It’s Always A Numbers Game
Jan31

It’s Always A Numbers Game

  One hundred and ten. That’s how many days it’s been since the first game of the season. When Tampa Bay was considered a powerhouse and all but a lock for yet another playoff berth with a deep run to a potential Cup. The biggest questions were who Steve Yzerman was going to target to bolster the roster for the playoffs and was it worth losing Bishop for nothing if it meant a Stanley Cup win.   One hundred and four. That’s how many...

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Don’t Tell Me About Results: Why Tampa Bay Might Be In Trouble
Dec12

Don’t Tell Me About Results: Why Tampa Bay Might Be In Trouble

  The first step to fixing a problem, is admitting there is one. For most people this is an extremely hard thing to do. It requires not only self actualization, but the courage to swallow your ego and pride and admit your flaws to the world. The easy way out is to try and deflect and distract others from noticing the problem. Mentioning past successes and comparable situations to blind others from the harsh reality. This is where we...

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Mailbag #3 I Like My Goalies Shaken Not Stirred Edition

  Welcome to another edition of the Bolts Jolts mailbag. When asking for questions this week I started to notice a theme. Not surprisingly, the stirring debate of Bishop versus Vasilevskiy has taken over people’s curiosity and now it has taken over the mailbag. I can’t say I blame any of you though; it’s a complicated and important situation in Lightning Land. So sit back, grab an aspirin, and enjoy the musings of...

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Back In Black: The Record of the Third Jersey
Nov26

Back In Black: The Record of the Third Jersey

Two and a quarter seasons ago, Tampa Bay unveiled their redesigned third jerseys. The new look alternates were like the previous iteration with the ‘BOLTS’ scrolled down the chest. The main difference was telling in the slogan; “back in black”. The color scheme was changed from a dark blue to a black. Harkening back to the days when the Lightning wore black as their home (and earlier their road) color rather than the blue they are...

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How Todd Richards Is Getting Tampa Bay’s Groove Back Part 2
Nov15

How Todd Richards Is Getting Tampa Bay’s Groove Back Part 2

In the first part of this series we started the conversation about how Todd Richards is transforming the Tampa Bay power play from a clock waster to a bonafide weapon of choice. We focused on one of the more important aspects of a great power play, the zone entries. More specifically one of the new additions to the arsenal, the double trailer drop pass controlled entry.  Now let’s move forward to one of the many tactics Tampa...

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