Tampa Bay’s chance at Cup contention comes from Yzerman’s Detroit past

Jared Clinton
Steve Yzerman (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

When Steve Yzerman took the reins as GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning, he said there would be no easy fixes and that creating a perennial contender was the long-term goal. Yzerman wasn’t thinking Stanley Cup. No, he was thinking Stanley Cups – plural.

It’s not surprising that was, and is, how Yzerman looked at things, especially considering where he was coming from. A career Detroit Red Wing, Yzerman was part of the process of turning the Red Wings from basement team to perennial Stanley Cup contender during his playing days. Read more

Tampa Bay’s new third jersey: Shades of 1990 or do you like the look?

Jared Clinton
Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos models the new Lightning third jersey (Tampa Bay Lightning)

When the Tampa Bay Lightning take the ice tonight to host the San Jose Sharks, they’ll debut their brand new third jerseys, a version very similar to their previous third.

Black and white, with a hint of blue thrown in, the jerseys really aren’t a far cry from the NHL’s ‘Black Ice’ jersey series. In fact, the two are actually quite alike. Devoid of much striping, the jersey also brings to mind those worn by a certain Stanley Cup champion from last season: Read more

Tampa’s Ben Bishop is Brock Lesnar, hits huge suplex on Chicago’s Ben Smith

Jared Clinton
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During Tuesday night’s game in Chicago, Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop was having a bit of trouble with Blackhawks around his crease.

After feeling he was interfered with during Chicago’s first goal – his own defenseman, Anton Stralman, had pushed Blackhawks’ winger Kris Versteeg into the netminder – he was clearly fed up. So, in true wrestling fashion, Bishop made sure to take matters into his own hands when the Chicago’s Ben Smith got in his kitchen: Read more

Was this NCAA coach a “#$%^ing classless #@!hole” this weekend?

Ryan Kennedy
Quinnipiac's Rand Pecknold (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

The Quinnipiac Bobcats stonewalled Cornell 1-0 on the weekend and even though Big Red coach Mike Schafer did touch on the lack of scoring from his team in the loss, it was far from his first topic of conversation in the post-game interview. No, Schafer was much more fired up about Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold:

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The five undrafted players making the biggest impact in the NHL

Tyler Johnson

For the better part of two seasons, when it comes to prospects the consistent names have been Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel. Both players stand to be NHL superstars and will almost undoubtedly go first and second overall in some order.

McDavid and Eichel are the type of players teams wait for – the type of player that you “build through the draft” with. But for nearly every team in the league, there’s a selection of undrafted talent that carries some of the load. In certain instances, they’re key cogs. In others, they’re depth players who contribute in ways you can’t find on the score sheet.

For the purposes of cutting out the established NHLers like Martin St-Louis and Mark Giordano, this list of the best undrafted players in the league today are the young guns that have broken into the NHL by unconventional means in the last five seasons: Read more

Watch AHL goaltender come up with inventive way to break up 2-on-0

Jared Clinton
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There’s a lot of ways to break up a 2-on-1, like sliding to block a pass or an aggressive poke check. When it comes to a 2-on-0, it gets a little bit more difficult, but veteran American League netminder David Leggio has a few ideas.

Leggio, who is playing his first season with Islanders affiliate Bridgeport Sound Tigers, had to think quickly as Springfield Falcons forwards Dana Tyrell and Lukas Sedlak came barreling down on him on a shorthanded 2-on-0: Read more

Saturday night match-up: Ovechkin vs. Stamkos

Bryan Mcwilliam
Tampa Bay Lightning v Winnipeg Jets

As always, Saturday night hockey will be a busy one with 12 games scheduled for tonight. On Friday, the match-up of the night was the Anaheim Ducks’ Corey Perry taking on the Dallas Stars’ Tyler Seguin. The Ducks walked away with a 2-1 victory thanks to a goal and an assist from Perry, so the match-up win goes to him.

Tonight, two of the great goal scorers in hockey square off as Alex Ovechkin’s Washington Capitals take on Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

The Capitals, under new coach Barry Trotz, are off to a so-so start with a record of 4-3-2 and this could be due to adjusting to a new style of play with more of an onus on playing defence, which Trotz was known for in his days behind the Nashville bench. They’ve also seen a recent dip in production from their biggest offensive gun Ovechkin.

After earning six points – five of which were goals – in his first four games, Ovechkin has been ice cold in his last five games with zero points and the Caps have lost three of those five games, while one of their wins was in the shootout over a bad Florida Panthers squad. Defence is great, but you need to put the puck in the net to win hockey games, so ‘Ovi’ needs to figure things out fast.

On the other side of the ice is Steven Stamkos, arguably the best goal scorer in the NHL and he’s not struggling one bit. After missing 45 games last season with a broken leg, the Lightning centre returned to close out the season on a high note. That momentum has followed through into this season and Stamkos is making goaltender’s lives miserable once again. He has 12 points in 11 games, eight of which are goals and the Lightning have established themselves as an early Stanley Cup contender. No one in the NHL has shot the puck more than Stamkos and there’s a very good chance that won’t change during the season, so expect to see the puck on his stick a lot tonight when the Lightning enter the Capitals’ zone.

Two goal scorers, one is on fire, while the other is an ice cube, who takes this match-up?

Prediction: Fire melts ice and that’s exactly what Stamkos and the Lightning are going to do to the Capitals. Stamkos will score at least one goal; look for two, and the Lightning will walk away with a big home win over the Capitals, improving their home record to 5-1-1 and increasing their winning streak to three games. Ryan Callahan, who is making his return to the Lightning line-up, will give them an added spark and Braden Holtby will be shaking his head after being pelted with shot after shot.

Hockey Canada gesture leaves Stamkos nearly speechless

Jared Clinton
Steven Stamkos (Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

A broken tibia didn’t just derail Steven Stamkos’ 2013-14 season, it robbed him of the opportunity to represent his home country at the Olympics.

While there’s no telling the impact Stamkos may have been able to make during the Sochi games, his scoring ability surely would have been a welcome addition to Team Canada. Though he fought valiantly to rehab his injured right leg in time for the tournament, he was unable to reach full speed in time, and Team Canada named Martin St-Louis as his replacement. Read more