The BP Podcast, Episode 99

This BoltProspects Podcast, Episode 99 – The Great One Edition, contains the following topics (WARNING: Some technical issues I couldn’t correct on this one):

· The No. 99
· Gretzky to LA = Lightning?
· The Lightnings are good at the hockey
· 2003-2004 Lightning vs 2017-2018 Lightning
· In a vacuum: Slater Koekkoek’s development plan
· What to do with Sustr
· Interview with Ben Thomas
· Interview with Anthony Cirelli
· #BPMailbag (Take-backs on Drouin trade? … 3rd line options … Future impact prospects … Trade deadline wish list … TJ’s contract vs Kucherov’s future in TB)

Juniors Game Night: 11-16-17

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 @ North Bay Battalion 4 (OT)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-3-3, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 21 GP, 18-14-32, +20, 8 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

Boris Katchouk earned First Star honors leading The Soo to an overtime victory by racking up 3 assists, including the one on Flyers 2017 1st round pick Morgan Frost’s overtime game-winner. Katchouk is now 2nd in the OHL in goals, 4th in points, 1st in shorties, 1st in game-winners, and 2nd in plus-minus.

Sudbury Wolves 8 @ Barrie Colts 2

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 6/12 FO
Season Totals: 19 GP, 7-10-17, +6, 2 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Alexey Lipanov opened the scoring with his league leading third shorthanded goal just three minutes into the contest. Then… a snowman happened. The Wolves scored the next seven and Wild 2016 7th round pick Dmitry Sokolov chalked up a four-point night to pace Sudbury. Oh, and Lipanov was also 50% on face offs.

Oshawa Generals 4 @ Peterborough Petes 1

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 5/11 FO
Season Totals: 18 GP, 8-2-10, -11, 4 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

The Petes scored first, but the OHL East celler dwelling Generals mustered three unanswered and added the empty netter. Oshawa was paced by sixteen year old rookie Nick Wong and Bruins 2017 2nd round pick Jack Studnicka.

NHL Game Night: 11-16-17 Stars at Lightning

Lightning pummel ex-mate Bishop in his return to Tampa.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 28 shots for the victory. The typical formula applied. He made a handful of important situational saves early in the game, allowing the Lightning the time to start pulling away in the Second Period.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
0:47 TB Stamkos (9), (Hedman, Kucherov)(PP)
3:34 DAL Faksa (4), (unassisted)
4:51 TB Sergachev (5), (Killorn, Johnson)
11:20 TB Point (8), (unassisted)(SH)

Third Period
3:57 TB Stamkos (10), (Kucherov, Namestnikov)
8:18 TB Dotchin (2), (Sergachev, Stamkos)
13:52 TB Kucherov (17), (Hedman, Stamkos)

Steven Stamkos, Mikhail Sergachev, and Nikita Kucherov were the game's three stars.

Impressive showing by the Lightning. They showed no rust at all in the first game from a road trip, outskating and outpossessing Dallas by a significant margin in the First Period. The game got a lot more even in the Second Period as the Lightning took a few penalties, but the Lightning's special teams paid off with a PP and SH goal in the frame, and that allowed them to start to pull away. At 5 on 5, there's few teams that seem to be able to touch this team. On the power play, they're lethal. And, on the penalty kill, the injection of players like Point and Gourde have added a lethal element that gives teams very little respite. Some team or two is going to get their act together over the course of the season and lay down their marker as a potential contender, but right now the league is looking like the Tampa Bay Lightning and then everyone else so far this year.

With the victory, the Lightning stand at 32 points through 19 games, meaning with 1 game to go in the second 10-game segment of the year the Lightning have already banked 8 insurance points. Remarkable.

Yanni Gourde was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 blocked shot in 21:33. He was also 40% on 5 draws.

Jake Dotchin had his second NHL goal and was +1 with 3 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 16:21. Thought his goal was maybe a touch on the soft side, but he had a scoring chance earlier in the game where I thought he might've been a little luckier on the outcome, so these things even out.

Sergachev had a goal and an assist and was +3 with 3 shots and 1 hit in 14:16. His goal was kind of a lucky shot that deflected on a long point shot off a Dallas defender and went straight into the top corner. This is why Cooper preaches shooting the puck. The helper on Dotchin's goal was nothing fancy, but kind of epitomized how he played all night, using his mobility to support the play in all three zones.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 11-15-17

Ontario Hockey League

Peterborough Petes 0 @ Hamilton Bulldogs 4

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 7/15 FO
Season Totals: 17 GP, 8-2-10, -10, 4 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

The Bulldogs shutout the Petes en route to overtaking them for tops in the hotly contested OHL East. Just three points separates Hamilton, Ottawa, Peterborough, and Kingston.

