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Raw Charge Aug 21, 2017
Quick Strikes: Steven Stamkos ranked seventh-best center by NHL Network

Quick Strikes: Steven Stamkos ranked seventh-best center by NHL Network

Today’s news includes hockey in South East Asia! The Bolts The NHL Network has ranked Tampa Bay Lightning superstar pivot-man Steven Stamkos as the seventh-best center in the NHL right now. Despite his injury history recently, Stamkos has risen on the list from last year, where he was eleventh. You can find that article here at Raw Charge. The Top 20 Centers Right Now are…. #NHLTopPlayers pic.twitter.com/9NOYsJoHuQ— NHL Network (@NHLNetwork) August 21, 2017 Let us know what you think of this list? Auston Matthews, of the Toronto Maple Leafs, at #4 is the first name that jumped...
Raw Charge Aug 20, 2017
Tampa Bay Lightning’s Steven Stamkos to be featured on NHL Network’s Top 20 Centers Right Now

Tampa Bay Lightning’s Steven Stamkos to be featured on NHL Network’s Top 20 Centers Right Now

Stamkos ranked 11th last year. Where does he rank this year? Last weekend, on NHL Network’s Top 20 Wingers Right Now show, Nikita Kucherov came in at 2nd in the NHL. It was a well-deserved ranking, especially after his showing last season. Tonight, Steven Stamkos will be featured on the Top 20 Centers Right Now show airing at 7 PM Eastern on NHL Network. Last season, Stamkos ranked 11th. Considering how many great centers there are on the league, Stamkos really has to stand out with elite scoring and be in the Rocket Richard race to be considered up near the top. Unfortunately, his knee...
Raw Charge Aug 18, 2017
Translated from Sovsport.ru: Nikita Kucherov’s favorite starting lineup? Two Swedes, Stamkos, and Malkin

Translated from Sovsport.ru: Nikita Kucherov’s favorite starting lineup? Two Swedes, Stamkos, and Malkin

Kucherov talks off-season hijinks, advice for small players, and a tiny bit of insecurity about Artemi Panarin. In this translated interview, Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov tells Pavel Lysenkov of Sovsport.ru about his summer hijinks. If you use this translated text in any way, please credit Sovsport.ru and Natalia (@forgotten_night) of Raw Charge. Ice in the garage Pavel Lysenkov: So why did you need ice in your garage, Nikita? Nikita Kucherov: I recently bought a house in Tampa and decided to install ice and a goal there. In summer, I have time to work on my shot. I take...
Raw Charge Aug 17, 2017
Quick Strikes: the Tampa Bay Lightning want YOU to work at Amalie Arena

Quick Strikes: the Tampa Bay Lightning want YOU to work at Amalie Arena

Leon Draisaitl get Stamkos money and Matt Cullen returns The Bolts The staff at Raw Charge have answered your questions regarding the Tampa Bay Lightning, analytics, and food! It was a lot of fun to answer these questions so we will definiutely be doing this again very soon! “iActium: I’m a cake kind of guy. Not a huge fan of pie.” [Raw Charge] Nikita Kucherov gave an interview in russian to SovSport.ru. The Tampa Bay Times have a google translated version on their website. Google is not quite perfect so it made for a very funny read. Our lovely translator, Extragalactic, will have a...
Raw Charge Aug 16, 2017
Raw Charge mail, first bag

Raw Charge mail, first bag

We discuss Stamkos in and out of the lineup, stats vs. points, and who should be on Stamkos’s other wing? The Raw Charge staff asked people to contribute questions for a mailbag, and we sure got some interesting ones. Many thanks for weighing in! @RMDomal asks: Can you explain why TBL scored almost the same amount of goals with Stamkos and without him? And doesn't the Drouin trade negate Stamkos return? Or was it all the defense? I'm a NYR supporter but TBL fascinates me. loserpoints: I’ll take these one at a time. The first answer is basically, “Nikita Kucherov.” He lit up the...
Raw Charge Aug 15, 2017
Why Lightning arena music sticks in your head

Why Lightning arena music sticks in your head

Raw Charge takes a look at one of the most key elements of a hockey game: the goal song. From the overwhelming light displays to the arena food and intermission entertainment, there are so many things that contribute to the NHL’s total hockey vibe. Each club and arena has their own unique sights, sounds, and traditions. Today, because it’s what I do, I’m going to discuss sound. Bolts fans can recognize some of the more popular arena sounds such as Steven Stamkos’ goal song U Can’t Touch This by MC Hammer, or AC/DC’s Thunderstruck that accompanies the opening cinematics, but some...
Raw Charge Aug 15, 2017
Quick Strikes: Looking back at Steven Stamkos’ 60 goal season

