Player News - Lightning

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Matthew Peca has signed a two-year, entry-level deal with Tampa Bay.

In his fourth season with Quinnipiac University, he produced nine goals and 36 points in 39 contests. He will spend the rest of the season in the AHL on a tryout basis. Peca was a seventh-round pick of the Lightning in the 2011 draft.
Apr 1 - 12:10 PM

Ryan Callahan scored the only Tampa Bay goal in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Maple Leafs.

Callahan's 23rd of the campaign came during a first period power play, but the Bolts were unable to record any more tallies against the superb James Reimer. Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov drew helpers on the lone marker.
Mar 31 - 10:34 PM

Andrei Vasilevskiy and the Lightning ended up on the losing side of a 3-1 decision against Toronto Tuesday night.

What appeared to be a gift from the fantasy gods for Vasilevskiy owners turned disastrous as the backup netminder allowed three goals on 28 shots to the fledgling Maple Leafs. He should receive more opportunities to suit up as the Lightning rest their regulars toward the end of the season.
Mar 31 - 10:31 PM

Coach Cooper has gone on record that Victor Hedman will return to the Lightning before the playoffs start.

Meaning, he could return as early as Saturday versus Toronto. Hedman has amassed 10 goals, 37 points, 40 PIMs, 48 hits, and 106 blocks over 57 games this season.
Mar 31 - 8:03 PM

Slater Koekkoek will make his NHL debut on Tuesday night against the team he grew up cheering for, the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The former 10th overall pick Koekkoek in 2012 has produced well in his first professional season, putting up five goals and 24 point along with 40 PIMs in 66 games for AHL Syracuse. Koekkoek will pair with Luke Witkowski to create the Lightning's third defensive unit.
Source: Mike Brophy
Mar 31 - 6:36 PM

Victor Hedman (lower body) won't be available for Tuesday's game against Toronto.

He was injured on Monday night and has a chance to play this week during Tampa Bay's road trip. Hedman is listed as day-to-day.
Mar 31 - 6:27 PM

Tyler Johnson (upper body) won't play Tuesday, but he may return during Tampa Bay's road trip.

Coach Jon Cooper provided some comfort for Tampa Bay's fans when he said the injury won't impact the playoffs, but it could hurt Johnson's fantasy owners if a return doesn't arrive before the end of the week.
Mar 31 - 6:26 PM

With Ben Bishop having started on Monday versus Montreal, Anderi Vasilevskiy is expected to get the start against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night.

Vasilevskiy has gone 7-4-1 with 31 goals against in 15 games for the Lightning this season. This includes seven Quality Starts against just one Really Bad Start, as well. This would be his first career start versus Toronto.
Mar 31 - 5:23 PM

Tyler Johnson (upper body) is expected to miss a second straight game Tuesday night.

He is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury and sat out Monday's game due to the ailment.
Mar 31 - 5:11 PM

Slater Koekkoek has been summoned from the minors.

The Lightning brought him up because a lower-body injury to Victor Hedman. With Hedman questionable to play, Koekkoek could make his NHL debut against Toronto on Tuesday night.
Mar 31 - 11:49 AM

Victor Hedman is being listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury and he's questionable for Tuesday night.

He sustained the ailment in Monday's win over Montreal. Hedman will probably sit out Tuesday's game versus Toronto and then the Lightning will see where he's at with his recovery. Tampa Bay called up Slater Koekkoek as a possible replacement.
Mar 31 - 11:41 AM

Victor Hedman left Monday's 5-3 win over Montreal early with a suspected lower body injury.

Hedman played just 15:30 with over four minutes on special teams without registering a point. Nothing definitive is known yet about Hedman's potential ailment, but Coach Cooper has already noted that he's questionable for Tuesday's tilt with Toronto.
Mar 30 - 11:48 PM

Jonathan Drouin ended his 42-game goal drought off a power play breakaway during Monday's 5-3 win over Montreal.

While three goals and 30 points over one's first 66 career NHL games wouldn't be bad for anyone else, much was expected of the highly touted Drouin coming into the season. Keep the faith, next season.
Mar 30 - 11:40 PM

Anton Stralman collected an empty net goal along with a power play assist during Monday's 5-3 win over Montreal.

Stralman had a great game. He posted six shots, the second most among all skaters, while skating over 21 minutes including nearly eight minutes on special teams. He now has nine goals and 38 points this season.
Mar 30 - 11:37 PM

Ondrej Palat picked up two assists during Monday's 5-3 win over Montreal.

Palat now has five points over his last five games, with four assists during that time. On Monday, it was his second helper that wowed as he drew two Montreal defenders to him at the offensive blue line, took the hit and shoveled a perfect past to Vladislav Namestnikov for his second goal of the game. Palat now has 43 assists and 59 points over 70 games this season, tying last season's total over 81 games.
Mar 30 - 11:33 PM

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