Dec 29, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18) passes the puck as New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) defends during the second period at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Back of the Net – December 30th

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen! Welcome to today’s edition of Back of the Net where we take you through all the latest and greatest news and updates from in and around the Bolts Nation, and the world of hockey.

The Tampa Bay Lightning is coming off of a pretty disappointing loss against the New York Rangers. Thankfully, the Bolts have a day to rest before heading out on the road to the Great, White North to face off with the Vancouver Canucks.

While we anxiously await the next game day, let us take a look at what else is going on in the National Hockey League right now.

Lightning Girls Calendar (Tampa Bay Lightning)

Marc Staal says he’s ready to play (ESPN)

Marc Staal to return to Rangers on Tuesday (FanSided)

What Is The Meaning Of The Thrown Jersey? (Oil on Whyte)

Darling named CCM/AHL Player of the Week (

Philadelphia Flyers: World Juniors Update (Broad Street Buzz)

Blues so desperate to fix power play, so why not ask The Great One? (Fox Sports)

Complete Projection for Team USA’s 2014 Olympic Hockey Roster (Bleacher Report)

Canucks’ Alberts Day-to-Day After Head Hit from Flames’ McGrattan (The Canuck Way)

Calgary Flames Acquire Kevin Westgarth From Carolina Hurricanes (Flame for Thought)


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