Player News - Lightning

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Cedric Paquette has been sent to the minors.

Paquette has no points in four games with Tampa Bay this season. He'll return to the AHL Syracuse Crunch where he's scored three goals and five points in four contests.
Oct 31 - 3:27 PM

According to coach Jon Cooper, Andrej Sustr left Thursday's game after he suffered a "minor" injury.

The behemoth defender exited the game after he logged 9:02 of ice time. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Oct 31 - 11:18 AM

Jonathan Drouin earned an assist and registered four shots on Thursday despite seeing just 9:58 of ice time.

He played with Vladislav Namestnikov and Cedric Paquette in the contest. "That line is coming, they gave us quality minutes," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "All three of them, they possessed the puck, they played in the offensive zone quite a bit, created some chances and scored a goal. If you are going to do that every game, that's a good sign." Drouin has a reduced role right now, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him move up the lineup eventually.
Oct 31 - 11:11 AM

Jason Garrison notched a goal and a helper in Thursday's 4-3 victory versus Philadelphia.

His first goal as a member of the Lightning came on the power play. Garrison's assist on Thursday came with the man advantage as well. He finished the game with seven shots on goal. Garrison has five points in 11 games this season.
Oct 31 - 11:03 AM

Valtteri Filppula collected three assists in Tampa Bay's 4-3 win over Philadelphia on Thursday.

Two of his helpers came on the power play, which went 2-for-5 in the match. Filppula has assisted on eight goals this season and he has 10 points in 11 games this campaign.
Oct 31 - 10:55 AM

Ben Bishop made 24 saves in Tampa Bay's 4-3 win over Philadelphia on Thursday night, improving his record to 6-1-1 this season.

Bishop has won two straight since being yanked last Saturday night. The 27-year-old's dominant record makes up for his lacking stats, as he's managed just a .911 save percentage and 2.39 goals against average so far. Those numbers should improve as the season wears on.
Oct 30 - 11:29 PM

Steven Stamkos fired home two goals and an assist on Thursday night en route to a 4-3 Lightning win over the Flyers.

The sharpshooter now has eight goals and four assists in just 11 games so far on the season. Valtteri Filppula helped out his captain by assisting on both of his goals and registering three assists in total on Thursday. Stamkos is on pace for 60 goals this season, which is quite a bit more attainable than Rick Nash's current pace for 84 goals.
Oct 30 - 11:20 PM

Ryan Callahan (lower body) hasn't been ruled out of playing Thursday, but he said it's more realistic that his return could come on Saturday.

He participated in a full practice on Wednesday and remained on the ice for a little while afterward. "We've been hammering it with treatment and rehab, and it's responded well," Callahan said. "It's improved tremendously." He has been sidelined since Oct. 20.
Oct 30 - 11:38 AM

Ondrej Palat has been reunited with Tyler Johnson.

The duo has played together for four years, dating back to their time in the minors. Nikita Kucherov was added to the mix during Friday's contest and the line played together again on Tuesday in a 7-3 win over Arizona. They combined for three goals and five assists in the contest. Palat had one helper to give him two goals and four points in his last five matches.
Oct 30 - 11:32 AM

Ryan Callahan (lower body) skated on his own before joining his teammates for parts of Tuesday's practice.

He took part in some drills in a limited capacity. Coach Jon Cooper said Callahan might be available to play in Saturday's game against Washington, so it's unlikely that he'll be ready for Thursday's game versus Philadelphia. Callahan is listed as day-to-day.
Oct 29 - 12:40 PM

Victor Hedman is wearing a cast, which immobilizes two middle fingers on his hand, so he's been limited by what he can do to remain in shape.

He's scheduled to visit with the team doctor on Thursday to determine how much longer the cast is required. Despite the injury, Hedman is doing his best to remain upbeat. "This is obviously a step back, but at the same time I know I can come back and play at the same level I was at before I got hurt," he said. "I just have to let the process take its time and for me try to hurry up that process as much as I can. I know it's going to take some time, but I'm happy that I can come back in a few weeks, hopefully." Hedman has been sidelined since Oct. 18 due to a fractured finger.
Oct 29 - 12:33 PM

Jonathan Drouin's ice time dropped to 11:50 in Tuesday's win over Arizona.

"He was thrust into a situation because of injury, and when you have injuries, guys get to play more," coach Jon Cooper said. "I don't think from the outset we were there saying, Jo Drouin will be a 20-minute guy out of the gate. He's a good hockey player, but he has to learn ... this is his (seventh) pro game and (fifth) in the NHL and guys have gone through the same stages." Drouin didn't get any time on the power play either. Alex Killorn was back on the top line instead.
Oct 29 - 12:23 PM

Brian Boyle tallied two goals, including the game winner, in a 7-3 blowout of Arizona on Tuesday.

He also won 14 of his 21 faceoffs in the match. Boyle has five points in 10 games this season after he recorded a total of 18 over 82 contests in 2013-14 with the Rangers.
Oct 29 - 12:16 PM

Tyler Johnson piled up four assists in Tuesday's 7-3 win over Arizona.

The sophomore forward has amassed 11 assists in 10 games this season Johnson earned a helper on all three of Nikita Kucherov's goals in the contest. He added a power-play assist later on to cap off a career night. Johnson has been red hot at the start of the 2014-15 campaign and he's currently riding a seven-game point streak.
Oct 29 - 11:38 AM

Nikita Kucherov posted his first career NHL hat trick Tuesday as the Lightning upended Arizona by a score of 7-3.

Fresh off a three-point effort against the Jets on Friday, Kucherov took it a step further in this outing and is officially red-hot. Brian Boyle also buried a pair of goals in the win while Valtterri Filppula and Matt Carle scored once apiece.
Oct 29 - 2:34 AM


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