3-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, oh just another day in the life of the Tampa Bay Lightning. It was penalty mayhem in the 3rd period for the Lightning, way to blow your 1 goal lead boy. At least tonight didn't turn in to a 3 point night, so in retrospect for a better draft pick, have fun with those two points CBJ.
Enemy Blog: Pay your respects to the boys over at The Pensblog
No rest for the weak, tonight's game is in Pittsburgh at 7:30pm. Last game of the season tonight against the Pens, but this one could be interesting since it was only 2 weeks ago that Downie attempted to slewfoot Crosby. Crosby himself hadn't scored in seven games, but that drought was ended on Sunday night when he scored twice against the Leafs. The Pens have been without Gonchar and Malkin for the past few games, but both could return tonight.
The Pens are currently battling the Devils for the division lead, ahead by just 1 point going in to tonight's game. Does this game matter to the Lightning? No. Are they going to play hard for their pride? No probably not. Will Downie be stupid again tonight? Oh, more than likely.
Tonight the Lightning will be mathematically eliminated from the playoffs if they lose tonight, so you're saying there's still a chance?
Victor Hedman is out with a hip flexor injury so Matt Lashoff has been called up from NorfolkGame time: 7:30pm ET on Versus (HD) and SUN (HD)
I haven't posted in a few days because there has been a lack of motivation. I've completely lost the motivation to watch the remainder of the season. Of course I might catch a game or two, but I don't feel the drive to watch each and every game anymore.
There's been so much disappointment with this team. The product on the ice on some nights make it painful to sit through a whole game, in fact I'm pretty sure I wouldn't make it through some games if not for the gang over at Raw Charge that keep me entertained. The team's 7-1 loss to the Sabres on the weekend would have tried my patience if I still cared. Luckily I don't.
Tonight when I was looking up the point totals for Henrik Sedin (the Canucks are my home team), the league leaders for points amused me. The Lightning have two players in the top 6 of the league, St. Louis at #5 with 87 points and Stamkos at #6 with 86 points.
But the Lightning are also sitting at the bottom of the league in standings.
In the end, no matter how much offense we have, if our defense and goaltending sucks, then our team ends up in the same spot we were last year. Having a coach that doesn't know how to coach the type of the players on his roster has hurt this team. Tocchet doesn't belong in this type of NHL, he doesn't fit the style of what the NHL has become. After the Olympic break, it looked like the team wasn't responding to his coaching anymore and the team themselves completely wasted away their own playoff hopes.
It's too bad this team was in limbo this entire season due to the ownership quarrels and eventual sale of the team. If the ownership was stable, could a decision have been made during the season that could have save this season? Maybe. Could a coaching change have been made that might have saved the season? Maybe, but no reason to wonder since the season is over.
I can only hope for change after this season is over and a change in coaching seems to be the most obvious change to start with.no comments
1. FS Panthers fails for saying that this is Tocchet's 3rd season as head coach, it's actually his 2nd year (he took over for Barry Melrose last year) and what the hell is the stat for 48-67-0-26?
2. FAIL on head coach Rick Tocchet for having stats of 48-67-0-26no comments
Technically if we can go 10-0-0 we *might* be able to make the playoffs, but logically that just won't happen with a team that has lost 9 out of the 11 games since the Olympic break. When the pressure's on, this team really can bring the suck.
With 10 games left, the question for the Lightning now shifts to whether the Lightning can even finish this season strong. With the different levels of suck that they've doled out over the past week, and the team incoherence that has displayed in the past few weeks, finishing strong seems doubtful for this team.
Our goaltending since the break has been shoddy, minus the few flashes of a good goaltending from Niittymaki, we're right back to where we were last year. Mike Smith who is to make $2.4 million next season, although this year he is not injured, he is not playing like a #1 starter. Each game he plays make it more obvious that the GM will need to make a change whether is be a different set of goaltenders or a someone in the goaltending coaching area if they think he can get his game back.
With that being said, does the Lightning management think that Niittymaki is a true #1 starter? His contract is up and he will be looking for a raise from his $600,000 he got this season. If the Lightning don't think either of those two has the potential for being a consistent goaltender, there are a lot of goalies on the market this season, though that means those will also be question marks since they are being shopped.no comments
The good news? Ryan Miller is struggling and was pulled in the game against the Thrashers. The not so good news? He's looking to rebound from being pulled and the team won anyways over the Thrashers
Enemy Blog: Check out Double Edged Sabres
- Ryan Malone is out with an upper and lower body injury, 10-14 days
- Mattias Ohlund is out with a lower body injury
- David Hale is out with a lower body injury on injured reserve
- Zenon Konopka is out with back spasms
Tomorrow the Sabres rolls in to town, perhaps handing us one of the 3 losses that will completely end our playoff hopes, until then some links of what went on in the Boltosphere
- Ryan Malone will be out for for 10 to 14 days after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. He is also undergoing a seperate treatment for a separate upper-body injury
- Former Sens exec Roy Mlakar is interested in the Lightning CEO job
- The Lightning have reassigned 2009 draft picks Richard Panik (2nd round pick) and 29th overall pick Carter Ashton to the Norfolk Admirals
- The Lightning have submitted a bid to host the All-Star Game in either 2011, 2012 or 2013
- It's Dave Andreychuk Foundation night tomorrow night at the Sabres game. Watching a Lightning game and donating to charity? The Hockey Bay Blog approves! You have until noon tomorrow to purchase tickets, packages start at 30 bucks, see the Dave Andreychuck Foundation website for more info
Stick tap to John at Raw Charge for sending me this info:
Former NHL player and former Lightning assistant coach Wes Walz will be stopping by to talk some hockey at NHL FanHouse. They will be discussing today are the development of Steven Stamkos in Tampa Bay, the new proposed rule change for hits to the head and the progress of the Minnesota Wild.
Chat starts at 2pm EST and the link to join in on the live chat is hereno comments