Player News - Lightning

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Cedric Paquette was called up from the minors on Friday.

The center was one of the final cuts at training camp but was recalled on Friday. He was pointless in 14:14 minutes of action but was a perfect two-for-two at the face off dot. The 21-year-old had three goals and five points with Syracuse of the AHL in four games before his recall.
Oct 25 - 1:56 AM

Radko Gudas (lower body) returned to action on Friday.

The defenseman had a typical Radko Gudas game as he got into a fight, took a couple of minors and blocked four shots. He also had three hits and a couple of shots on goal with a minus-one rating. Put him back in your lineup if you need penalty minutes.
Oct 25 - 1:56 AM

Ondrej Palat had a goal and an assist in Tampa Bay's 4-2 win over Winnipeg, Friday night.

They were pretty, too. Palat finished a 2-on-1 rush late in the second to make it 4-1 Bolts, but it was his helper on Vladislav Namestnikov's six minutes earlier goal that was a beaut. Palat now has six points, three goals and assists through eight games this season.
Oct 25 - 1:21 AM

Jonathan Drouin scored his first career goal on Ondrej Pavelec, in Friday night's win in Winnipeg.

Credit Nikita Kucherov for the nifty assist as he drifted to the left while behind Pavelec, taking the netminder's focus away from the cutting Drouin who slammed home the one-timer. Perhaps Stamkos isn't the only teammate the young phenom has chemistry with. Drouin also assisted on Stamkos's goal to open the scoring on way to a 4-2 win.
Oct 25 - 1:17 AM

The Steven Stamkos - Jonathan Drouin connection is already well underway.

Stamkos opened the game's scoring on Friday night off a pretty give-and-go rush in the first with Drouin. So beware rest of the NHL. Stammer only had one other shot on goal and skated over 23 minutes. Relatively quiet, but also highly efficient. The Lightning won the game 4-2.
Oct 25 - 12:33 AM

Nikita Kucherov set a career high for points in a game with his three helpers on Friday night in Winnipeg.

All three were beauties as Tampa Bay took the game over in the second period. Kucherov now has five points (all assists) through eight games this season. He skated 15:43 including 2:18 on the powerplay. The Bolts would go on to win 4-2.
Oct 25 - 12:28 AM

Ben Bishop was outstanding in Winnipeg on Friday night, stopping 40-42 shots sent his way.

Winnipeg also had five power plays, including a 5-on-3 late in the first. However they're power play goal came in the second. No matter the order, Bishop was sharp and could have been forgiven if he let in five or six instead. Tampa won 4-2 mainly due to his efforts.
Oct 24 - 11:55 PM

Ryan Callahan (lower body) was on the ice Friday.

Callahan thinks he's making progress, but he didn't engage in starts/stops during his skate. He isn't expected to return Friday or Saturday.
Oct 24 - 2:32 PM

Ben Bishop is expected to start Friday.

Bishop has a 1.97 GAA and .921 save percentage in five games this season. Granted, it's a small sample size, but it still helps calm the nerves of those that feared he would regress after breaking out in 2013-14.
Oct 24 - 1:41 PM

Alex Killorn (upper body) was on the ice for Thursday's practice.

He's unlikely to play Friday, but said he is feeling better. Killorn suffered an upper-body injury when he lost his footing and hit his shoulder/head hard into the boards. He said he didn't suffer any concussion symptoms on the play.
Oct 23 - 6:14 PM

Luke Witkowski has been returned to the minors by Tampa Bay.

His demotion to the AHL might indicate that Radko Gudas will be back from his lower-body injury on Friday. Witkowski didn't play any NHL games during his stint with the Lightning.
Oct 23 - 3:58 PM

Ryan Callahan (lower body) isn't expected to play on Friday or Saturday.

Saturday's match will wrap up the Lightning's five-game road trip. The team should know about Callahan's status when they return. He suffered a lower-body injury in Monday's game against Edmonton.
Oct 23 - 3:15 PM

Radko Gudas may be able to return from his lower-body injury as early as Friday's game against Winnipeg.

Coach Jon Cooper said Thursday that Gudas is very close to returning to the lineup. Gudas has missed the past four games due to the ailment.
Oct 23 - 3:11 PM

Nikita Kucherov was injured in the first period of Tuesday's 2-1 overtime win over Calgary, but he was able to return in the third.

He was nailed by Flames defenseman Mark Giordano on an open-ice hit and didn't return for the second period, so it was a bit surprising to see him back at the start of the final frame. Kucherov finished the match with 8:39 of ice time.
Oct 22 - 9:16 AM

Valtteri Filppula got his first goal of the season in Tuesday's 2-1 overtime win against Calgary.

He picked his marker off a rebound from a Jason Garrison shot. Filppula has generated five points in seven games for the Lightning this season and all four of his assists so far have come on the power play.
Oct 22 - 9:11 AM

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