The Lightning recalled center Vladislav Namestnikov and goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced Friday. Gudlevskis was recalled on an emergency basis due to an injury to Ben Bishop.
According to the Lightning’s press release, Namestnikov, 21, has skated in 31 games this season with Syracuse, posting 13 goals and 30 points to go along with 19 penalty minutes. He ranks tied for first on the team for points and assists. The Zhukovskiy, Russia native also ranks tied for first on the Crunch for power-play goals with six. The 6-foot, 183-pound forward has skated in 75 career AHL games over the past two seasons, all with the Crunch, recording 20 goals and 51 points.
He was originally drafted by the Lightning in the first round, 27th overall, at the 2011 NHL Draft.
At the beginning of the season, Cedric Paquette classified himself as a third line center.
A defensively responsible forward that plays with an edge, Paquette knew where he was likely to find ice time. But with injuries and call-ups constantly shuffling the Syracuse Crunch lineup, the rookie has found a home where he didn’t expect — on a scoring line.
Paquette has seen spot duty on the top line, but has spent most of the season on the Crunch’s second unit. Forty-five games into Syracuse’s season, the 20-year-old leads the team with 14 goals and is tied for first with 30 points.
“He’s quickly found his way up the charts,” said Crunch coach Rob Zettler. “He just does a lot of really good things. Above all the things he does well, he’s a competitor. He plays hard every night, and that’s why he’s been successful.”
No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 1 @ No. 12 Wisconsin Badgers 2
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Loss, 17 saves on 19 shots
Season totals: 26 GP, 18-3-5, 1.97 GAA, .930 sv%, 3 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO
Sorry, Adam. Our reigning Prospect of the Week, who we lauded for not having lost in regulation since before Thanksgiving, dropped a close match in Madison on Thursday night. The Badgers only managed three shots in the third period, but one beat Wilcox for the game-winner. Minnesota had 40 of 50 first place votes in the last USCHO poll. Boston College is No. 2.
*USCHO poll used
Ontario Hockey League
Sudbury Wolves 0 @ North Bay Battalion 2
D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 38 GP, 3-16-19, +4, 42 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM
The Battalion scored a huge win over Sudbury, 2-0, which propelled North Bay into a first-place tie with the Wolves in the Central Division.
Kingston Frontenacs 10 @ Barrie Colts 6
W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 1-2-3, +3, 2 PIM
Season totals: 39 GP, 15-38-53, +15, 37 PIM
2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM
D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 49 GP, 9-20-29, +22, 105 PIM
2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM
Ikonen and the Fronts hit double-digits against Dotchin and the Colts, 10-6. Ikonen has five points in his last three games.
Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 3 @ Windsor Spitfires 4
D Slater Koekkoek, WSR: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 48 GP, 13-30-42, +41, 30 PIM
2012-13 totals: 42 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM
Koekkoek scored once, added an assist, and was named first star as Spits beat one of the league’s “Big 4,” 4-3. Koekkoek’s goal was the game-winner, scored with less than nine minutes left in the third period.
Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 22 shots before leaving the game after the Second Period with the old "upper body injury." Cedrick Desjardins allowed 2 goals on 13 shots the rest of the way for the backdoor loss. Tough spot for Cedrick to come into, and it cost the Lightning, because there was a goaltending duel in progress at the time.
7:57 TOR Raymond (15), (Kulemin, Rielly)
2:19 TOR McClement (3), (Clarkson, Lupul)
8:10 TOR van Riemsdyk (23), (Gunnarsson, Kessel)
10:28 TB Palat (12), (St Louis, Johnson)
17:08 TOR Bozak (12), (Kessel)(EN)
Ondrej Palat was the game's third star.
Let's recap the past 36 hours. Steven Stamkos' return was postponed another 2-3 weeks because his broken leg hasn't completely finished healing. Ben Bishop is down again with an "upper body injury" which may or may not keep him out of Saturday's game against Detroit. Valtteri Filppula also looked to reinjure his hip after getting the old Russian leg sweep from a Leaf tonight (no call), and he may also be out for Saturday.
Standings-wise, the Lightning are 7 games into segment 6 of the season having only collected 6 points in those 7 games. A loss Saturday would mean the Lightning can't hit their minimum segment target of 12 points again, and puts them in serious jeopardy of not having the minimum 72 points the Lightning really need to have after Game 60 to comfortably be on pace for the playoffs. That's bad. Very bad. This isn't a battle-tested veteran club. You don't necessarily want to see them scrambling for points in March and April against teams that are. Staying on pace is critical.
Mark Barberio had 1 shot in 14:21.
J.P. Cote had 3 shots in 9:05.
J.T. Brown had 2 penalty minutes, 5 shots, and 1 blocked shot in 12:57. He keeps generating chances with his speed and grit, particularly in tight, but just can't seem to find a finish.
Nikita Kucherov was -1 with 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 15:34. He had a handful of glorious chances in the First Period before tailing off as the game went on. He also has 2 of his shots blocked and 4 that missed the net, as he may be cutting it too fine right now trying to adjust to NHL goaltending.