Erie Otters 4 @ Mississauga Steelheads 5

W Taylor Raddysh, ER: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 20 GP, 9-20-29, +11, 14 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Taylor Raddysh gets the only assist on a shorthanded game opening goal by the Ottes midway through the first period. The Steelheads would battle back to a 3-1 lead and hang on for the 5-4 win behind the efforts of sixteen year old rookie Keean Washkurak and Panthers 1st round pick Owen Tippett.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Saskatoon Blades 5

C Brett Howden, MJ: DNP, Injured
Season Totals: 15 GP, 10-13-23, +9, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 21 GP, 6-3-9, +20, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 19 GP, 5-9-14, -12, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Hajek garners assists on the Blade’s first two goals as Saskatoon edges the Warriors. The next night after bragging on Sosunov’s plus-minus, he goes and has a rough night. Howden remains out of the lineup nursing the injury sustained in the first WHL vs Russia exhibition game.

AHL Game Night: 11-15-17 Crunch at Bears

Inspired Crunch effort fades into Third Period disappointment.

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Connor Ingram allowed 3 goals on 25 shots for the loss. Ingram was the lone goaltender dressed for the Crunch as they await the newly acquired Louis Domingue.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
0:43 SYR Cirelli (3), (Thomas)(PP)

Third Period
0:27 HER Langlois (2), (O'Brien, Williams)
4:05 HER Bourque (6), (Simpson)
6:57 SYR Volkov (2), (Yan, Erne)
12:55 HER Bourque (7), (Simpson, Boyd)
19:51 HER Johansen (3), (unassisted)(EN)

With the departure of Leighton and McGinn in the Domingue deal and the release of Akeson from his PTO, Syracuse has opted to get even younger as they attempt to find a winning formula to get out of the cellar this season. If you're looking for a silver lining from tonight, all Crunch scoring was contributed by prospects. Cold comfort, but that's something.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 11-14-17

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 7 @ Swift Current Broncos 4

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 20 GP, 6-3-9, +21, 26 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals (MHL): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

C Brett Howden, MJ: DNP, Injured
Season Totals: 15 GP, 10-13-23, +9, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP: 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

The Warriors crushed the Broncos on the road behind a 5-point effort from undrafted overager Jayden Halbgewachs. Sosunov sits 7th in the WHL in plus-minus at +21 after 20 games -- and he has six goals. Just let that sink in. Is he a still classified as a project? Meanwhile Brett Howden remains on the shelf with an injury sustained during the first game of the WHL vs. Russia series.

Edmonton Oil Kings 2 @ Kelowna Rockets 5

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 20 GP, 5-12-17, +10, 16 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

The Rockets handled the Oil Kings thanks to two-goal efforts by Flames prospect Dillon Dube and Flyers prospect Carsen Twarynski. Cal Foote logged a solid effort, on the ice for three of Kelowna's five goals, including the empty netter with less than a minute remaining protecting the two-goal lead.

Bolts Acquire G Domingue from Coyotes

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired goaltender Louis Domingue (doh-MING, LOO-ee) from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for goaltender Michael Leighton and forward Tye McGinn, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Domingue, 25, has appeared in seven games with the Coyotes this season, posting a 4.33 goals-against average and .856 save percentage. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound goaltender has played in 84 career NHL games, all with Arizona over the past four seasons, compiling a record of 27-41-7 to go along with a 3.00 goals-against average and .906 save percentage with two shutouts. During the 2015-16 season, he set career highs for games played (39), wins (15) and save percentage (.912).

The St. Hyacinthe, Quebec native has appeared in 71 career American Hockey League games, posting a record of 27-30-3 to go along with a 3.09 goals-against average and .902 save percentage. He last played in the AHL during the 2015-16 season when he appeared in 13 games with the Springfield Falcons, compiling a record of 6-6-1 to go along with a 2.55 goals-against average and .919 save percentage.

Domingue was originally selected by the Coyotes in the fifth round, 138th overall, at the 2010 NHL Draft.

Juniors Game Night: 11-12-17

Ontario Hockey League

Kingston Frontenacs 3 @ Peterborough Petes 6

C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 18/23 FO
Season Totals: 16 GP, 8-2-10, -10, 4 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

The Petes double up the Frontenacs behind a four-point game from Panther prospect Johnathan Ang. Christopher Paquette absolutely owned Kingston in the circle, winning 18 of 23 face offs.

