Our Sports Central is reporting the Lightning prospect Justin Keller will represent the Norfolk Admirals at the upcoming AHL All-Star Classic. The honor falls to Keller after Kyle Wanvig is unable to play due his current recall to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Keller, Tampa's 8th round selection in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, is a second year pro and has scored 17 points (8 goals, 9 assists) in 25 games since November 21.
Don't look now, but the Lightning have a little something going here.
Johan Holmqvist allowed 3 goals on 28 shots in the win.
Tampa Bay 0:38, Brad Richards 14 (Martin St. Louis, Jan Hlavac)
Tampa Bay 4:29, Craig MacDonald 1 (Nick Tarnasky)
Tampa Bay 9:17, Martin St. Louis 19 (shorthanded) (Vincent Lecavalier, Brad Lukowich)
Edmonton 10:08, Andrew Cogliano 9 (power play) (Sam Gagner, Joni Pitkanen)
Tampa Bay 5:51, Vincent Lecavalier 30 (power play) (Martin St. Louis)
Edmonton 12:55, Steve Staios 5 (Andrew Cogliano, Sam Gagner)
Edmonton 18:41, Ales Hemsky 13 (Dustin Penner, Shawn Horcoff)
The bad news is, the Lightning are still 4 games under .500. The good news is they're just 7 points back of division leading Carolina with 3 games in hand and Dan Boyle likely to come back into the lineup at any time. Between that and the fact no one else in the Southeast Division seems to have their stuff together and the Lightning suddenly look like a team with a prayer of making the playoffs.
It's a challenge, but it's do-able.
CHL, BCHL, and USHL stats for Lightning prospects as of January 21, 2008.
Key (Skaters): Games Played, Goals-Assists-Points, Plus/Minus, Penalties in Minutes.
Key (Goalies): Wins-Losses-Overtime Losses-Shootout Losses, Goals Against Average, Save Percentage, Shutouts.
Ryan Munce gave up 3 goals against the Everblades Sunday night for the second time in a row, but his offense couldn't bail him out this time. Florida outshot the weary Sea Wolves 46-29 enroute to a 3-1 victory, with Munce stopping 43 of those shots to lose for the first time in 8 games. Munce had beaten the Blades Friday night 4-3 on the first of a three-in-three series with Florida, Texas, and Florida.
Munce also received news Sunday night that he had been snubbed for the ECHL All-Star game scheduled for Wednesday night, January 23 in Stockton, CA. Bloody filthy robbery.
Anton But assisted on St. Peterburg's only goal in a 2-1 overtime loss to Chelyabinsk.
Denis Kazionov was scoreless in Omsk's 4-3 win over Dynamo.
Albert Vishnyakov was scorless as Novokuznetsk was shut out by Spartak 5-0.
Tyrell was the only Cougar to beat Helenius Sunday night, scoring early in the third period. Tyrell extended his point streak to 6 games and Helenius broke a personal 3 game losing streak (0-2-0-1).
Regina Pats 3 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 (OT)
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
The third place Hurricanes fell five points behind second place Regina in the Eastern Conference standings. Lethbridge was without Zach Boychuk, who was serving a one game suspension for a check-from-behind. Boychuk is a possible Lightning target at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Another possible draft choice, Everett's Kyle Beach, will miss Wednesday's CHL Top Prospects Game due to an injury. Boychuck, of course, is listed on the event's roster.
No.10 Massachusetts 1 @ No.15 UMass-Lowell 3
D John Wessbecker, UMASS: Did not play (undisclosed injury)
No.8 Notre Dame 1 @ No.1 Michigan 5
D Kevin Quick, UM: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (holding), 0 shots on goal
Michigan completed a weekend sweep of the Irish with a decisive 5-1 win. Quick earned the lone assist on Louie Caporussoâ€™s second period goal that gave Michigan a 3-1 lead. The freshman defenseman has 2 goals and an assist in his last 4 games.