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Sam Hitchcock's Archive

Four Takeaways from the Lightning's Weekend Victories

February 2, 2020 - 1:22 PM ET

The Lightning enjoyed their California road trip, winning all three games including back-to-back contests against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday and San Jose Sharks on Saturday. I’ve scribbled down four important takeaways. 1. Anthony Cirelli was the best player on the ice against the Ducks In a...

Despite Poor Offensive Numbers, Bolts Prevail

February 5, 2020 - 9:14 AM ET

The offensive numbers are ghastly. The Lightning won Tuesday night’s game 4-2, but they posted a season-worst 0.76 expected goals rate and one high-danger chance. PDO is a nice gauge of puck luck, and the Lightning finished with their second highest percentage of the season. If it were not for a s...

The Lightning's Defense is Dominating

February 9, 2020 - 11:24 AM ET

Despite Ryan McDonagh and Jan Rutta being sidelined with injuries, the Lightning continue to play terrific defensive hockey. The Bolts allowed 18 shots in their 3-1 victory over the Islanders, which is the fewest shots they have surrendered this season. Tampa Bay held the Islanders to six high-dange...

Point and Kucherov Mask Bolts’ Flaws

February 11, 2020 - 8:52 AM ET

Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov were simultaneously the most promising and most unsettling features of last night’s 2-1 victory over Columbus. The star forwards combined for two brilliant goals, but their artistry managed to overshadow their team’s frightening lack of discipline as the Bolts g...

How the Lightning Respond to Spate of Injuries

February 12, 2020 - 8:52 AM ET

Having perspective is healthy. Watching Tampa Bay play back-to-back games against Columbus and Pittsburgh, it was striking how both opponents were ravaged by injuries. One of the healthiest teams in the NHL, the Lightning were on the other end of the spectrum. But on Tuesday night, the Bolts may hav...

The Lightning Don't Lose Anymore

February 16, 2020 - 12:26 PM ET

The Lightning got a little loose with their defense in the second half of the game on Saturday, although they managed to pull out a 5-3 win. The Bolts also gifted the Flyers five power play opportunities, and their opponent converted on two of them. But all of these areas for improvement are nitpick...

Where Blake Coleman Fits on the Bolts

February 17, 2020 - 9:06 AM ET

The Lightning were evidently concerned about their forward depth, and they made a big trade on Sunday to help bolster their skill and speed at left wing by acquiring Blake Coleman. In return, the Bolts gave New Jersey their 2019 first-round pick, Nolan Foote, and the Canucks’ 2020 first round pick...

Bolts Vanquish Avs in OT, Streak at Eleven

February 18, 2020 - 2:05 PM ET

Eleven straight wins. Against the Colorado Avalanche, arguably the best team in the Western Conference, the Lightning trailed 1-0 early and later surrendered a 3-1 lead. Yet the Bolts prevailed last night, managing to eke out the win in overtime. The consistency of this Bolts team is astonishing...

Vegas Terminates Bolts' Win Streak

February 21, 2020 - 9:09 AM ET

Vegas brings out the worst in the Lightning. Despite Tampa Bay’s spotty franchise record against the Golden Knights, on Thursday night the Lightning submitted an adequate effort considering they were missing Brayden Point, Ryan McDonagh, and Jan Rutta. But Vegas converted on the Bolts’ mistakes,...

Bolts Surrender Seven and Lose Cernak

February 23, 2020 - 6:45 PM ET

The score of last night’s 7-3 loss to the Arizona Coyotes belies how close the game was until late in the third period. Nevertheless, Tampa Bay had allowed four goals by the halfway point in the game. With Erik Cernak leaving in the second period with an injury, suddenly three of the Lightning’s...