The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Episode 86

This is this week’s “86 86 86 86 86 86 86” edition of the Bolt Prospects Podcast includes the following topics:

· Kucherov’s journey to the NHL
· Dotchin’s debut
· Lightning could be on to something, or not at all, but I'm betting on _____
· What happens if TB is sellers? Who’s safe?
· Lots of work to do regardless if TB is buying or selling
· Nester-on or Nester-off?
· Mailbag apology

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AHL Game Night: 1-25-16 Crunch at Penguins

Another strong effort against the East's top team fails to yield the full two points.

SYR-2
WBS-3 (OT)

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 29 shots for the OT loss.

First Period
13:26 SYR Vermin (8), (Conacher, Gourde)

Second Period
4:15 WBS Kostopoulos (14), (Blueger)
6:30 WBS Porter (7), (Warsofsky, Gaunce)
9:31 SYR Comrie (4), (Hart, Ikonen)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
4:58 WBS Warsofsky (9), (unassisted)

The Crunch actually outshot the Penguins 41-29 in the contest, but couldn't bury the chance to pull out the victory.

Syracuse is 1 point back of Albany in the North Division with 1 game in hand on the Devils.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 1-25-17

Spartak Moscow 1 vs. St. Petersburg 2
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 50 GP, 22-42-64, +33, 8 PIM

Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 17:59 of ice time as SKA edged Spartak 2-1. Ex-NHL'er Ilya Kovalchuk scored the Third Period game winner for SKA.

NHL Game Night: 1-24-17 Lightning at Blackhawks

Too little too late?

TB-5
CHI-2

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 36 shots for the victory. Vasilevskiy needs to string together some quality starts like this to begin to answer the question as to whether he can take over the starting duties from Bishop full time next season. That's one of the big agenda items still to be sorted out this year.

First Period
10:23 CHI Toews (9), (Panik, Hartman)
18:35 TB Boyle (12), (Filppula)

Second Period
1:26 CHI Keith (3), (Panarin, Toews)

Third Period
2:47 TB Nesterov (3), (Boyle)
6:14 TB Johnson (14), (Killorn, Filppula)
6:44 TB Johnson (15), (Killorn, Vasilevskiy)
17:55 TB Kucherov (18), (unassisted)(EN)

It's a good win against a quality opponent, take nothing away from it as an individual game. But, in the grand scheme of things, barring a crazy 10-game winning streak thrown in somewhere, the standings math is just too dire right now. Sitting on 49 points through 49 games, for the Lightning to get on pace to hit 96 points by game 80 with 2 games left to play, the team would have to get 47 of the next 62 possible points. That's .758 hockey to get on a comfortable playoff pace. Even if you want to gamble the team can get the 4 extra points in games 81 and 82 to get over the finish line and lower the target to 92 points by game 80, that's still .694 hockey and relying on a lot of help/tie breakers to fall the team's way. That's just nearly an impossible ask for this group.

Still, there were some positive developments in this game. I think the Lightning have some hard questions to ask of the three former members of The Triplets as to what degree they ride or die with them in the long run. Palat and Johnson have been inconsistent and Kucherov hasn't fully been himself since returning from injury earlier this season. So, for Johnson to step up and pot a couple of key goals in this game is hopefully the harbinger of a great stretch run the rest of the year.

Jake Dotchin had 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, 4 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 15:00 even. This was an extended look-see for the Lightning to diagnose what they have in a prospect, no doubt. I expect to see more of these types of cups of coffee the rest of the year with better ice time for young players to show their wares.

Gabriel Dumont had 2 hits and was 86% on 7 draws in 10:56.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

CHL Game Night: 1-24-17

Ontario Hockey League

Kitchener Rangers 0 @ Erie Otters 5

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 7/17 FO
Season Totals: 32 GP, 13-25-38, +20, 8 PIM
With Erie: 7 GP, 0-5-5, +2, 0 PIM
With Oshawa: 26 GP, 13-21-34, +18, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 1-0-1, +3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 35 GP, 28-44-72, +45, 23 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Taylor’s brother, Darren Raddysh (undrafted), had a goal and an assist to become Erie’s all-time leading scorer for a defenseman. Cirelli led the Otters in faceoffs taken with 17.

Western Hockey League

Kamloops Blazers 4 @ Portland Winterhawks 6

G Connor Ingram, KAM: No decision, nine saves on 13 shots
Season Totals: 28 GP, 17-9-1-0, 2.31 GAA, .929 sv%, 2 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Ingram allowed four goals on 13 shots in the first period before getting the hook. He escaped the loss as Kamloops ended up recovering - somewhat - fro a 4-0 deficit. The appearance made Ingram's GAA rise from 2.18 to 2.29 overnight.

NCAA Game Night: 1-24-17

No. 1 Boston University Terriers 1 @ Merrimack Warriors 3

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 21 GP, 0-4-4, +8, 20 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 26 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 26 PIM

New No. 1 BU promptly dropped a mid-week road game at Merrimack, 3-1. MacLeod was charged with hitting from behind and interference.

