Goaltender Brian Eklund has been recalled by the Lightning from Springfield of the AHL. The move was apparently prompted by Sean Burke straining his groin muscle in today's morning skate.
The Springfield Falcons have reassigned 2003 2nd round pick Mike Egener to Johnstown of the ECHL and recalled Jay Rosehill. The move comes in the same week that Adam Henrich saw a similar stint in Johnstown as a consequence of ineffective play.
Fran Sypek reports that defenseman Brad Bombardir is scheduled to undergo knee surgery which may put his season in jeopardy. The news comes as the Falcons find themselves in the midst of a brief tailspin that has seen them give up 15 goals in their last two contests.
After a red hot start Linkopings has hit a rough patch in late October. Today the team dropped a decision in which goaltender Fredrik Norrena stopped just 14 of 18 shots faced. Norrena was pulled with about two and a half minutes to go as Linkopings surrendered an empty net goal.
By now you might've seen the laughable hack job committed by Hockey's Future on the Tampa Bay Lightning's prospect system in their Fall Organizational Rankings. As if trying to outdo their previous display of shear ignorance, HF has moved the Lightning down from 29th to 30th despite the fact the Lightning organization's prospects, which they largely ignore, are performing better this year than at any time since the goldmine year of 1999-2000 when Brad Richards, Dimitry Afanasenkov and Sheldon Keefe were in their last year of junior.
What I find extremely laughable is that an organization that hasn't published an article on the Tampa Bay Lightning's prospects in over two months, and which still hasn't updated their top-20 prospects for the Lightning because they lack anyone competent enough to do the job, actually has the chutzpah to claim any legitimacy in their critique. This is a group which does not even have a writer for the Lightning at the moment. How can they be so irresponsible as to publish organizational rankings like this when they have so clearly ignored the Tampa Bay Lightning for the past year?
Oh no, we suck again.
Brian Eklund straffed with 46 shots on net and a penalty shot to boot. Unfortunately Todd Rohloff didn't return in this game, although at this stage I'm not sure how much of a difference he alone can make. The Falcons were outshot 46 to 29 in this game, which is far to reminiscent of many a performance last season. The struggles then were a consequence of inexperience. Now? It's probably no coincidence the level of play dropped off in Springfield from opening night when Paul Ranger left the team. And it's also no surprise it fell completely off the table without Artyukhin. Springfield lost, arguably, 2 of their 3 best skaters from opening night and it shows. I hope Jay Feaster makes some sort of decision regarding the checking liners soon for Springfield's sake.
If you don't give up breakaways on the old man, Burke will make saves for you.
11:30 of ice time and a +2 for Paul Ranger with 2 blocked shots. Artyukhin and Tarnasky were effective with some ice time early in the first, but rode the pine most of the game. 3:28 with 1 hit for Artyukhin. 3:08 and a -1 for Tarnasky. Considering how badly the Falcons got pasted tonight and the salary cap space that is evaporating day by day, I hope Feaster makes a decision soon on Artyukhin, Tarnasky, Dingman and Cibak.
Game sheet from NHL.com.
It's beginning to reach the point of being ridiculous. For the fourth time in his last six starts Vasily Koshechkin pitched a shutout today defeating Chekhov 1-0. The victory moves Koshechkin to 5-1 since assuming the starting job in Togliatti. In those six starts, Koshechkin has only allowed 5 goals. Koshechkin now leads the Russian Superleague in both save percentage and GAA.
In addition, Albert Vishnyakov made a speedy recovery from his automobile accident, scoring a goal in today's 4-1 Dynamo victory over Novosibirsk.
Finally, Nikita Alexeev returned to the lineup today for Omsk and scored a goal in Avangard's 3-2 victory over CSKA.