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Monday Morning Faceoff: Top scorers on track, defensive lapses and trade targets

by Erik Erlendsson | @Erik_Erlendsson | Like us on Facebook
February 12, 2018

Welcome back to the Monday Morning Faceoff, our 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 as well as intermission host during radio broadcasts. We will also like 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 Siriux XM and Sportsnet radio personality Nick Alberga joins Erik and Greg to discuss the Lightning offensive punch, the third period defensive lapses

And make sure you catch Nick as he hosts Ice Cap and Off The Rush shows on Sirius XM, Hockey Central Saturday from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m on Sportsnet Radio as well as Fantasy Focus weekly on @TBLPowerPlay

Erik: Gents, it was a quick two-game return home for the Lightning before they head back out on the road, but they took care of business with victories over Vancouver and Los Angeles, albeit in some shaky showings in the third period. While picking up four out of four points during the return home, I think the biggest thing for Tampa Bay was getting their big guns firing again as both Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos scored in each game. Kucherov hadn’t scored in a month before getting on the board again on Thursday while Stamkos had just two goals in a 15-game stretch. With the production Tampa Bay is getting out of Yanni Gourde and Alex Killorn at the moment, getting Stamkos/Kucherov back on track was a key during those two games.

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