MHL Game Day: 1-23-17 and 1-24-17

1-23-17
CSKA Jr. 0 vs. Yaroslavl Jr. 2
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 0-0-0, E, 52 PIM

Ilya Konovalov turned aside all 38 shots he faced for the shutout in Loko Jr.'s 2-0 win over CSKA Jr. 18 year old defenseman Oleg Sosunov evened up his season plus-minus with a plus in the match.

1-24-17
CSKA Jr. 2 vs. Yaroslavl Jr. 3
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., DNP
Season totals: 29 GP, 0-0-0, E, 52 PIM

2017 draft eligible Kirill Slepets scored a power play goal midway through the Third Period to lift Loko Jr. to a 3-2 victory over CSKA Jr.

Lightning Power Play Live: January 23, 2017

One of the highlights of my week is my Monday guest appearance on Greg Linnelli’s Lightning Power Play Live show on tblpowerplay.com.

Lightning Radio has provided us the audio file in case you missed it on Monday evening.

This week, Greg and I talk about what ails the Lightning, adjusting player upside projections, goaltending issues, signs of hope, and what’s going on in Syracuse and junior hockey.

Greg’s show airs each evening, and is one of the best shows out there for Lightning fans.

Enjoy:

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CHL Game Night: 1-22-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Shawinigan Cataractes 3 @ Quebec Remparts 1

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 42 GP, 30-25-55, +21, 42 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

A 0-0 tie entering the third period turned into a 3-1 Shawinigan win by its close. Yan picked up a plus by being on the ice for the eventual game-winning goal.

Ontario Hockey League

Niagara IceDogs 2 @ London Knights 11

W/C Mitchell Stephens, LDN: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 8/11 FO
Season Totals: 28 GP, 12-19-31, +18, 14 PIM
With London: 6 GP, 1-4-5, +5, 0 PIM
With Saginaw: 22 GP, 11-15-26, +13, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

London put 11 goals on the board against visiting Niagara, though Stephens could only get in on one of them. Four London players had two goals each.

Western Hockey League

Swift Current Broncos 3 @ Saskatoon Blades 6

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 41 GP: 3-20-23, -4, 49 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

Hajek has eight points in his last nine games. The Blades are on a five-game win streak and are within two games of .500 (20-22-5-1).

Moose Jaw Warriors 2 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 0

C Brett Howden, MJ: Did not play
Season Totals: 34 GP, 24-26-50, +5, 39 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Howden did not dress for Moose Jaw’s shutout win in Edmonton as he was a late scratch due to an illness. Zach Sawchenko (undrafted) stopped 34 shots in the win.

CHL Game Night: 1-21-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Baie-Comeau Drakkar 3 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 5

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 2-0-2, E, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 0 Hits, *First Star*
Season Totals: 43 GP, 29-11-40, +8, 66 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-0-1, +1, 4 PIM, 6 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 32 GP, 28-26-54, +27, 33 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Mathieu Joseph set a new Saint John record with a point in his 23rd consecutive game, and Boko Imama had two goals to lead the Dogs over Baie-Comeau, 5-3. Imama scored both his goals on the power play in the first period to give Saint John a 2-0 lead. Joseph scored with less than 30 seconds remaining in regulation to keep the streak alive.

Ontario Hockey League

Erie Otters 4 @ Flint Firebirds 1

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 6/13 FO
Season Totals: 31 GP, 13-25-38, +20, 8 PIM
With Erie: 6 GP, 0-5-5, +2, 0 PIM
With Oshawa: 26 GP, 13-21-34, +18, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 34 GP, 27-44-71, +42, 23 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Cirelli had the primary assist on Raddysh’s 27th goal of the season, a power play marker that gave the Otters a 3-0 lead at the time.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 @ Sarnia Sting 7

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season: 44 GP, 20-18-38, +4, 28 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

Sarnia had a 5-0 five minute into the second period and coasted to a 7-3 win. The Soo still leads the OHL with 67 points, just two more than Erie, London, and Windsor.

North Bay Battalion 3 @ Peterborough Petes 5

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 7/15 FO
Season Totals: 42 GP, 12-19-31, -7, 18 PIM
With Petes: 5 GP, 0-2-2, E, 4 PIM
With Niagara: 37 GP, 12-17-29, -7, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 36 GP, 5-16-21, +3, 39 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

The Petes spotted the Battalion a 3-0 lead after two periods before scoring five in the third.

Western Hockey League

Prince George Cougars 4 @ Kamloops Blazers 5 (OT)

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Win, 27 saves on 31 shots
Season Totals: 27 GP, 17-9-1-0, 2.18 GAA, .932 sv%, 2 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Ingram got his second win in as many nights, and both went to overtime. On Friday night he stopped four of four shooters in the shootout to get the W. Kamloops sent the game to overtime Saturday with a goal in the final minute by Devan Sideroff (Ducks), his 27th.

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