Western Hockey League

Regina Pats 1 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 3

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-1-1, +3, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 19 GP, 6-3-9, +20, 26 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals (MHL): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

C Brett Howden, MJ: DNP, Injured
Season Totals: 15 GP, 10-13-23, +9, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP: 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

Sosunov drew the only assist on the Warriors opening goal early in the first, but on the ice for all three of Moose Jaw's scores against the Pats. Brett Howden remains sidelined with an injury sustained during the first game of the WHL vs. Russia series.

ECHL Game Night: 11-12-17

Adirondack Thunder 1 at Brampton Beast 2 SO

D Matthew Spencer, ADK, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMS, 1 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIMs, 2 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIMs, 2 SOG

G Connor Ingram, ADK, SOL, 65:00 MINS, 37/38, *Second Star*
Season Totals (ECHL): 3 GP, 2-0-0-1, 1.30 GAA, 0.960 SV%, 0 SO
Season Totals (AHL): 6 GP, 1-3-1, 3.36 GAA, 0.860 SV%, 0 SO

Other Notables
F Shane Conacher, ADK, 0-1-0, E, 0 PIMS, 4 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 9 GP, 2-7-9, +1, 4 PIMs, 16 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMs, 1 SOG

F Ty Loney, ADK, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIMS, 4 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 13 GP, 9-6-15, +3, 18 PIMs, 46 SOG

Lightning goalie prospect Connor Ingram and Beast goalie Andrew D'Agostini put on goaltending clinic Sunday afternoon at the Powerade Centre in Brampton. The two netminders allowed just one goal each and made a combined 82 saves en route to a shootout duel. D'Agostini, the ex-Peterborough Pete goalie and former teammate of Lightning prospects Matthew Spencer and Slater Koekkoek, turned away all 4 Adirondack shooters including Syracuse depth forwards Ty Loney and Shane Conacher. Ingram finally yielded a goal on the fourth Brampton shooter, but still earned Second Star honors for his performance. For the weekend, Ingram played a total of 185 minutes and turned away 95 of 99 shots, while backstopping the Thunder to earning 5 of the possible 6 points on the weekend. Loney and Conacher once again combined on the power play 40 seconds into the 3rd to knot the score at 1-1. Now that the weekend three-in-three is completed, it is expected that Ingram and Spencer will be recalled to Syracuse.

NHL Game Night: 11-12-17 Lightning at Ducks

Dominant Lightning need some Vasilarceny to complete California sweep.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed just 1 goal on 29 shots for the victory. He didn't have a ton of saves to make in the first 40 minutes but found himself locked in an absolute duel with John Gibson standing on his head at the other end of the rink. The sealer was an theft of thefts by Vasilevskiy pushing to his left and robbing a one timer on the PK late in the Third Period. My gosh, what a save. I though he had no chance.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
9:12 TB Nametnikov (9), (Kucherov, Stamkos)(PP)

Third Period
3:48 ANH Silfverberg (5), (Wagner, Cogliano)
7:18 TB Brown (1), (Kunitz, Callahan)

Vladislav Namestnikov and Victor Hedman were the game's second and third stars. Quite the spiteful, bitter, sour grapes move by the Anaheim media to snub Vasilevskiy from a star. Truly.

Tampa Bay deserved the victory tonight. The first 40 minutes of this contest were an absolute clinic. Tampa Bay had all of the puck and a ton of scoring chances and Gibson had to play one of the best games of his life just to hold Anaheim in the game. The Third Period was more of a Ducks period with the ice titled by score effects and the Lightning got an amazing goal from J.T. Brown and a ton of great saves by Vasilevskiy to get it over the finish line.

The Lightning only won 48% of their draws tonight, but that's better than I'd have thought with this many young centermen playing against any team that has Antoine Vermette. Pleasant surprise.

Tampa Bay clinches another successful 10-game segment of the season with the win, now sitting at 13 points through 8 games of the segment. They also pot 1 insurance point giving them 6 insurance points on the season with 2 games left to rack up more in this segment.

Yanni Gourde was -1 with 2 shots in 16:16. He was also 40% on 5 draws.

Jake Dotchin had 1 shot, 3 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 15:48.

Mikhail Sergachev was -1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 14:18. He's going to want to burn the tape of that Third Period. Made a poor turnover on Anaheim's only goal and another in the Ducks zone later in the period that led to a 2-on-1 where Vasilevskiy had to make a dynamite save to bail him out. Bad Sergachev makes poor decisions and/or is too light on his stick passing it. I haven't seen bad Sergachev much recently, but he snuck on the rink in the final frame tonight.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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