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Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (50) / 8/23/1967
Ht / Wt:  5'8" / 167

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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

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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

The Lightning did not protect Jake Dotchin or Andrej Sustr from selection by the Vegas Golden Knights.

The Bolts opted to protect the following players: Ryan Callahan, Tyler Johnson, Alex Killorn, Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov, Ondrej Palat, Steven Stamkos, Braydon Coburn, Victor Hedman, Anton Stralman and Andrei Vasilevskiy. It is a tad surprising that the Lightning chose to protect both Callahan and Killorn over Dotchin and Sustr. Look for Vegas to think hard about drafting one of those two rearguards.
Sun, Jun 18, 2017 11:27:00 AM

Lightning bench boss Jon Cooper will coach Team Canada at the upcoming World Hockey Championships.

This is Cooper's first stint with Hockey Canada. Former Panthers head coach Gerard Gallant, Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol and Dave King will be his assistants. "Canada has tremendous depth in both its player and coaching pool, and we are fortunate to welcome a blend of experience and new faces to our program for this year’s IIHF World Championship," said Hockey Canada president and CEO Tom Renney. The tournament kicks off on May 5th in France and Germany.
Tue, Apr 11, 2017 06:30:00 PM

Tampa Bay may host another major NHL event yet.

It's been since the 1999 All-Star game that the city of Tampa Bay has hosted a major NHL event, and with Gary Bettman's expectation that a trio of outdoor events will be held next season - Tampa Bay "is in the mix," NHL executive vice president Steve Mayer said. "The city can house a world-class event. It's proving it time after time after time." Bettman, Mayer and their annual multi-city tour to scout for future sites and came away impressed by Tampa and Amalie Arena. After seeing what Los Angeles was able to do with the ice, it's easy to imagine that it'd go over just as well down in Florida's most famous bay.
Source: Joe Smith
Sun, Jan 1, 2017 06:40:00 PM

The Lightning have one won the last eight games.

"This is probably one of our worst if not our worst in the last couple of years," coach Jon Cooper said. "You go through the resume the last three or four of years of the all the ups and downs this team had. This is just a different one, that's all, and we've always found a way to struggle and emerge, and I'm sure we'll find it again." Saturday's match versus Pittsburgh, which resulted in a 4-3 loss, was the sixth time in the past eight games that the Lightning allowed at least four goals.
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 11:10:00 AM

Tampa Bay's slow starts have concerned coach Jon Cooper.

The Lightning have seven first-period goals in 12 games, with six coming in two contests. The team has trailed after one period six times, led after one twice and there have been four goalless ties.
Mon, Nov 7, 2016 10:09:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Steven Stamkos
2Brayden Point
3Tyler Johnson
4Cedric Paquette
5Anthony Cirelli
6Gabriel Dumont
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Yanni Gourde
3Alex Killorn
4Chris Kunitz
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
2Peter Budaj
3Louis Domingue