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Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (47) / 8/23/1967
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Tampa Bay has gone cold on the power play and it's been a factor in the club's recent 2-3-1 slide.
The Lightning have gone 2-for-18 on the man advantage during that span. "We have to find a way to be better," captain Steven Stamkos said. "There have been times the past couple of games where it has been key times and we haven't been able to score, and we'll take responsibility for that." The Bolts presently own the ninth-best power play in the league. Dec 15 - 9:29 AM

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Lightning head coach Jon Cooper is happy with the way his roster has come together this season.

Tampa Bay has a good mix of veterans and youngsters that have blended very well so far this season. "We were hoping that this would happen,’’ Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "You have a young nucleus who, along with myself, we all came up together, (and) the core group of guys that are left (from before Cooper’s arrival). Then you do your due diligence and bring in the pieces to the puzzle, and you hope the pieces fit.’’ The Lightning have the best record in the NHL at 18-7-3.
Dec 7 - 11:12 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning have featured a balanced scoring attack 22 games into the 2014-15 season.

"We know that if one line is not going, another line can pick that line up offensively," said coach Jon Cooper. "But ultimately, in the end, when you start to get into January, February and March, who can play D? And that’s what we are looking at with our lines." Tampa Bay has eight players with at least five goals: Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, Ryan Callahan, Tyler Johnson, Brian Boyle, Ondrej Palat, Alex Killorn and Cedric Paquette. The team also has two players with over 20 points.
Nov 25 - 9:49 AM

Jon Cooper praised his team's defensive play in their 2-1 win over Minnesota.

"Defense wins,’’ Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said. "Even though we have scored a lot of goals this season, you can’t depend on that. We’ve scored two goals in each of the past three games, and you are hoping that if your defense stands up and your goaltending stands up (that’s enough), and we got that tonight.’’
Nov 23 - 10:18 AM

Despite being blown out 7-2 to the Minnesota Wild on Saturday, Lightning head coach Jon Cooper isn't worried about his goaltending situation.

"For eight games, our goaltending has been outstanding,’’ Cooper said. "Would our guys say they could have liked to have a better game, maybe. But if you are not going to be at your best, do it all in the same game. I’m not worried about (the goaltending) at all.’’
Oct 26 - 11:43 AM

With his sophomore season as head coach underway, Jon Cooper isn't wasting time implementing systems. Rather he's focused on building on last year's success.

"It’s emphasizing our habits, implementing tweaks to our system that we didn’t have last year, introducing a few new things. But it all has to be around the foundation of what we built last year," Coop said. "All we are doing is raising the standard."
Sep 20 - 12:30 AM

Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman said the Lightning had been using advanced stats for a couple years before he arrived in 2010.

Statistical analyst, Michael Peterson, has been with the team for four seasons. His duties include: providing analytical and statistical evaluation for hockey operations, contract valuation, as well as giving recommendations for the draft, free agency and trades. "The whole advanced stats industry in the NHL is still relatively in the infant stages," Yzerman said. "We're all trying to figure out what is relevant and what is not relevant. We're all looking at different ways of making better decisions in trying to figure out what are those, and come up with ideas of our own."
Aug 7 - 10:50 AM

Lightning coach Jon Cooper attempted to temper expectations after the club made some improvements to their roster during the off-season.

"We probably made more moves than people thought we would make. But we needed to address some issues at certain positions," Cooper said. "A lot of our season may have been masked by some outstanding goaltending by Ben Bishop, but the playoffs was a bit of a wake-up call for us." The Bolts definitely look better on paper, especially on the back end, but Cooper is right to be guarded. "All of a sudden you tweak your lineup a little bit and people are expecting the world out of your team," he added. "It's funny how that works. Because it was just 12 months ago we were looked at as a bottom-feeder in the League. Now I want to see how much we've grown from our playoff experience and through this summer. I'm really excited to see if this team can take another step."
Source: NHL.com
Aug 4 - 3:14 PM

Jay Feaster has been hired as the executive director of community hockey development for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

He was the general manager of Tampa Bay when the team won the Stanley Cup in 2004. An official announcement from the club is expected to come on Monday.
Jul 3 - 11:33 AM

Tampa Bay has a scheduling conflict on one of their home dates.

Their contest against Montreal on April 7 is the same date that an NCAA Women's Basketball championship game is slated to take place. "We are aware of the scheduling conflict for the April 7 date and we are working with all involved parties on a proper resolution," Lightning spokesman Bill Wickett said. The NHL hasn't responded to the issue yet, according to the Tampa Tribune.
Jun 23 - 8:33 AM

Jon Cooper is humbled to be listed alongside Mike Babcock and Patrick Roy as a finalist for the Jack Adams Award.

"My name is being thrown around with Patrick Roy. He's still a Hall of Fame goaltender in this league. And Mike Babcock … is probably eventually going to be a Hall of Fame coach in the league," Cooper said. "So it's one of those, 'Which name is not like the other?' That's kind of what I am." Cooper got nominated because his Tampa Bay Lightning managed to make the playoffs despite losing Steve Stamkos for most of the year and then watching Martin St. Louis be traded once Stamkos was finally healthy.
Jun 22 - 11:09 AM

Tampa Bay will receive the first-round pick of the New York Rangers in this June's draft.

The Lightning received a conditional second-round selection in the Martin St. Louis-Ryan Callahan swap. The Rangers made it to the Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday, with a win in Game 7 versus Pittsburgh, so that pick becomes a first rounder now.
May 14 - 7:03 AM

Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper has been nominated for the Jack Adams Award.

Cooper and the Lightning had to overcome quite a bit this season. They lost Steven Stamkos early on and around the same time he was finally able to return, captain Martin St. Louis demanded a trade. All the same, Cooper finished second in the Atlantic Division with a 46-27-9 record.
Source: NHL.com
May 6 - 12:35 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning want to get bigger and stronger in the off-season.

"We play hard, but sometimes we're not as hard to play against as we need to be," coach Jon Cooper said. "We had a little more flash and dash in our game than grind-it-out. We'll see if we can get a little bigger and stronger as a team and still keep our core guys together." Cooper said it would be "inexcusable" if the Lightning didn't make the playoffs next season and his young group has to continue to improve.
Apr 25 - 7:32 AM

Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper gave a positive assessment of his team despite the fact that they're down 3-0 in their first round series against Montreal.

"Just look at Game 3, we played in an extremely hostile, tough environment and I thought we played our best game. The guys are learning, the guys are finding out what playoff hockey is all about and we're getting better. The problem is now we're running out of time so getting better is just not good enough anymore. Now we have to be great," Cooper said. The odds of the Lightning coming back from a 3-0 deficit is minimal, but they still might be able to make Montreal sweat before finally being eliminated.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 22 - 4:38 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Steve Stamkos
2Valtteri Filppula
3Tyler Johnson
4Brian Boyle
5Vladislav Namestnikov
6Cedric Paquette
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Jonathan Drouin
3Brenden Morrow
4Alex Killorn
RW1Ryan Callahan
2Nikita Kucherov
3J.T. Brown
4Brett Connolly
D1Victor Hedman
2Jason Garrison
3Matt Carle
4Anton Stralman
5Radko Gudas
6Mark Barberio
7Andrej Sustr
G1Ben Bishop
2Evgeni Nabokov
3Andrei Vasilevskiy