The Tampa Bay Lightning are a team in transition, trying to balance their skill while developing a grinding mentality to be harder to play against.
Brian Engblom, an analyst for Lightning broadcasts on Fox Sports Sun, joined Dan Rosen and Shawn Roarke on the latest episode of the NHL @TheRink podcast to discuss the Lightning and the reasons why they've had an inconsistent start to the season.
"They're trying to walk that line between, 'OK, we know who we are, but we also have to learn to grind a lot better,'" Engblom said. "'When we have a goal or two lead, we've got to be shutting other teams down.' And, yeah, that's going to sacrifice some of the pretty plays, but that also have to become more ingrained than it was last year. They're not there yet."
Rosen and Roarke were also joined by NHL.com columnist Nick Cotsonika for a roundtable discussion that featured their thoughts on Vancouver Canucks rookie defenseman Quinn Hughes, why the New Jersey Devils have assistant general manager Tom Fitzgerald as an assistant coach, the Vegas Golden Knights reaching 100 wins in team history, the impact Brian Boyle can have on the Florida Panthers and surprises in the NHL so far.
Rosen, NHL.com senior writer, and Roarke, NHL.com senior director of editorial, also talked about the red-hot start to the season for Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson, analyzed why the Arizona Coyotes are playing well and debated the reasons why the St. Louis Blues have been hot and cold.
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Listen: New episode of NHL @The Rink