The NHL offseason means a lot of things to a lot of people. For some of the teams it means unveiling a new look to the team and what they’re going to be wearing and looking like next season. We’ve heard about the Florida Panthers bringing back the color red to their look reaching back to their roots when they actually made the playoffs. The Tampa Bay Lightning are going with a more simplistic look and using blue as their primary color.
The Nashville Predators are now a part of the fun as they’ll be slightly altering their look and bringing back a color that went away when the NHL adopted the Reebok “Edge” style uniforms. That’s right, yellow is back and just as obvious as ever and they’re making themselves a bit more Nashville related as well.
At the NHL Awards in Las Vegas, the team revealed their new look which brings back the color yellow in a big way in the main sabre-toothed tiger logo as well as in a secondary logo that pays homage to Tennessee using an image from the state flag as well as taking the shape of a guitar pick. We’re betting that graphic designers will be enjoying the double symbolism as well as the fans in Nashville.
With the re-introduction of yellow into the mix, the rumor is that the team will be bringing back a yellow jersey. In case you’d blocked it from your memory, the Predators used to have a mustard yellow third jersey with a more cartoon-like predator on the front. The jersey was widely panned as one of the ugliest ones in NHL history and most of that ire was directed towards the color.
The Predators will be not bringing back a third jersey next season and their home and road jerseys will be brand new for next year. The prevailing rumors for the new jerseys say that yellow will be making a big comeback on the jerseys and hockey logo and uniform site Icethetics had some of the rumored details of what was next for the Preds next year.
The biggest rumor among those was that the home jerseys would be yellow and that the new ones will be debuted at the NHL Draft this weekend. With the Predators being without a first round pick this year, how they opt to break those out should be fascinating. If the Predators are looking for a blogger to help show off the new duds at the draft, we’d be happy to help out.
The trend of teams going back to what gave them their start is one that’s pretty amazing to see given that the color blue, light blue in particular, was becoming the go-to thing for teams in their third jersey designs (Florida, really?). Bringing things back to their roots is something some teams and franchises looking to get things off to a roaring start could learn from.
Who would have thought that the Tampa Bay Lightning would rally back from a 4-1 deficit tonight? Then again, who expected them to be so close to a playoff spot mere weeks ago, when they were sellers at the trade deadline?
The Lightning continue to show that they won’t just roll over and die, scoring four unanswered goals to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 in overtime on Monday.
While Jonathan Drouin was a catalyst for the second-period rally, it was an unlikely scorer who clinched the victory, as Yanni Gourde ended a thrilling run of 3-on-3 chances with the overtime-winner.
Really, it might have been fitting. Things looked glum when Tomas Jurco scored his first goal of the season against the Lightning, then the mood was totally flipped when Gourde’s second tally of 2016-17 grabbed a huge win.
With the Islanders losing to the Predators, the Hurricanes only managing a “loser point” against the Red Wings and the Bruins idle, Tampa Bay is a breath away from a playoff berth:
Final wild card: Bruins – 84 points in 75 games played
Lightning – 83 points in 75 GP
Islanders – 82 points in 75 GP
Hurricanes – 80 points in 74 GP
Yes, all of a sudden, a long-shot postseason run seems quite attainable.
Maybe the Lightning would prefer it if we kept counting them out, though?
The Carolina Hurricanes fell short of a win on Monday, but their thoughts likely revolve around the health of goalie Eddie Lack instead.
Lack was taken off the ice on a stretcher after a collision during Andreas Athanasiou‘s game-winning goal in overtime. Officials reviewed that the goal counted, giving the Red Wings a 4-3 overtime victory against Carolina.
While it’s been a tough overall season for Hurricanes goalie, Lack has been an integral part of Carolina’s push for a postseason spot. PHT will keep an eye out for updates regarding his condition after this scary collision.
The Red Wings stayed on the ice as Lack was taken off, a nice gesture after an unfortunate accident.
Just when you think it’s time to count the Tampa Bay Lightning out, they rally back.
It’s been happening overall in 2016-17, and that pattern carried over into Monday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Lightning decided to put Andrei Vasilevskiy back in the net in the second period after he gave up three goals on eight shots in the opening frame … and at first, that looked like a mistake that would do them in. Chicago went up 4-1 and things looked dire.
But, again, the Bolts followed the script when it comes to flipping the script, with Jonathan Drouin triggering a resounding rally in the second.
Droun’s first goal came 11:45 into the second period, followed about a minute later by an Anton Stralman tally. Less than four minutes later, Drouin hit the 20-goal mark with the 4-4 marker on the power play.
First, check out Drouin’s first goal, which began the rally:
Next, witness the 4-4 goal, also by Drouin:
And … just like that, the Lightning tied things up. Wow.
Apparently Drouin created more offense than just his two goals, too:
Impressive. Remember when he seemed like he was out the door last season? Now that feels like another reminder not to give up on this group, no matter how ugly things look at times.
Video will be added when available.
By just about any measure, Monday’s been lousy to Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy.
He was pulled with a few minutes remaining in the first period after Chicago Blackhawks built a 3-1 lead, scoring those three goals on just eight shots on net.
You could summarize Vasilevskiy’s awful start by those numbers, or by how rare the 3-1 goal was for the scorer.
Tomas Jurco failed to score a goal or an assist in 16 games with the Red Wings, then went pointless in nine more games with Chicago before finally scoring his first goal of the season on Monday.
Now, Jon Cooper didn’t pull Vasilevskiy because Jurco scored that tally. Still, it rubs a little extra salt in his wounds all things considered.
Here’s the Jurco goal:
Patrick Kane‘s 2-1 goal might have hurt the most, actually, as it quickly dissolved a tying tally by Ondrej Palat:
Update: The Lightning decided to put Vasilevskiy back in net to begin the second period. Interesting.