Monday Morning Faceoff: Chicken Little running scared, best lineup and heading to Sin City
- Category: Commentary
- Written by Erik Erlendsson
Welcome again to the Monday Morning Faceoff a weekly debate here on LightningInsider.com.
This weekly feature brings together Erik Erlendsson, creator of LightningInsider.com, and Greg Linnelli, who hosts Lightning Power Play Live weekdays from 6-7 p.m. or one hour prior to puck drop on game days on TBLPowerplay.com (which simulcasts on 970-AM in Tampa for the final 30 minutes) as well as intermission host during radio broadcasts. We will also look to bring in special guests on a regular basis to debate topical items surrounding the Tampa Bay Lightning and around the NHL as we exchange our thoughts in a back-and-forth exchange that will appear every Monday morning.
This week Erik and Greg discuss the four-game homestand, whether the Lightning are best suited with six or seven defensemen in the lineup and what to look for on the upcoming road trip.
Erik: What a difference a week can make. It wasn’t that long ago that Chicken Little was running around pointing to the ceiling inside Amalie Arena acting as if the roof was collapsing around the team. A couple of Nikita Kucherov goals, a three-point night from Steven Stamkos and a four-game homestand sweep later and all seems right in the Lightning world. OK, so that’s a little over the top sarcasm going on, but that’s what happens when you are battling the sinus issue I’ve dealt with since Tuesday 😊
In all seriousness, Tampa Bay looked a lot like Tampa Bay during the homestand, forechecking with a speed game. Still some issues in their own zone from time to time, but for the most part, the Lightning seem to have located their missing game.