Player News - Lightning

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Jonathan Drouin worked on Tampa Bay's top power-play unit Wednesday.

He joined a group that included Steven Stamkos, Ryan Callahan, Valtteri Filppula and Anton Stralman. The Lightning has scored on just eight of their past 68 opportunities.
Jan 29 - 11:25 AM

Nikita Kucherov hasn't scored a goal in 10 straight games.

He has contributed just two assists in his last seven outings as well. Kucherov has made excellent progress in his sophomore season, but he was bound to slow down at some point. Still, he probably won't be stuck in this funk much longer.
Jan 29 - 11:13 AM

Cedric Paquette registered his sixth goal in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to Carolina.

He got the Lightning on the board after the Hurricanes jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the first period. Paquette has two points in his past two games to give him 12 on the year.
Jan 28 - 10:29 AM

Tyler Johnson (lower body) was able to play on Tuesday against Carolina.

He was listed as a game-time call going into the match after missing the All-Star Game because of a lower-body ailment. Johnson didn't register a point in a 4-2 loss.
Jan 28 - 1:49 AM

Brian Boyle tallied his 10th goal of the season Tuesday, but the Lightning fell to Carolina by a score of 4-2.

With his second shorthanded goal of the campaign, Boyle reaches double-digit markers for the third time in his career. Despite the productive season by his standards, he's likely not worth a look in your fantasy league. Cedric Paquette also found the back of the net in the loss.
Jan 28 - 12:21 AM

Ben Bishop wasn't sharp Tuesday as he allowed four goals on 22 shots in a 4-2 loss to the Hurricanes.

The loss snaps a three-game win streak for the hulking netminder, who had seemingly just begun to rediscover last year's form. The poor performance drops his record to 24-8-2 while his GAA is 2.39 and his save percentage is .911.
Jan 28 - 12:16 AM

Luke Witkowski and JT Brown will be healhty scratches against Carolina on Tuesday night.

Neither player is noted for their scoring prowess, nor their ability to soak up PIMs, making both difficult to recommend for your fantasy squad.
Jan 27 - 7:18 PM

Ben Bishop will face the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.

Tampa Bay leads the east with 64 points, has scored the most goals in the NHL with 156, and own the best goals differential in the east at +29. Of the latter, you better believe Bishop has been a big part of why. He's 24-7-2 with a 2.34 GAA and a .914 save percentage through 37 appearances so far. Start with confidence.
Jan 27 - 6:11 PM

Tyler Johnson (lower body) participated in Tuesday's morning skate.

Johnson remains a game-time decision for Tuesday's contest though. "You can’t really read too much into (taking line rushes) though," Johnson said. "Today was a little bit better (than Monday’s practice) but it’s still just a morning skate and it’s tough to do any game type of stuff." He has 17 goals and 48 points in 47 contests in 2014-15.
Jan 27 - 3:27 PM

Jonathan Drouin admits there has been some disappointment with his rookie season, but he is "happy with the process" and is more than willing to keep working.

"This isn't a one-year investment. It's long term with (Jonathan)," coach Jon Cooper said. "It's a different game than what he came from in junior. But he's gotten better and better and better. It's clear when you watch the games now. There's more command of the puck. He doesn't rush plays anymore. He knows he has a little more time." Drouin said his confidence at the NHL level is growing, which will hopefully lead to an increase in his point production. He has two goals and 18 points in 37 games, but fantasy owners should remember that he doesn't turn 20 until the end of March and he still has a long career ahead of him.
Jan 27 - 9:07 AM

Tyler Johnson (lower body) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against Carolina.

He took part in Monday's practice, but coach Jon Cooper said he's still day-to-day. Johnson wasn't able to play in the All-Star Game because of a lower-body injury, but he's still eligible to play because he participated in All-Star weekend events.
Jan 26 - 3:52 PM

Steve Stamkos tallied two goals and added an assist at the All-Star Game on Sunday in a 17-12 loss to Team Toews.

Stamkos suited up for the home side (Team Foligno) in Columbus and he had a good time. "It was a fun game," he said. "Tough one for the goalies, obviously, with the amount of skill out there. ... Obviously a lot of goals. The fans were probably happy about that."
Jan 26 - 11:34 AM

Tyler Johnson (lower body) will be eligible to play on Tuesday if he's ready.

He participated in All-Star weekend events even though he missed the skills competition and game due to a lower-body injury.
Jan 26 - 11:18 AM

Tyler Johnson (lower body) will not play in Sunday’s All-Star Game, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

Unlike players who dropped out last-minute because of injuries and never came to the event, Johnson will be eligible to play in the Lightning’s first game after the break because he is in Columbus. Tampa Bay visits the Hurricanes on Jan. 27. Johnson has 17 goals and 48 points this season. It’s unclear if the NHL will allow rookie Mike Hoffman to participate in the game so that Team Toews fields a complete lineup.
Jan 24 - 10:43 PM

Team Foligno’s Jonathan Drouin won the fastest skater event at the NHL All-Star skills competition with a time of 13.103 seconds.

Team Foligno swept the event with all five skaters winning their respective heats. Phil Kessel defeated Tyler Seguin, Jiri Sekac knocked off Mike Hoffman and Zemgus Girgensons was quicker than Vladimir Tarasenko. Drouin defeated Mike Hoffman 13.103 seconds to 13.163 seconds.
Jan 24 - 7:39 PM

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