Pittsburgh’s 4-2 victory over Tampa Bay in tonight’s Kraft Hockeyville game obviously won’t count towards the standings, but Lightning captain Steven Stamkos was still concerned by what he felt was his team’s sloppy play.
“I know it’s only preseason, but we have two games left to get things going, so that’s alarming,” Stamkos said, per the Tampa Bay Times’ Joe Smith.
It might be more than just the Lightning’s play that’s in danger of carrying into the regular season. Defenseman Victor Hedman suffered an undisclosed injury that caused him to leave the game in the second period.
The Lightning are describing Hedman’s injury as minor, although he will need to be evaluated on Wednesday. With the Lightning’s season opener just a little over a week away, the status of players dealing with day-to-day ailments is increasing in importance.
Lightning fans looking for a silver lining though can turn their attention to Jonathan Drouin. He found the back of the net tonight and Lightning coach Jon Cooper has noticed that the 20-year-old forward is playing with more confidence.