For the final time this season we bring you Keys to the Game. Tonight's game is a 7:00 p.m. start from Winnipeg on CW44.
| ||KEY 1: MAKE HISTORY |
If Steven Stamkos gets the chances he got in Toronto the other night, he's sure to get goal no. 60. If his mates force things to him like in Montreal, it might be a struggle. But what a way to go into the off-season for Steven, the organization and fans alike if he gets it.
| ||KEY 2: +.500 WITH A WIN |
Coming out with a victory in game 82 would ensure a winning record for the season (so would an overtime loss but that's not a worthy goal).
| ||KEY 3: KEEP SOME STRUCTURE |
This is a tough game for pro athletes who, night after night, compete as hard as they can in pursuit of something...a playoff spot, title, etc. Nothing like that is on the line tonight. The Bolts take the ice knowing some of them won't be back, others are just getting started - thoughts that otherwise would never enter their minds. Keeping their focus on the team structure will be difficult, but necessary, if they are to win.
Enjoy the game (and the offseason) everyone, and Go Stammer!
A veteran of broadcasting professional hockey for the past 33 seasons, Rick Peckham is in his 16th season as the play-by-play announcer for the Tampa Bay Lightning and Sun Sports.