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Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (47) / 8/23/1967
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 167

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The Lightning will be the first team in NHL history to play against four Original Six NHL teams in one playoffs.
They knocked off the Red Wings, Canadiens and Rangers and will now face off against the Blackhawks. We suspect it may be a long time before a team is again in such a position. May 31 - 10:10 AM

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It appears that part of the reason the Lightning had trouble with the Rangers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final is that 6-8 players played with the flu.

Tampa coach Jon Cooper, who didn't want to make excuses for the team's loss in Game 6, had this to say about the players who were sick: "things were coming out of them that shouldn't be coming out of them." Well the team sure responded in Game 7 and are now off to the Stanley Cup final. Kudos to whomever fed the Tampa players chicken soup the last few days.
May 30 - 10:35 AM

Coach Jon Cooper is looking for Tampa Bay's scoring depth to reappear in the playoffs.

So far Tyler Johnson's line has supplied most of the offense for the Lightning, recording 18 of the team's 35 goals. "If we want to advance, we're going to need more than (That Line) to score," Cooper said. "Depth is a big thing. You look across the hall (to the Rangers), and they haven't scored a ton of goals in the playoffs, but they're getting a balanced attack from a lot of guys (eight different players with two or more goals). And they're advancing, and that's how we're going to have to do it, is we need more guys to chip in. It's not like they're not trying to do it. They just haven't gone in right now, and they're going to need to find a way." The Bolts had 10 players who reached double digits in goals during the regular season.
May 18 - 12:50 PM

Jon Cooper said he isn't concerned with the non-offside call on Tampa Bay's game-winning goal in game one.

Tampa Bay appeared to be offside before Nikita Kucherov beat Carey Price in the second period of overtime. "It’s out of our hands, it’s out of their coach’s hands, it’s out of my hands," Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said. "The players play the game and the officials officiate, and they are trying their best. And if we had lost the game, what would all the talk have been about? The disallowed goal. We end up winning the game and all the talk is about the perceived offside. It’s sports, there are humans involved and everybody is trying to do their best. And I’ve been on both ends in this building."
May 3 - 10:49 AM

Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper may go with seven defensemen and 11 forwards again in Game 7 on Wednesday night.

"I think it gives you a different look," Cooper said. "It gives you different options. I like having the extra defenseman there. I could go down the list of reasons why. It's not just one." The Lightning have a 2-0 record against Detroit when they have gone with seven blueliners.
Apr 29 - 11:55 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning have had a difficult time scoring goals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Lightning are known for their potent offense, but they have now been shut out in two of their last three games in the series. "What’s been frustrating is we haven’t been scoring, and especially for a team that is used to scoring,’’ Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said. "It’s pretty tough when the name of the game is scoring and you are not scoring. We have to find a way.’’ Tampa Bay now trails Detroit 3-2 in their best-of-seven series, and they need to win on Monday in Detroit to keep their season alive.
Apr 26 - 10:43 AM

Tampa Bay went 0-for-6 on the power play in Game 3 against Detroit on Tuesday night.

Red Wings netminder Petr Mrazek stopped all 22 shots he faced in the match to give his team a 2-1 series lead. "It's tough when you go 0-fer," said coach Jon Cooper. "But I thought they generated (chances) — they just didn't go in for us." Tampa Bay went 2-for-4 with the man advantage in their Game 2 victory and 0-for-7 when they lost in Game 1. The Lightning went 34-5-2 this season when scoring a power-play goal.
Apr 22 - 9:08 AM

Tampa Bay has surrendered just 38 shots on goal after two games against Detroit.

"It's a little bit more attention to detail," Cooper said. "Guys are really back-pressuring hard. Coming back, they're coming back as a group, and they're committed. It's not so much a skill set playing D, it's a mental thing. And they've been really committed. That's what's helped us out." The 19 shots against per game is the lowest in the playoffs with Game 3 slated for Tuesday night in Detroit.
Apr 21 - 9:26 AM

Lightning head coach Jon Cooper wasn't impressed with Justin Abdelkader's hit from behind on Jason Garrison.

