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AHL Game Night: 10-19-18 Crunch at Devils

Ingram pitches a shutout in slump busting win.

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Connor Ingram stopped all 27 shots he faced and a penalty shot for the victory. How a man does all that and doesn't get a star is beyond me.

First Period
4:07 SYR Andreoff (1), (Dumont, Gaunce)(SH)

Second Period
12:59 SYR Stephens (1), (Cernak, Dumont)(PP)

Third Period
9:46 SYR Andreoff (2), (Martel, Verhaeghe)(PP)
19:41 SYR Katchouk (1), (Stephens)(EN)(SH)

Andy Andreoff, Gabriel Dumont, and Mitchell Stephens were the game's three stars.

Danick Martel appeared for the Crunch on a conditioning stint after not getting into a game thus far for the Lightning and had a helper. Boris Katchouk scored his first pro goal into the empty net to seal the deal.

Syracuse evens their record at 2-2-0. They've played significantly fewer games than most of the teams in the Eastern Conference and have a fair number of games in hand to make up.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Lightning Set Opening Night Roster: Four Prospects Make Squad

Tampa Bay trimmed down their training camp roster to twenty-four on Sunday, and with forward Ryan Callahan expected to start the season on injured reserved, this should be the team's final cuts. Four Bolt prospects, all forwards, will start the 2018-19 campaign with the big club, including camp standouts Adam Erne and Mathieu Joseph. Joining those two include Anthony Cirelli and Danick Martel, the latter being a waiver wire claim during camp by the Lightning. Cirelli was an in-season call up from the Crunch during the 2017-18 season, and played 18 regular season games and 17 playoff games for the Lightning totaling seven goals and seven assists in those 25 contests. Erne has played 49 NHL games over the past two seasons for the Bolts, while Martel notched four games for the Flyers last season.

Forwards Alexander Volkov and Mitchell Stephens, along with defenseman Erik Cernak were the team's final three cuts, and all had very strong camps in their own rights. They were reassigned to the Syracuse Crunch and are expected to play pivotal roles for Tampa Bay's top minor league affiliate.

The Lightning open the 2018-19 season at home on October 6 against the Florida Panthers.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-29-18 Lightning at Panthers

Heck, even the preseason Governor's Cup is ours, too.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 33 shots for the victory. The final tune up before live fire went well.

First Period
11:00 FLA Huberdeau (1), (Hoffman)
12:01 TB Conacher (1), (Martel)

Second Period
8:49 FLA Hoffman (1), (Barkov)(PP)

Third Period
6:31 TB Joseph (1), (unassisted)
13:11 TB Miller (1), (Sergachev, Stamkos)

J.T. Miller was the game's first star.

Torturing the Panthers is a pleasure in every season.

Now the Lightning will turn their attention to finalizing their roster. Adding more intrigue into the scenario are the impacts of injuries to Tyler Johnson and the recovering Ryan Callahan, which may allow a few more bubble players like Cory Conacher and/or Alexander Volkov to slip through to opening night. Regardless, it looks like Mathieu Joseph is in after scoring a key tying goal in tonight's encounter as the icing on the cake to his Orlando performance.

Joseph had a goal and was +1 with 3 shots and 1 hit in 15:07.

Danick Martel had a helper and was +1 with 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 13:21.

Anthony Cirelli had 2 shots and 2 blocked shots in 15:05 and he was 40% on 15 draws.

Volkov had 1 shot and 1 hit in 16:48.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-25-18 Panthers at Lightning

Lightning blow the "worst lead in hockey."

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 28 shots for the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
4:17 TB Erne (1), (Joseph, Miller)(PP)
10:15 TB Killorn (1), (Stamkos, Miller)

Third Period
2:16 FLA Dadonov (1), (Pysyk)
7:03 FLA Ekblad (1), (Sceviour, MacKenzie)(SH)
12:31 FLA Barkov (1), (Dadonov, Bjugstad)

Brayden Point was the game's second star.

Things looked to be going well with the Lightning up two goals going into the final frame in a game with a lot of front line players from both clubs. It's concerning to cough up that lead and to give up a shorty, especially given that special teams has been a bit of a smoldering disaster thus far in the preseason. Practices will fix that last problem, but you can see some ragged edges as the process moves along to the opener.

Coming into this game, I really felt like this roster was nearly complete with three players fighting for one roster spot with two players fighting for another spot. I believe Adam Erne, who keeps scoring goals, has made the team and that the Lightning are unlikely to carry both Cory Conacher and Danick Martel, who are somewhat similar players in at least a superficial way, on the roster. Given the Lightning had to take the step of claiming Martel off waivers, you'd presume he has a slight edge on the more tenured Conacher. Those two will fight over a single spot, if I'm right the Lightning won't carry both and will try to fish the other through waivers down to Syracuse.

