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Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (50) / 8/23/1967
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Of course, that doesn't mean a lot right now, but it's fun to think about. It's not hard to see why the Lightning would top the list with talent like Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov leading their squad. The reigning champion Washington Capitals were given 14/1 odds of defending their title while Vegas received 10/1 odds after falling short this time around. The Ottawa Senators were given the worst odds at 100/1 with Vancouver and Arizona rounding out the bottom three at 80/1. Jun 8 - 12:04 PM

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have announced that associate coach Rick Bowness and assistant coach Brad Lauer will not be returning next season.

Bowness was let go by the Bolts, while Lauer and the team mutually agreed to part ways. "Jon Cooper and I, along with the entire organization, would like to thank Rick and Brad for their service to the Lightning," GM Steve Yzerman said. "Rick has served a significant role on our coaching staff since 2013, while Brad has been a part of two teams that reached the Eastern Conference Final. We appreciate all their knowledge and effort." Bowness had been taking care of the defense and penalty kill since 2013. Lauer had been with the team since 2015.
Source: NHL.com
May 31 - 7:32 PM

Lightning coach Jon Cooper felt the Tampa Bay Lightning were strong in the first two periods of Game 7, even if they weren't rewarded for it.

"If you were going to tell me after watching the two periods that we would be the team down 3-0, I would have said no way," Cooper said. "But we were, and that was tough, and I know from personal experience to get this far you need breaks to go your way. And I just felt we pressed and pressed and pressed, and they got the breaks they needed, and we didn't." Washington ultimately won the game 4-0, making it the Capitals' second straight shutout. With that, they advanced to the Stanley Cup Final while Tampa Bay has been eliminated. It has to be a very frustrating way for the Lightning to finish their season, especially given all the offensive talent they have. The silver lining is that they have a real shot to bounce right back next season.
May 24 - 10:13 AM

The Eastern Conference Final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals will begin on Friday night.

The first two games of the series will be played in Tampa Bay on Friday and Sunday nights at 8:00 p.m. ET. Games 3 and 4 will be played in Washington on Tuesday and Thursday, while the fifth and seventh games (if necessary) will be played in Tampa on Saturday May 19 and Wednesday May 23. Game 6 in Washington would be played Monday May 21.
Source: NHL.com
May 8 - 8:56 PM

Tampa Bay's penalty kill was great in Round 1 of the playoffs against New Jersey.

The Lightning killed off 16 of 19 New Jersey power plays, including the last 15. The Devils scored twice 5-on-3 advantages in the series. Tampa Bay ranked 28th on the penalty kill during the regular season. "All the matters is killing the next penalty," Lightning associate coach Rick Bowness said. "Doesn't matter what's gone on. Doesn't matter where you finished the regular season. Right now, all that matters is killing that first penalty (of the next game)."
Apr 24 - 10:13 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning locked up first place in the Eastern Conference after Boston's loss to Florida on Sunday.

Boston could have clinched the East in their final game of the regular season on Sunday, but could not get the job done against Florida. The Bolts will now face the wildcard New Jersey Devils in Round 1, while Boston draws the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Atlantic's 2 vs. 3 matchup.
Apr 8 - 10:12 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning will likely have head coach Jon Cooper back after missing the last few days to undergo a minor medical procedure.

In his absence, associate head coach Rick Bowness ran practice on both Wednesday and Friday. Cooper will be back in time for Tampa's huge game against the Boston Bruins tonight. The Lightning are currently four points up on Boston for the top spot in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference.
Mar 17 - 1:19 PM

Tampa Bay's penalty kill has not been good this season.

The team has given up at least one power-play goal in 10 of the last 12 games. The Ottawa Senators went 2-for-2 on the man advantage in Tuesday's 7-4 win over Tampa Bay. The Lightning currently rank 26th in the NHL on the penalty kill. They have surrendered 53 power-play goals against, which is just two less than league-leaders Montreal. It's definitely something the team will have to figure out before the playoffs begin.
Mar 14 - 11:42 AM

Tampa Bay is going through its first real slump of the season.

