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Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (48) / 8/23/1967
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Tampa Bay will play five of their next six and 11 of the next 14 games at home.
The Lightning appear to be turning things around with three straight wins and a 6-3-1 record in their past 10 outings. "And so now, we have six games before the All-Star break, and five of them are at home. We have to take care of business here," said coach Jon Cooper. "It starts with a team (Pittsburgh) that pretty much is in the exact same position as we are. We're battling for a (playoff) spot with them, and we have to find a way. We can't sit here and say we've won a couple in a row. We're the one team that I don't think has really gone on any sort of run. We've started one here, and now we have to keep this going." Tampa Bay had the best home record in the league last year, but they have posted a 10-8-2 mark this campaign. That will have to improve to get them back in the postseason. Jan 15 - 8:34 AM

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Tampa Bay's power play has been much better.

The Lightning have nine power-play goals in the past five games. Unfortunately, the team's production during even strength situations has been lacking. "We are not doing much 5-on-5 lately," captain Steven Stamkos said. "First it was our power play was not there and 5-on-5 was decent. Now the power play is getting hot and the 5-on-5 is nonexistent. We have to find a way, it's not fun when you are in these games."
Jan 1 - 8:37 AM

Despite outshooting the Capitals 36-20, the Tampa Bay Lightning still couldn't come up with a win on Saturday night.

"I can’t keep standing up here and saying, ‘I can’t believe we walked away with zero points in that game’,’’ Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said. "It feels like every time we lose a game, that’s what I keep saying." The Bolts are currently in sixth place in the Atlantic division and they're three points behind New Jersey for the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 10:08:00 AM

Jon Cooper has agreed to a multi-year extension with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Cooper took over as the team's head coach on March 25, 2013 and thus far the team has done a great job under him. He has a 113-70-23, has led Tampa Bay to the playoffs in back-to-back campaigns, and guided them to the Stanley Cup Final. So it's no surprise that he's being kept.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 12:37:00 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning haven't gotten into a single fight this season.

There's only two other teams - Carolina and Toronto - that have gotten this far without dropping the gloves. Fighting has been on the decline overall, but the Lightning aren't likely to go the full season without engaging in a sparring match. In fact they might get into one on Saturday, given that the Lightning's opponent, Anaheim, leads the league with 11 fights.
Sat, Nov 21, 2015 11:47:00 AM

Tampa Bay is looking to turn it around with a more favorable schedule this month.

Tampa Bay will leave the state just once before the end of November and six of the next eight games will be played at Amalie Arena. "It hasn't been an easy start to the season by any means with the schedule," Steven Stamkos said. "And we don't want to sit here and use excuses, but we got the first (home game) out of the way when you come back from a long road trip. So, now let's regroup, let’s refocus and take care of home ice like we have the past couple of years."
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 08:56:00 AM

After being shut out just once last season, the Tampa Bay Lightning have already been blanked three times in 2015-16.

Tampa Bay was kept off the scoresheet by Devan Dubnyk and the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night, and Lightning head coach Jon Cooper can't figure out why. "It just seems like every single night we are playing a Vezina winner and our guy is playing like one, too," Cooper said. "It’s tough and I feel bad for the guys. . . . it’s crazy it just feels like there is a pane of glass behind the other goalie.’’
Sun, Nov 8, 2015 11:03:00 AM

Tampa Bay's offense has been in a funk.

The Lightning have averaged 1.17 goals per game in their last six outings and the team has scored just three even-strength goals over that span. All of those markers came in last Sunday's 4-3 win over Carolina. Luck doesn't appear to be on Tampa Bay's side either, as the club leads the league with 14 shot attempts that have hit the post or the crossbar.
Thu, Nov 5, 2015 08:45:00 AM

Tampa Bay has been held off the scoreboard for 120 minutes and 17 seconds after another shutout loss on Tuesday night.

The Lightning will happy to return home after posting a 1-2-1 record during their road trip. Tampa Bay was blanked in the last two matches by Chicago and St. Louis.
Wed, Oct 28, 2015 08:43:00 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning were shut out by the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night and the loss brought back some bad memories for coach Jon Cooper.

"It was like deja vu all over again: Come here and can’t find the back of the net," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said, referring to a 2-0 loss in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final in June. "You think about the hockey that was played in the Stanley Cup Final a few months ago and how exciting it was, this game was a small fraction of what that was." The Lightning lost Saturday's game 1-0 on an overtime goal by Jonathan Toews.
Sun, Oct 25, 2015 08:49:00 AM

Tampa Bay has struggled on the penalty kill at the start of the 2015-16 season.

The Lightning have surrendered five goals in 12 opportunities for the opposition. The team's awful winning percentage on faceoffs has been a major factor, as they have gone just 4-for-21 on the penalty kill. Tampa Bay has gone 28-for-67 (41 percent) in defensive zone faceoffs this season.
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 09:51:00 AM

Tampa Bay has hired Brad Lauer as an assistant coach.

He has served as an assistant with the Anaheim Ducks for the last four seasons. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman was in the market for someone to help with the power play, but Lauer's Ducks finished 28th in the league last year.
Tue, Aug 18, 2015 02:06:00 PM

Tampa Bay assistant coach George Gwozdecky will leave team to pursue other opportunities.

Coach Jon Cooper and the Lightning may choose to search for a replacement this off-season. Gwozdecky worked with the team for the last two years and the two sides agreed to mutually part ways.
Mon, Jun 22, 2015 06:09:00 PM

Coach Jon Cooper doesn't buy into the thought process that Tampa Bay is inexperienced in the playoffs anymore.

"We've gone from an inexperienced playoff team to an experienced playoff team," Cooper said. "We've been in this position before. This team has found a way. That's why we are where we are right now. We've been in so many different situations during this playoffs, whether we've been up 3-2, or down 3-2, we've gone through this now. People can't sit here and say, the inexperienced Lightning. I think we're the 'Gamer Lightning.' These guys have gamed out this playoffs, and I expect nothing less in Game 6 in Chicago." The Lightning will look to rally in Game 6 against Chicago like they did in the opening round against Detroit.
Mon, Jun 15, 2015 10:23:00 AM

Tampa head coach Jon Cooper seems to be taking the Lightning's power-play scoring drought in stride.

Tampa has scored only one goal in its last 11 man advatage chances in the Stanley Cup finals but Cooper doesn't seem overly concerned. "I tell our guys, you don’t have to score every single time, just don’t let it swing the momentum of the game,’" Cooper said. "We watched that happen in the Rangers series when they got a couple of power plays. We got the shorthanded goal on them on a five-on-three. Those are momentum swingers." That said, Cooper would still prefer to get his team going on the powerplay. "I don’t think we’ve gotten near the looks we can. You have to give them credit, they've got four guys and a goaltender that are trying to keep the puck out of the net. But yes, we feel we need to be better in that, no question." The success of the Bolts' and Hawks' powerplays might be a crucial factor in which team emerges victorious in the Cup finals.
Sat, Jun 13, 2015 08:16:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Steven Stamkos
2Tyler Johnson
3Valtteri Filppula
4Brian Boyle
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Alex Killorn
3Vladislav Namestnikov
4Jonathan Drouin
5Jonathan Marchessault
6Cedric Paquette
RW1Nikita Kucherov
2Ryan Callahan
3J.T. Brown
4Erik Condra
D1Victor Hedman
2Anton Stralman
3Jason Garrison
4Braydon Coburn
5Matt Carle
6Nikita Nesterov
7Andrej Sustr
8Slater Koekkoek
9Mattias Ohlund
G1Ben Bishop
2Kristers Gudlevskis