That leaves the final spot on the roster, and I handicap that as a three player race between Erik Cernak, Mathieu Joseph, and Alexander Volkov. If the Lightning decide to carry eight defensemen, Cernak makes the team, period, full stop. A lot of that probably depends on the team's confidence in Sergachev's switch to the right side and their confidence that Slater Koekkoek is finally ready to be more of a contributor to the team (yes, I'm assuming the waiver-eligible Koekkoek will make the club). Most teams don't carry 8 defensemen, but the Lightning have been one of the few teams that regularly have and there is, of course, Jon Cooper's proclivity to dress seven defensemen. Whether he makes the team on opening night or not, expect Cernak to see significant time in Tampa Bay over the course of the season, as he's clearly separated himself as the number eight on the depth chart.

If they go to a more conventional seven defensemen on the roster, though, it comes down to Joseph and Volkov, each of which have the DNA to be contributing complimentary wingers. Joseph's speed and forechecking would be a big plus to the lower lines. Volkov is perhaps a more complete 200 foot player (but only slightly so, Joseph's no slouch) and has a blink-quick release. Either player would be a nice weapon on the roster, but I honestly think the Lightning's style and the overall trend of the league perhaps favors a Joseph promotion.

In my opinion. All speculative, but that seems to me to be the one remaining twist we might see in the final shaping of the roster.

Joseph had a helper and 2 hits in 15:15.

Koekkoek had a shot, a hit, and a blocked shot in 11:59.

Martel had a shot and a blocked shot in 12:23.

Mitchell Stephens had 2 penalty minutes, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 13:02. He was also 44% on 16 draws.

Anthony Cirelli was -1 with 2 shots, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 16:04. He was also 67% on 15 draws.

Adam Erne had a goal and was -1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 14:24.

Cernak had 2 penalty minutes 4 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 17:18.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Danick Martel

Basics

Type: 
Prospect
Position: 
Left Wing
Shoots/Catches: 
Left
Height: 
5.08
Weight: 
161
Born: 
12/12/1994
Age: 
23
Hometown: 
Drummondville, PDQ
Acquired: 
Claimed off waivers from Philadelphia on September 22, 2018
Last Team: 
Syracuse (AHL)
Projects As: 
Skilled and speedy scoring line winger

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Undrafted

Contract

Contract Status: 
Signed
Waiver Status: 
Waiver Eligible
Signing Date: 
07/12/2018
Contract Type: 
Two-way
Contract Length: 
1 year
Cap Number: 
$715 000
Contract Start Year: 
2018
Contract End Year: 
2019
Contract End Status: 
RFA
Salary: 
$715 000

Bio

Awards: 

2017-18

  • AHL All-Star Game


2014-15

  • CHL Humanitarian of the Year
  • QMJHL First All-Star Team
  • QMJHL Humanitarian of the Year

Scouting Report

Strengths: 

A feisty, agitating type with plenty of goal-scoring acumen at lower levels, he is usually very visible when on the ice. Shoots the puck with aplomb. Is aggressive in nature.

Weaknesses: 

Will need to prove he can continue to play his rambunctious style at the highest level, as he is rather smallish in stature. So, he will need to get physically stronger to survive.

Projection: 

Agitating, scoring winger with some upside.

Statistics

Player statistics powered by www.eliteprospects.com

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 Magog CantonniersQMAAA41 10 818 60|Playoffs13 7 411
 2011-2012 Magog CantonniersQMAAA41 23 2952 83|Playoffs7 6 39 10 
  Blainville-Boisbriand ArmadaQMJHL1 0 00 0|        
 2012-2013 Blainville-Boisbriand ArmadaQMJHL68 19 2241 50|Playoffs15 3 47 16 
 2013-2014 Blainville-Boisbriand ArmadaQMJHL63 32 2860 42|Playoffs11 8 19
 2014-2015 Blainville-Boisbriand ArmadaQMJHL64 48 54102 85|Playoffs6 4 37
  Lehigh Valley PhantomsAHL5 1 23 4|        
 2015-2016 Lehigh Valley PhantomsAHL67 22 1537 68|        
 2016-2017 Lehigh Valley PhantomsAHL68 20 2040 67|Playoffs5 1 01
 2017-2018 Philadelphia FlyersNHL4 0 00 0|        
  Lehigh Valley PhantomsAHL59 25 1540 50|Playoffs13 4 48 22 
 2018-2019 Tampa Bay LightningNHL- - -- -|        
  Syracuse CrunchAHL2 0 11 4|        

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