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The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Volume 56

This week’s “Vladimir Mihalik Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast (also available on Lightning Power Play, Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:

· The No. 56
· Trade deadline review (grab a pillow and some Band-Aids)
· Tampa Bay’s short-term future
· Tampa Bay’s long-term future
· Interview with Syracuse’s Matt Peca
· The return of the #BPMailbag (Black Aces prediction … Contract term worries? … What will next young TB star face?)

Peca Makes Immediate Impact in Return to Crunch Lineup


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Matthew Peca knew exactly how much time he missed.

One day shy of five weeks on the shelf with an upper body injury, the Syracuse Crunch forward was counting the days until he could return. The 22-year-old scored on his first shift and finished with two points in a 3-2 win over Binghamton Friday, and added the game-winner in the shootout in a 5-4 victory over the Senators Sunday during a three-game weekend.

Peca made an immediate impact with his return and now he’s hoping to be a regular contributor as the Crunch make a push for the playoffs.

"I was just excited," Peca said of returning. "I felt in shape, I felt comfortable, and I knew my injury had healed so I was ready to get back. It didn't feel like I missed any time really."

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Volume 55

This week’s “Darryl Sydor Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast (also available on Lightning Power Play, Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:

· The No. 55
· Trade deadline preview (grab your popcorn)
· Koekkoek, Marchessault and fitting into the culture

Gourde Utilizing Speed on Crunch's Top Line


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Yanni Gourde is focused on the results more than his statistics.

One season after piling up a career-high 29 goals, the Syracuse Crunch forward realized his role has has shifted away from being the main triggerman on the ice. Over the last month Gourde has found chemistry with Tanner Richard and Mike Blunden on the first line, and has used his speed to consistently create scoring opportunities.

Gourde may not be on pace for another 29-goal season, but he is pleased someone is scoring them.

“I’m trying to go to the net and do the right thing,” said Gourde, who has seven goals and 22 assists in 48 games this season. “Right now it’s not going in, but I have to keep working on it. Right now (Blunden) is getting the goals and I’m happy.”

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