Lightning Show Good Reasons Not to have Third Jersey

Well the general consensus is that “they’re not bad…” but my thought is if you have something on the front of your jersey that A) has never been your logo, B) is not some variation of your logo, C) involves no colors that make up any of your team colors, or D) does not involve any of the words that make up your actual team name, throw it out.

The Lightning’s third jersey, dawned on Sunday, may get a bad reputation quickly.  The jersey, which simply say “BOLTS” diagonally down the front, was crushed by New Jersey’s same old jersey’s they’ve worn since 1992.

I shouldn’t say the Devils crushed the Lightning, Devils’ Dainius Zubrus crushed the Lightning, as he scored four goals in one game, tying the team record last seen by Patrik Elias on March 30, 2003 against the New York Islanders.

Zubrus and Brian Gionta now find themselves tied for third position in the Goal leaders of the team.

One of the nicest aspects of this game, and the past few wins by the Devils, is the fact that goals are coming from different sticks.  Look at the goal scorers from the Devils last four wins:

  • David Clarkson (2)
  • Patrik Elias (3)
  • Brian Gionta (4)
  • Jamie Langenbrunner
  • Paul Martin (2)
  • Zach Parise
  • Michael Rupp
  • Bryce Salvador
  • Travis Zajac
  • Dainius Zubrus (4)

If you are thinking that’s a lot, you’re correct.  That’s 20 goals in the past 4 games, an average of 5 goals per game.  And they are from all over the roster.  The Devils now have a total of 61 goals this season 20 games in, which puts them on a pace of scoring 250 goals this season.

The last two seasons they had more goals than that was 1999-2000 (251) and 2000-2001 (295).

The important thing to note here is this: they win when they score.  With 4 or more goals, the Devils have a record of 7-0-1.  That is, they have gotten 15 out of a possible 16 points.

Not for nothing, but this defensive style team seems to work well when they score, and their history also shows this as being the case.

Now for the net minder debate:

I have held an opinion on this and I believe that my opinion differs than many around here.  I know people are seeing Kevin Weekes as being shaky when he plays.  Sure he is!  He is on pace of being replaced as the number one goalie for the third time, maybe fourth in his career!  Of course he’s nervous.  But if you give him a shot, like we are giving Scott Clemmensen, you will notice that on the level of skill they are pretty equal.

Now the question does arise, does Weekes let goals against him get to him more than Clemmensen?  That may be true.  Right now, Scott Clemmensen has a record of 3-2-0 and Kevin Weekes has a record of 2-3-0.  I personally think that it’s too soon to call one better than the other – I need some more games under each net minders belts to figure that one out.

Some other notes:

“Chico” stated recently that he expects Rolston, Holik, and Greene all to return in 2 to 3 weeks.  Although nothing official has come out, this seems to be a realistic timeline.  Rolston was on pace to come back sooner, but he has cut his skating down slightly as he believes he was moving faster than his injury was healing.

John Madden is still out with a sore left foot.  Although he is not officially injured, he is “day to day” and isn’t expected to be out long term.  Although he did not make the trip down to Florida, there is nothing to say he may not join the team to play against the Panthers on Wednesday.

Mike Mottau will finish up his two game suspension on Wednesday and return to the team on Saturday against the Penguins.

Barry Tallackson has filled the void of John Madden while Jay Leach has filled the void of Mike Mottau.

The Devils have four more games left in this away stretch, which ends Saturday, December 6 against the Montreal Canadians.

The last time the Devils won four games in a row was last season, February 16 through the 24 when they won five games in a row.  Prior to that was also last season, November 17 through December 7 when they won eight games in a row.

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