Saturday, September 22, 2018
  • Lightning Strikes

Jones: The NHL All-Stars most likely to …

Columnist Tom Jones offers up his Two Cents to get you ready for All-Star Weekend.

Player most likely to get suspended during the skills competition

The Bruins' Brad Marchand, of course. This guy is liable to knee someone during fastest skater because that's just what he does. In fact, Marchand right now is the midst of a five-game suspension for elbowing Devils forward Marcus Johansson in the head. Shouldn't that suspension include the All-Star Game? Good news for Lightning fans is Marchand is on the same team as the Lightning players so they're are safe this weekend. We think.

Player most likely to get his beard caught on the goal post

Although let's hope he doesn't because San Jose's Brent Burns has the coolest beard since those ZZ Top dudes.

Best dressed player

Can the Rangers just go ahead and win the Stanley Cup already so goalie Henrik Lundqvist can retire and begin his career wearing suits on the cover of GQ? Like every month?

RELATED: NHL All-Star Game schedule of events

Player who should get biggest cheer (other than the Lightning guys)

Nashville defenseman P.K. Subban. If you have a problem with Subban, I have a problem with you.

Team that Lightning fans will boo loudest

The Metropolitan. This team has Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and Claude Giroux. Are there three opposing players from three opposing teams that Lightning fans hate more?

We remember you

All-Stars with Lightning ties include forward Brian Boyle, now with the Devils; goalie Mike Smith, now of the Flames, and Pacific coach Gerard Gallant, who coaches the surprising Golden Knights and was a member of the Lightning during its second and third seasons in the NHL.

RELATED: Tampa Bay needs a playoff push. Save us, Lightning

All-Star who feels the worst

Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman. For likely the only time in his career, his city is hosting the NHL All-Star Game and he is unable to play in it because of injury.

All-Star who feels the best

Kings goalie Jonathan Quick gets credit for being an all-star, but he's out with a minor injury, meaning he doesn't have to fly across the country and get lit up by the best players in the world in a 3-on-3 game where no one plays defense.