The Tampa Bay Lightning were in a New York state of mind this past week with symmetrical outcomes against the Big Apple squads.

A 6-1 loss to the Rangers and a 6-1 win over the Islanders produced a 3-3 record on their Northeastern road trip.

Only 10 games into the 2016-17 NHL Season and Steven Stamkos stands tied for the league lead in goals with 7… Alex Killorn is second, already with 6 goals.

Brayden Point is making a point to stay with the big boys as he continues to impress with his speed and two-way play.

The Bolts special teams are off to a strong start with the fifth ranked power play and the second ranked penalty kill in the league.

Hate or love him… Martin St. Louis deserves the respect of the Lightning fans and organization for what he did for this team even if his departure was less than harmonious. Years from now, fans should expect to look up and see Marty’s, Brad Richards’ and Vincent Lecavalier’s jerseys hanging from the rafters.

Hopefully Slater Koekkoek’s latest call up lasts the entire season, then the Lightning fans can develop the “Koooo” cheer overtime he touches the puck, a la John Kuuuuuuhn in the NFL.

Is it me, or does Lightning coach Jon Cooper have an uncanny resemblance to golfer Jordan Spieth?

My three NHL MVP (Hart Trophy) Finalists: Patrick Kane, Connor McDavid and Carey Price. McDavid will win the MVP as well as the scoring title.

The Dallas Stars and the American Airlines Center play the best in-game arena music.

Jaromir Jagr needs just 16 points to pass Mark Messier for second place on the NHL all-time scoring list. To put things in perspective… if and when he accomplishes this, he will still be nearly 1,000 points behind the Great One.

I still think Steve Ott is the dirtiest player in the NHL.

Predictions: The Edmonton Oilers will score tons of goals this year and claim a playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Florida Panthers will settle back down to Earth and just miss a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.


Vin Voyer | CBS Tampa Bay


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