Ramblings: Lightning/Avalanche Game 3; Canucks Sign Kuzmenko; Scoring Chances for Jarvis, Terry, Mercer, and Colton – June 21

Michael Clifford

2022-06-21

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It wasn't quite the inverse of Game 2, but Tampa Bay roared back in Game 3. Gabriel Landeskog scored a pair of goals, both on the power play, for Colorado, but the Lightning seemed to score at will early on in the game. Goals from Anthony Cirelli, Ondrej Palat, Nick Paul, Steven Stamkos, and Patrick Maroon through the first half of the game chased Avalanche goalie Darcy Kuemper from the net. His replacement in Pavel Françouz gave up a power-play goal to Corey Perry only a few minutes after entering the game, and a 6-2 lead would be more than enough for Tampa Bay to hang on in Game 3, bringing the series to 2-1 for Colorado by that score.

Nikita Kucherov left the game late in the third period and did not return. With Brayden Point also missing this game, the injury concerns are starting to pile up for the Lightning.

Colorado now has a decision to make in net. Kuemper has been one of the few letdowns in the postseason for the team and they probably don't want to see a repeat of this game on Wednesday night. Being able to take a 3-1 series lead back home might change how they approach their goalie situation.

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The Canucks signed undrafted free agent Andrei Kuzmenko. Dobber gave us his take on the signing here. I have no take on this signing, given I’ve never heard of him until now. Regardless of my thoughts, it’s a good low-risk signing that bubble teams like Vancouver need to take.

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In last week's Ramblings, we discussed a handful of players and their scoring chance contributions. This is an attempt to look at the fantasy season some players just had, whether it was a mirage or not by going through some scoring chance data, some other red flags that we should be aware of, and what it could mean for next season. Scoring chance contributions (SCC) are just scoring chances taken,