Hope you all are enjoying your Thanksgiving weekend. Even though I'm up in Canada and don't have Thanksgiving this weekend (already had mine last month), it's going to be a rather busy one for me. I may or may not blog at all this weekend, so here is a bit of a preview of what is going on this weekend.

We have two games up this weekend in another back-to-back game starting with the Caps in Washington today at 5pm and then the Lightning take on the Panthers  tomorrow night in Tampa. This morning the boys were busy taking team photos and playing ball hockey in front of the White House. Love this.

Game 23: Tampa in Washington


Stuff you need to know
Puck drop - 5pm
Enemy Blog - Rock the Red
Watch it - on SUN (HD), CSN-DC (HD)
Record - Lightning (13-7-2) Capitals (15-6-2)

The Caps are ahead of the Lightning by four points in the SW Division, so this afternoon is a battle between the top teams in our division. Tonight is the second game we have against them, the last game the Lightning lost 6-3 and more importantly lost Lecavalier to a broken hand. The Caps had a three game losing streak going until they won against the Hurricanes on Wednesday. During that time, the Lightning have been catching up in the standings with our five game win streak.

Game 24: Panthers in Tampa


Stuff you need to know
Puck drop - 7:30pm
Enemy Blog - Litter Box Cats
Watch it - on SUN (HD)

After an early game in Washington the Lightning head back home to face the Panthers. Unlike the Caps who were at the top of the division, the Panthers are at the bottom. The last time we played the Panthers was back in October where we lost 6-0 in Sunrise.

All-Star Voting

A few days ago the preliminary all-star votes came in, and Stamkos was sitting in 4th place with 78,833 votes. Martin St. Louis was a distant 38th place with 12,852 votes which had Cristodero riled up thinking he should be doing better in the votes.

But let's take a step back and think about that. This is All-Star player voting by the FANS. And let's face it, the fanbase for the Lightning is not as big as other franchises. Or maybe our fans just don't care about the All-Star game. Maybe they don't want to vote multiple times a day (up to 30 times I believe is the max?) for a player to play in the All-Star game. Or maybe our fans are not as technologically as savvy to actually log on to the internet to vote (this sentence is obviously not directed at you the reader).

I think it was expected that Stamkos is doing well in the voting because he's such a superstar now. But as for Martin St. Louis, unless the Tampa Bay Lightning masses decides to launch an initiative to keep voting multiple times a day to increase his vote total exponentially faster than other players, it ain't gonna happen. It's not a slight against him as a player, but the nature of fan voting is that votes are not based on talent but fan favorites and clearly we aren't voting enough to make it happen.