The Tampa Bay Lightning, in first place in the NHL, will be looking for their league-leading 22nd road win Saturday night when they visit the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.
The Lightning (41-17-3) picked up their 21st road win of the season Thursday with a 4-3 win in Ottawa against the Senators, and will be out to match their franchise record for road wins against the Canadiens.
The Lightning had a franchise-record 22 road wins in 2003-04 and 2006-07.
Sources have described the confrontation as “heated,” noting the need for others in the practice gym to get between them during the argument. Noah left the team following the confrontation. The team initially said he exited for personal reasons and later said they mutually agreed that the veteran center would not return to the team until further notice.
Asked Tuesday if his run-in with Noah in late January would prevent the 33-year-old from returning to the team, Hornacek said, “No.”
The post-Super Bowl spot is typically a rub television networks give to their most promising programs. It’s been used to showcase stellar series like The Simpsons, The X-Files, and The Office in the past in an attempt to leech viewers from the most-watched broadcast of the year.
On Sunday, that honor will go to NBC drama This Is Us, which stars teen pop sensation Mandy Moore and former Saved by the Bell: The New Class guest star Milo Ventimiglia. The show has emerged as a hit with both critics and audiences, standing above the rest of a crop of unmemorable offerings that have failed to recapture the “Must See TV” mantel of NBC’s past. In two seasons, it’s been nominated for 10 Emmys and six Golden Globes. Sterling K. Brown has one of each award for best actor in a TV drama for his show-stealing performance as Randall.
Just weeks ago, the show also won a Screen Actors Guild award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series.