Are the Lightning still playing part-time hockey or did they receive their 82-game schedule from the league like everyone else did?
Otherwise we'll all finish up and then watch the Lightning play out the last 41 games of their schedule and go from last place to first place in the conference.
LOL...good question...I'll have to look into it.
At this rate, they are playing an AHL 'weekend schedule'
By midseason, they may very well have 40 games in hand on everyone else, so you may be right!
Problem is...if everyone else is caught up...whom do the Lightning play??????
All joking aside, the are really gonna pay the piper so to speak when the schedule compresses on them harder than the Atlantic on a submarine that has gone too deep...………… yikes...
The Penguins model for winning cups, shared with the Hawks in their prime is simple: Spend all your money on keeping the superstars happy and fill in the gaps with smart drafting and astute signings of free agents who fell through the cracks. Maroon and Shattenkirk absolutely are a brilliant example of the later, kids such as Verhaege, Foote, Alex Barre-Boulet (undersized Tyler Johnson type) Raddysh, Katchouk all will NHL players on the cheap.
Another big nugget of news with regards to Jon Cooper's lineup changes:
Nikita Kucherov will be on the 3rd line tonight.
Yep. Kuch on the 3rd.
I don't believe he has played third line since when he first came up.
Why? Could be for a number of reasons.... Kuch hasn't been his usual beastly self. He has been ok, but oftentimes, away from the puck, seems a bit lost.
He will be on the same line as Alex Killorn (wing) and Anthony Cirelli (C), two very good, hard working but also skilled g
I wonder at what point as a Lightning fan I start to be concerned about this team.
We are at roughly the quarter pole mark (23 games to be exact as of this posting) and the Bolts are still on the outside of the top 8, still doing things defensively that suggests they aren't Cup ready this season, still struggling at times with scoring, particularly 5 v 5, and Andrei Vasilevskiy has looked very ordinary.
30 games then? 35? Halfway mark at 41? 45?
Fans can keep saying "it's still early", an