his services.

Watch PAR-TAY:

Tonight is the last of the Lightning watch parties, tonight's will be held at the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets to hang out and watch the game in the park.

Line-up Notes:

Your pre-game reading links:

Game time: 7:00pm EST on SUN (HD)

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Written by Dani Toth | 19 November 2010

What a game. What a game.

Not enough time to give thoughts on it but check out this Puck Daddy article on Stamkos: Will Steven be the NHL's next 50-in-50 player?

And here is a neat NHL video

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Written by Dani Toth | 18 November 2010

Ritola was suspended two games and will forfeit $5,555.92 in salary for the ugly hit. He will be eligible to return to the lineup for the Boston game on November 22 2010.
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Written by Dani Toth | 18 November 2010


Tonight is the second game in our back to back, tonight against the Flyers. Ritola is expected to get a call regarding his hit on Matt Moulson last night, but no hearing has been scheduled as of yet according to Darren Dreger.

Enemy Blog: Head over to Flyers Goal Scored By... or Broadstreet Hockey for your opposition blog coverage

This is the second of two games that we'll play against the Flyers. Last time in Philly, for game three of season, the Lightning won 3-2.

The Flyers are coming into tonight's game 12-5-2, and have gone 8-1-1 in their last 10 games. Last game they played was on Monday against the Habs where they lost 3-0. The story to come out of that game was Mike Richards' warning to PK Subban to sit the f-ck down. Ok maybe he didn't say that, but he talked about respect and how Subban doesn't have that yet. I'm agreeing with Richards on this one.

Last night on twitter there was talk of Sergei Bobrovsky getting a rest tonight since he has started the last 11 games. So will we see Brian Boucher in net tonight? For the Lightning, expect to see Mike Smith tonight since Ellis played last night in New York.

-The Lightning have recalled defenceman Matt Roy and forward James Wright from Norfolk as per a press release issued by the team
-Sergei Bobrovsky is starting tonight for the Flyers
-Ritola has been suspended two games as per Erlendsson

*Update 2*
-As per Erlensson's twitter: Dan Ellis gets the start tonight, rest of lineup undecided, sounds like Hedman is a gametime decision while Smaby tweaked his sore ankle

Watch PAR-TAY:

There is another watch party going on tonight, and tonight's location will be at the Champions Sports Bar at the Marriott Waterside. Full info for the event can be found here on the Lightning website, and you can RSVP via Facebook.

Line-up Notes:

  • Mike Smith Dan Ellis will get the start in goal
  • Simon Gagne, Vincent Lecavalier is out for the Lightning
  • Michael Leighton, Matt Walker and Ian Laperierre are out for the Flyers

Your pre-game reading links:

Game time: 7:00pm EST on NHLN-US(HD), SUN (HD)

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Written by Dani Toth | 17 November 2010

How awesome is that photo?

And now how awesome was that video?

Now here is a not so awesome video via TSN for the hit of Ritola on Matt Moulson. It appears in the TSN clip about 15 seconds in. Dutchy just adds a "that's awful" while Hedger is going through the video which is exactly what I said when I saw the hit.

I'll try to get an video to embed, but for now you'll be stuck with the TSN link
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Written by Dani Toth | 17 November 2010

Looking at the schedule, the NHL schedule-makers seem to like to give the Lightning a lot of back to back road games this time of the year. Tonight is the first of another road back-to-back game, tonight the Islanders, tomorrow the Flyers

Enemy Blog: Head over to Islanders Hockey Blog for your opposition blog coverage

This is the second game out of the four that we'll play against the Islanders. Last game the Islanders won in overtime 3-2 at the St. Pete Times Forum. Since then, the Islanders haven't won in a month, are on a 10 game losing streak and have fired their coach Scott Gordon. Jack Capuano has been named interim head coach and tonight will be his first game as head coach of the Islanders.

The Lightning had some encouraging news as Simon Gagne has been practising with the team as of yesterday, albeit with a red jersey on. According to Cristodero's blog, after extensive testing the team was able to narrow down his ailment to being a muscle and nerve inflammation in the back of his neck, which constricted blood flow to the head, thus the blurry vision he's been having. He's not up with the team on this roadtrip and there is still no timetable for his return, but news of progress is good.

Against a team that has lost the last 10 games straight, the Lightning need a win tonight. It really is as simple as that.

Watch PAR-TAY:

There is a watch party going on tonight (the first of three), and tonight's location will be at the Outback Steakhouse. Full info for the event can be found here on the Lightning website, and you can RSVP via Facebook.

If you are deciding on which one to hit up, personal opinion (not that I live in Tampa) is to hold out for tomorrow's game or Saturday game. It's at a sports bar tomorrow and the Flyers game would be a more interesting game to catch, and Saturday you can watch it outside at a park (even if you have to watch the Sabres). If you go to any of them and want to share your experience, hit me up via email.

Line-up Notes:

  • Dan Ellis is starting in net
  • Simon Gagne and Vincent Lecavalier are out with injury

Your pre-game reading links:

Game time: 7:00pm EST on SUN (HD)

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