When asked about the hit, Cooper was careful but direct in his reply. "Is that the get-me-in-trouble question?’’ Cooper said. "Square behind, on the numbers in a vulnerable spot, guys have got multiple-game (suspensions) for that hit. But the game happens fast. They saw it a certain way. And I’ve seen that not called, seen guys get five (minute majors) out of it. We got a two. Abby is an honest player, plays the game hard and because he plays the game hard, he’s going to find himself in situations like that. I’m sure he didn’t mean to do it, but it was a tough spot to hit him.’’
Mar 29 - 11:04 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning are 0-8-2 in their last 10 games against the Boston Bruins.

The two teams will square off again on Sunday. The last time the Bolts defeated the Bruins was on March 13th, 2012 and Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman are the only two currently players who were part of that game. "I don’t know if I buy into (if the Bruins are in the Lightning’s head)," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "It is a little annoying we haven’t beat them? Yeah, I would say that’s more of the word, but I’ve liked the way we’ve played against them in some of these games."
Mar 22 - 10:30 AM

Tampa Bay has worked hard to improve on the penalty kill this season.

The Lightning sit in a tie with Ottawa for the ninth spot in the league after they finished the 2013-14 season with the 23rd spot. The team has been much better on the kill at home, where they rank second overall with an 86.8 efficiency rating. Ben Bishop has been superb when Tampa Bay has been down a man. He is second in the league with a shorthanded save percentage of .910.
Mar 19 - 11:41 AM

Jon Cooper said it was just a matter of time before the Tampa Bay Lightning laid an egg on home ice.

The Lightning have been one of the better teams on home ice this season, but they dropped a 2-1 decision to the Jets on Saturday. "We’ve played extremely well at home, so for us to lay an egg at some point . . . you don’t want it to happen but it’s going to happen at some point,’’ Cooper said. "And we were playing a really desperate hockey team and they played a playoff-style hockey game. They really, really wanted to win that hockey game tonight, and they did. And I’m not saying we didn’t want to win the game, but we didn’t match anything they brought to the table. They were stronger, faster and hungrier. You look at the end, it was probably a result that was justified.’’
Mar 15 - 12:42 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning have the best home record in the NHL at 26-6-1 this season.

The Lightning’s latest home win came on Saturday night when they defeated the Dallas Stars by a score of 5-4. "This is a great group of guys,’’ Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said. "We are growing together, and I can’t really explain why we are having this great run at home other than we are comfortable here, we love playing in front of our fans and it’s an energetic building. It’s worked for us and it’s pretty cool, because we did this with a few home games left. It’s one of those things that you will look back on at the end of the year and say it’s pretty cool, but we have a long way to go.’’
Mar 8 - 12:27 PM

Tampa Bay leads the league with 117 power-play opportunities on the road this season.

The Lightning have a 14.5 percent success rate compared to a 20.6 percent at home. "A power-play goal at a crucial time in a game can make a huge difference," GM Steve Yzerman said. "We don't have to have the best power play in the league, but you've got to be able to count on your power play to score a big goal."
Mar 2 - 9:07 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning are having success on their West Coast road trip.

Teams in the east tend to struggle on long trips out West but the Lightning have bucked the trend so far. Tampa Bay has won two of their three games in California and they now have back-to-back games against Arizona and Colorado coming up. "If you can go on the road and take more points than games played, your road trip was a successful one,’’ Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said. "We haven’t done that yet, but we have a chance to, so it would be a hell of a trip if we can end up beating (Arizona). And then you are playing with house money on Sunday."
Feb 21 - 10:25 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Steve Stamkos
2Tyler Johnson
3Valtteri Filppula
4Brian Boyle
5Vladislav Namestnikov
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Alex Killorn
3Cedric Paquette
4Brenden Morrow
5Jonathan Marchessault
RW1Ryan Callahan
2Nikita Kucherov
3Jonathan Drouin
4J.T. Brown
D1Victor Hedman
2Jason Garrison
3Anton Stralman
4Matt Carle
5Braydon Coburn
6Nikita Nesterov
7Andrej Sustr
8Mark Barberio
9Mattias Ohlund
G1Ben Bishop
2Andrei Vasilevskiy