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Prospect of the Week: 1-28-15

We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for his recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Bolt Prospect of the Week for January 28, 2015 is … Anthony DeAngelo, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL – Canada).

If it wasn’t for a three-week break when he was playing for Team USA in the World Junior Championships, Lightning prospect Anthony DeAngelo would be leading OHL defenseman in scoring despite playing the majority of the year for a mediocre Sarnia team.

Prospect followers no longer need to wonder how DeAngelo would produce with a strong team as he was traded to first place Sault Ste. Marie seven games ago. All he’s done in those seven games is post a goal and 13 points. Actually, those all came in the last six games as he was scoreless in his Greyhound debut.

Juniors Game Night: 1-29-15

Ontario Hockey League

London Knights 5 @ Windsor Spitfires 2

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 41 GP, 15-16-31, -9, 81 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

London scored four times in the third period to erase a 2-1 deficit. DiGiacinto had three points in his last two games coming into Thursday night’s match-up.

Erie Otters 5 @ Peterborough Petes 6

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 35 GP, 7-12-19, -20, 55 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM

Masin now has six points in his last six games. Peterborough did the near impossible Thursday, defeating Connor McDavid (goal, assist) and high-powered Erie. The Otters are third overall in the league in points behind Oshawa and Sault Ste. Marie. The Petes are ninth in the East, two points out of a playoff spot with three games in hand on the team above them (Mississauga).

NHL Game Night: 1-29-15 Red Wings at Lightning

Dump Trick!

DET-1
TB-5

Ben Bishop rebounded from his subpar performance against Carolina to allow just 1 goal on 28 shots for the victory. He was very sharp after shaking off the All-Star Break hangover he had in the last outing.

First Period
2:03 TB Paquette (7), (Killorn, Garrison)
11:59 DET Helm (9), (Ericsson, Datsyuk)
19:23 TB Paquette (8), (Drouin, Killorn)

Second Period
4:18 TB Stamkos (27), (Stralman, Drouin)(PP)
11:03 TB Paquette (9), (unassisted)(SH)
17:39 TB Barberio (1), (Sustr, Johnson)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Cedric Paquette, Bishop, and Jonathan Drouin were the game's three stars.

News of the Tampa Bay Lightning's demise appear to have been greatly exaggerated. As has occurred several times so far this season, this team seems to have the ability to raise their level of play to match the challenge at hand. Tonight they faced a Red Wings team that has been playing really well and had taken a 1 point lead on the Lightning in the division after a really poor performance against cellar-dwelling Carolina coming out of the All-Star Break. Momentum-wise, this appeared to be a tough mountain for the Lightning to climb.

But, in the end, the Lightning absolutely dominated the Red Wings. After a shaky First Period in which Ben Bishop had to play well to let his team overcome some turnover and defensive zone coverage issues, the Lightning took control of all facets of the game. Shots on goal. Scoring chances. Special teams play. They rolled the Red Wings, and sent Detroit (and their fans) back to Michigan with tails firmly tucked between their legs.

Tonight's victory put the Lightning at the end of the 5th 10-game segment of the season at 66 points, 6 points ahead of the minimum they need to have to be comfortably on pace for the playoffs. They gained 2 additional insurance points in this segment and are slowly inching their way to a position where their focus can turn from clinching the playoffs to loftier aspirations. It starts with the next 10-game segment and our well-worn mantra: "12 in 10, do it again."

Cedric Paquette had his first career hat trick and was +3 with 5 shots and 2 hits. He was also 67% on 12 draws. As noted a few games back, he looked due, and his goal against the Hurricanes appears to have opened up the floodgates in dramatic fashion. The man we affectionately call Dump Truck has 1 more game to go to graduate from prospect status on the website. I kind of wish he had hit the 41 game threshold for the season tonight, because tonight's performance would've been quite the mic drop moment for a prospect.

Jonathan Drouin had a pair of helpers and was +2 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 16:49. He rebounded from an awful turnover early in the game that led to Bishop having to bail him out on the ensuing 2-on-0 chance given to the Wings. From there, though, he was dangerous offensively and his line with Paquette and Killorn put all kinds of pressure on the Wings all night long. Drouin's got 2 more games to go until graduation from prospect status on the site.

Nikita Nesterov had 1 shot in 14:58. He got caught in no-man's land on Detroit's first goal, failing to pick up Helm as he circled from behind the Lightning net, and he had some defensive zone coverage issues. He's taken a little half step back in the past couple of games, which coupled with the improved play of Barberio tells me perhaps more seasoning needs to be in the cards for Nesterov.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 1-29-15

HPK 5 vs. Lukko 0
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 3-4-7, E, 4 PIM

Saku Salminen assisted on the game opening goal and had 6:15 of ice time in HPK's 5-0 demolition of Lukko. Ex-Lightning pick Eero Somervuori also had an helper in the win for HPK. Nashville 4th round pick Juuse Saros stopped all 40 shots he faced for the shutout. For the moment, HPK has moved into the 10th and final playoff spot on the Liiga table with the victory, 1 point ahead of Ilves.

Juniors Game Night: 1-29-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Drummondville Voltigeurs 1 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 5

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 6/13 FO, 0 Hits
With Sherbrooke: 17 GP, 12-15-27, -1, 14 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 36 GP, 13-28-41, -7, 28 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Sherbrooke had a 4-1 lead entering the third period and coasted to a 5-1 win. Darcy scored the Phoenix’s fifth goal, his 12th goal in 17 games with the club.

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