You have to feel good for D Slater Koekkoek, whose patience was rewarded with a career night Thursday against the Penguins. Koekkoek, entering a make-or-break season, scored his first two career goals, which should bolster his confidence as he fights for playing time on a deep blue line.
Alex Killorn is quietly having an impressive start the season. Killorn’s career-high four assists Thursday were the product of strong play on both ends. If the Lightning can get Killorn going, it will be a huge boost to the top-nine.
Mikhail Sergachev played under 10 minutes Thursday, his lowest total of the season. It’s just a reminder that Sergachev, while immensely skilled, is still a 19-year-old rookie trying to find his way into the NHL. These two games against Washington and Pittsburgh had to be a huge learning experience for him.