Bolt Prospects has learned from Johan Nilsson of EliteProspects.com goaltender Fredrik Norrena has suffered a groin pull. Norrena left Linkopings' last game early and did not play today in a 2-1 Linkopings loss. Swedish newspaper reports indicate that Norrena hopes to be back in game shape in time for the Olympics in Torrino.
After Martin Cibak did not dress against Dallas with an undisclosed injury and Tim Taylor left the Stars game hurt, the Lightning have recalled Springfield center Jason Jaspers. With John Tortorella's philosophy on icing three scoring lines, Jaspers could get a chance to show his offensive ability on the NHL level tonight against Atlanta. Jaspers currently leads the Falcons in scoring this season with 16 goals and 23 assists for 39 points in 41 games. The 5-foot-11, 207-pound native of Thunder Bay, Ontario also leads Springfield in power play goals this season with nine. He was acquired in the offseason from Phoenix.
Outstanding night for Ryan Craig...
Craig led the way with a short side wrist shot goal and an assist. Sean Burke stopped 25 of 28 for the win.
Craig played 13:28 and was +1 in the game with 2 shots on goal. Evgeny Artyukhin added an assist and was +1 in 9:36 of ice time with 1 shot and 5 hits. Norm Milley was -1 in 6:22 with 1 shot on goal. And, in a major milestone game, Paul Ranger led all Lightning rookies with 17:03 of ice time and was +1. Tonight was Paul Ranger's 41st NHL game, graduating him by Bolt Prospects criteria from prospect status. Congratulations to Paul Ranger, the first of the Lightning's class of 2005-2006. He won't be the last. Evgeny Artyukhin played his 39th game tonight and will also graduate within the next week.
Game sheet from NHL.com.
The Springfield Falcons have reassigned defenseman Harlan Pratt to Johnstown of the ECHL. The decision completes a string of roster moves that included the release of defenseman John Adams and the reassignment of left wing Randy Rowe to make room for prospects Gerard Dicaire, Mike Egener and Adam Henrich.
I decided to pick up the B2 feed of this game to see how the Falcons do tonight after the big shake up. Tonight's scratches: Darren Reid (leg), Steve McLaren (undisclosed), Jay Rosehill (coach's decision) and Andre Deveaux (coach's decision). Brian Eklund will get the start in net tonight.
Alexei Glukhov assisted on goals by Alexei Shkotov and Ales Pisa today as Khimik tied Omsk 3-3 in Superleague action. Glukhov has 1 goals and 15 points in 36 games this season.
Anton But recorded an assist as Ufa downed Yaroslavl 5-3. But's torrid scoring pace has made him one of the Superleague's top-10 scorers this season.
Vasily Koshechkin allowed three goals before being pulled prior to an empty net goal as Dynamo defeated Togliatti 4-2. Koshechkin is now 14-10-4 on the season.
Karri Ramo seems to have regained the top spot for HPK, that's the good news. The bad news is that today, in the second of back-to-back starts, Ramo fell to 5-5-3 as HIFK scored 2 third period goals to defeat HPK 3-2. Ramo stopped 25 of 28 in the loss.
Lightning prospect RW/C Chris Lawrence scored a hat trick tonight, including the overtime game winning goal, in a wild 7-6 victory over Brampton. Since being traded to Missisauga from Sault Ste Marie a month ago, Lawrence has 8 goals and 15 points in 14 games. Last season he had just 11 goals all season. Lawrence, who was selected by the Lightning in the 3rd round of last summer's draft, has received criticism for much of his junior career for lack of intensity and failure to live up to his potential. Perhaps, under the tutledge of head coach Gred Gilbert, Lawrence is finally starting to break through.
OLN has announced it will carry the ECHL All-Star Game on tape delay Jan. 26th at 5pm ET. The game will feature Lightning prospect Jonathan Boutin of the Johnstown Chiefs. Boutin is currently third in the ECHL with a .923 save percentage. His record stands at 8-8-0-2 on the season with a 2.82 GAA and 2 shutouts.