The Lightning have now lost three straight games and five of their last seven games. They still have a 31-12-3 record, but the slump is nevertheless the source of some concern. "We’re just out of synch, it’s unreal," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "The guys didn’t forget how to play hockey in the last week and a half. We’re just out of synch. One guy zigs, the other guy zags. It’s crazy that in the last week and a half, we kind of lost our swag." It can't help that Victor Hedman is now on the sidelines, though the Lightning's decline started before his injury. At the end of the day though, a little bit of adversity now might be good for the Lightning in the long run as they look to address any underlining issues before the playoffs.
Jan 21 - 9:55 AM

After losing for the second time in three games, Lightning head coach Jon Cooper admitted that his team needs to show more urgency going forward.

The Bolts dropped a 3-1 decision to the Washington Capitals on Friday evening. "I think we think we’re a little bit better than we are," Cooper said. "There’s a reason why we have the record we have, because we’ve worked to get there. And I just don’t know if we’re putting the same kind of effort, that urgency, determination that got us off to the start that we did."
Sat, Nov 25, 2017 11:01:00 AM

Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper has stated he is thrilled with his team's start to the season.

"The first eight or nine games, our goalie was the reason we were winning those games," Cooper said. "Now we’re winning the games as a team, and you got to like that." The trio of Kucherov, Stamkos and Namestnikov combined with the heroics of Vasilevskiy in goal have helped turn the Lightning into somewhat of a unstoppable force. They are the early season favorites to represent the Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup Final.
Sun, Nov 19, 2017 10:34:00 AM

Tampa Bay leads the league with 20 power-play goals going into Wednesday night's action.

The Lightning have a goal on the man advantage in 15 of 18 games this season. The team ranks second in the league with a 28.6 power-play percentage. Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov sit first and second in the NHL in power-play points with 14 and 12, respectively.
Wed, Nov 15, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Lightning head coach Jon Copper has been impressed by his team's 6-1-0 start to the season.

"The start, for me, means a little more just in who we've played," Cooper said. "I know it's early, but we took a couple of monkeys off our back. Because we didn't beat Pittsburgh last year, we didn't beat Columbus last year, and we barely ever beat St. Louis. Coming off a season where we missed the playoffs by one point — you never know where we lost that point — it's good to point munch to start the season."
Sat, Oct 21, 2017 11:20:00 AM

Ken Klee has joined AHL Syracuse as an assistant coach.

Syracuse is affiliated with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Klee had been the coach of the U.S. Women's National Team and had led them to world championships in 2015 and 2016. The former defenseman also logged 934 games in the NHL as a player. "We are very excited to add Ken to our coaching staff," Syracuse GM Julien BriseBois said. "His vast experience as a long-time National Hockey League defenseman, his recent experience as a head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team and his strong leadership skills will make him an important contributor to the success of our Syracuse Crunch team."
Tue, Jul 18, 2017 07:57:00 PM

The Lightning will be looking to add at least one defenseman through trade or free agency.

One trade target may be Wild rearguard Marco Scandella, who is apparently being shopped and has drawn interest from a number of teams including Tampa. On the unrestricted free agent front, the Bolts might take a look at Cody Franson, Brian Campbell and Karl Alzner. After losing Jason Garrison in Wednesday's expansion draft, the Lightning will likely step up their efforts to solidify their blueline in the next week or so.
Sun, Jun 25, 2017 09:18:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Steven Stamkos
2Brayden Point
3Tyler Johnson
4Cedric Paquette
5Anthony Cirelli
6Gabriel Dumont
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Yanni Gourde
3Alex Killorn
4Chris Kunitz
5Andy Andreoff
RW1Nikita Kucherov
2J.T. Miller
3Ryan Callahan
4Cory Conacher
5Adam Erne
D1Victor Hedman
2Ryan McDonagh
3Mikhail Sergachev
4Anton Stralman
5Dan Girardi
6Braydon Coburn
7Jake Dotchin
8Slater Koekkoek
9Andrej Sustr
G1Andrei Vasilevskiy
2Louis Domingue