Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Tampa Bay Lightning

Joe Smith's takeaways from Friday's Lightning-Panthers game

It was surprising that D Jake Dotchin was a healthy scratch for the season opener. Though Dotchin was held out of all but one preseason game due to a violation of a team rule, you wonder if his sitting Friday had more to do with the possibility that the Lightning is shopping a defenseman (such as Andrej Sustr).

Though C Steven Stamkos is still shaking off some rust, RW Ryan Callahan looked like his old self. Callahan, 32, is playing the physical style that he needs to play to be successful but that he couldn't play last season due to hip surgery. Callahan will be a huge boost to the penalty kill.

The Yanni Gourde-Brayden Point-Ondrej Palat line was the Lightning's best, scoring Tampa Bay's first two goals. Having Point as the third-line center makes the lineup deeper and might help provide secondary scoring the team has often lacked. Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov can't do it all.

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