Quick Strikes: Looking back at Steven Stamkos’ 60 goal season

Tampa Bay’s all-time starting six, fishing, and #IsItSeptemberYet The Bolts 2011-2012 was not the best year for the Tampa Bay Lightning as a team, but it was the year Steven Stamkos scored 60(!) goals. “Stamkos would finish the year with 60 goals to win the Rocket Richard trophy becoming the 10th player since the 1992-93 season to score 60 goals in a season. He was also the first since Alex Ovechkin scored 65 in 2007-08. No player has hit the 60 goal plateau since Stamkos’ 2011-12 season.” [Raw Charge] Starling Sports shared their all-time Tampa Bay Lightning starting lineup. Two...
Raw Charge Aug 14, 2017
Bolt’s Past: Reviewing Stamkos’ 60 goal 2011-12 season

Bolt’s Past: Reviewing Stamkos’ 60 goal 2011-12 season

Stamkos set a franchise record and won a Rocket Richard in an otherwise awful season. The 2010-11 season was immensely successful for the Tampa Bay Lightning. It came out of nowhere when Guy Boucher’s 1-3-1 neutral zone trap and Steve Yzerman’s revamped roster took the league by storm. Martin St. Louis finished the year with 99 points and 2nd in the NHL in points. Steven Stamkos finished 5th in points with 91 and 2nd in goals with 45. The season was highlighted by the addition of Dwayne Roloson in January to solidify the net and take the Lightning all the way to game 7 of the Eastern...

Temper early expectations of Steven Stamkos in return from knee injury

He played in only 17 games last season due to the injury (and surgery) last November.

Kucherov’s agent: ‘Everything is good’ with Lightning after comments

Apparently the star forward patched things up with GM Steve Yzerman.
Raw Charge Aug 2, 2017
Top 5+1 One-and-Done Lightning: #4 Kurtis Foster

Top 5+1 One-and-Done Lightning: #4 Kurtis Foster

An offensive defenseman, he knew how to feed Stamkos for one-timers. One of our sister sites, Habs Eyes on the Prize, recently did a series of the top five one-and-done Canadiens players since 2000. Since it seemed like a fun idea, we decided to do the same over here at RawCharge. Except we’ll go all the way back to the start of the franchise. A little easier for us to do that than the Habs with their long and storied history. Special thanks to Andrew Zadarnowski of HEOTP for having the idea and allowing us to run with it. (Last year’s series about players who played for only one day is...
Raw Charge Aug 1, 2017
Quick Strikes: Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos should be ready for Training Camp

Quick Strikes: Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos should be ready for Training Camp

Nationally televised games, goalie equipment, and Bryan Bickell’s story The Bolts Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times asked Lightning GM Steve Yzerman how captain Steven Stamkos’ recovery from knee surgery last November has progressed: “GM Steve Yzerman has told me he expects Stamkos to be ready to go for camp and the start of next season.” [Tampa Bay Times] NBC has announced the games for their national broadcast dates for the Unites States. The Tampa Bay Lightning will be playing six times on national TV. “The Lightning are included in NBC’s exclusive Wednesday Night Rivalry...

Stamkos expected to be ready by Lightning training camp

His agent says there are no issues with recovery process.
The Hockey Writers Jul 29, 2017

How the Tampa Bay Lightning Are Changing Their City

When I told my uncle that I was going to be writing about the Tampa Bay Lightning online, he was ecstatic. Not as much about the writing part, but more so the Lightning. Even though I knew Tampa had a loaded team under GM Steve Yzerman, I was pretty confused. My uncle is a lifelong Bruins […]
Raw Charge Jul 29, 2017
Quick Strikes: Tampa Bay Lightning front office ranked among best in the NHL

Quick Strikes: Tampa Bay Lightning front office ranked among best in the NHL

Peter Bondra scored some goals, Vinny Lecavalier sent a tweet, and Happy Birthday Tyler Johnson!! The Bolts Dom Luszczyszyn of The Hockey News did a poll of all hockey fans, asking them to rate how well each NHL management group has done. The six categories were “roster building, cap management, drafting and developing, trading, free agency and their overall vision.” The Tampa Bay Lightning (and by extension GM Steve Yzerman) were ranked very high by fans. How high? Well I’ll tell you that the Bolts and the Toronto Maple Leafs were the only Atlantic Division teams in the top half....

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