Lightning Prospect Tracker: March 26
The Admirals continue their seven-game homestand with games on Wednesday and Friday of this week, already holding the longest winning streak in pro-hockey history. Additionally, by upping its record to 47-18-1-2 last weekend, Norfolk has set the record for most points ever (97) by an AHL team affiliated with the Lightning.
Norfolk’s 97 points are 11 more than the Eastern Conference’s second-place team, the St. John’s IceCaps, who will be the Admirals’ opponent in both of their games this week. Meanwhile, Norfolk’s division lead over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has grown to 12 points, while its lead over the Oklahoma City Barons for the AHL’s best record stands at six points.
Wednesday, March 28: St. John’s IceCaps at Norfolk Admirals
Friday, March 29: St. John’s IceCaps at Norfolk Admirals
Goals: Tyler Johnson (2)
Points: Ondrej Palat (3)
Plus/Minus: Jean-Philippe Cote (+4)
Penalty Minutes: Richard Panik (6)
Wins: Jaroslav Janus, Dustin Tokarski (1)
Goals-Against Average: Jaroslav Janus (1.01)
Save Percentage: Jaroslav Janus (.963)
Goals: Cory Conacher (34)
Assists: Mark Barberio (45)
Points: Cory Conacher (72)
Plus/Minus: Pierre-Cedric Labrie (+30)
Penalty Minutes: Radko Gudas (170)
Wins: Dustin Tokarski (28)
Goals-Against Average: Dustin Tokarski (2.36)
Save Percentage: Jaroslav Janus (.911)
Shutouts: Dustin Tokarski (4)
NotablesThis is the latest in the season that a Lightning AHL affiliate has ever had the most points in the league.
Jaroslav Janus’ win on Friday extended his Admirals franchise-record win streak to 11. He has a 1.57 goals-against average and .940 save percentage during his 11-game win streak.
Dustin Tokarski earned the win last Friday in his first start for Norfolk following his stint with the Lightning. Tokarski has now won nine straight for the Admirals.
Tokarski’s latest win was the 76th of his career with the Admirals, which broke a franchise record for career victories. Tokarski has 28 wins this year for Norfolk, which leads all AHL goaltenders.
Tyler Johnson is currently on an Admirals franchise-record nine-game goal-scoring streak. He leads Norfolk with 33 points (14g, 19a) during the 20-game win streak.
Cory Conacher leads the AHL with 34 goals and is second with 72 points.
Conacher (72 points) and Johnson (61) points are the two highest scoring rookies in the AHL.
Mark Barberio leads AHL defensemen with 45 assists and 56 points. His 56 points are more than any defenseman on a Lightning top minor-league affiliate has ever had.
Alex Killorn played his first two professional games this past weekend, after turning pro at the conclusion of his 2011-12 collegiate season with Harvard. Killorn scored his first professional goal in Saturday’s win over Albany.
The Admirals have scored at least 27 more goals than every other team in the AHL.
Eastern Conference Standings
1. Norfolk Admirals 97 pts (Tampa Bay Lightning)
2. St. John’s IceCaps 86 (Winnipeg Jets)
3. Connecticut Whale 77 pts (New York Rangers)
4. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 85 pts (Pittsburgh Penguins)
5. Hershey Bears 84 pts (Washington Capitals)
6. Bridgeport Sound Tigers 75 pts (New York Islanders)
7. Manchester Monarchs 73 pts (Los Angeles Kings)
8. Syracuse Crunch 71 pts (Anaheim Ducks)
9. Adirondack Phantoms 69 pts (Philadelphia Flyers)
10. Providence Bruins 69 pts (Boston Bruins)
11. Portland Pirates 68 pts (Phoenix Coyotes)
12. Springfield Falcons 68 pts (Columbus Blue Jackets)
13. Worcester Sharks 67 pts (San Jose Sharks)
14. Albany Devils 67 pts (New Jersey Devils)
15. Binghamton Senators 59 pts (Ottawa Senators)
Bolts Beyond the AHLVladislav Namestnikov and the London Knights have a 2-0 series lead over the Windsor Spitfires in the first round of the Ontario Hockey League playoffs. Namestnikov has a goal and an assist in the two games after finishing second on the Knights with 71 points (22g, 49a) this season.
With eight wins in their last nine games, the Florida Everblades have clinched a playoff spot and improved their record to 37-25-2-5, which is fifth best in the ECHL’s Eastern Conference.