Player News - Lightning

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Brett Connolly scored the lone goal for the Lightning in their 3-1 loss to the Islanders on Saturday night.

It looked like it’d be the only goal of the game as neither team could score until the third period. Connolly has six goals in 23 games this season. Tyler Johnson and Mark Barberio picked up the helpers. Valtteri Filppula finished a game-low minus-two.
Dec 20 - 9:53 PM

Andrei Vasilevskiy did his best to singlehandedly backstop the Lightning to at least a point, but his 45 saves weren’t enough in the 3-1 loss to the Islanders on Saturday night.

The Lightning were lucky this was even a game in the third period as the Islanders thoroughly dominated them, finishing with 47 shots, compared to 21 for the Lightning. Vasilevskiy was perfect until 16:51 of the third period, and he ended up giving two goals in 12 seconds. It appears that Ben Bishop is close to returning to the lineup, but Vasilevskiy has certainly made a case to be used as a backup if Evgeni Nabokov continues to struggle. He has a 1.51 goals-against average and .958 save percentage in two games this season.
Dec 20 - 9:53 PM

Jason Garrison suffered an undisclosed injury Saturday night and will not return to the game.

Garrison played 11:47 before departing, and seemed to be injured some time in the second frame. He had two penalty minutes, a shot and a hit in the game. Garrison has 17 points this season.
Dec 20 - 9:05 PM

Mark Barberio subbed in for Andrej Sustr Saturday night on Long Island in a late change.

Neither have much fantasy value.
Dec 20 - 8:17 PM

Tyler Johnson will return to Tampa's lineup Saturday night on Long Island.

He is expected center Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov. Johnson is second on the team in points with 33, just three being Steven Stamkos, while Kucherov sits just three points behind Johnson.
Dec 20 - 7:04 PM

Confirming an earlier report, Andrei Vasilevskiy will indeed get the nod Saturday night on Long Island.

In 14 games with Tampa's AHL affiliate Syracuse Crunch, Vasilevskiy has allowed just 33 goals. Good for a 2.34 GAA and owns a .918 save percentage.
Source: Joe Smith
Dec 20 - 5:20 PM

Ben Bishop (lower-body injury) is taking live shots in practice Saturday morning.

Perhaps Bishop will be able to return to action Tuesday for Tampa's last game before the Christmas break. If not it is still a good sign that his recovery has gone well.
Dec 20 - 11:44 AM

Despite playing some of the game on Tampa's second power-play unit, Ryan Callahan continues to produce.

With two assists Friday night, Callahan has four points in his last two games and 27 points in 29 games this season. His points-per-game average is third best on the Lightning just behind Steve Stamkos and Tyler Johnson and is 21st overall in the NHL. If you can get Callahan for a reasonable price, we would do just that.
Dec 20 - 11:40 AM

Jonathan Drouin is getting some ice time on the Lightning's first power-play unit.

He replaced Ryan Callahan in practice Thursday and for parts of Friday night's game against New Jersey. Needless to say, if Drouin can continue to log time with Steven Stamkos and company on the top unit, it will be a big boost to his fantasy value.
Dec 20 - 11:33 AM

Look for Andrei Vasilevskiy to start in goal against the Islanders Saturday.

Thirty-nine year old Evgeni Nabokov was in goal for the Bolts' 3-2 shootout loss to New Jersey Friday night and it is not likely that Tampa coach Jon Cooper will turn back to him in the second of back-to-back games. Vasilevskiy won his first NHL start Tuesday against Philadelphia Tuesday night 3-1 stopping 23 shots. Ben Bishop (lower-body injury) should be ready to return to action either Tuesday or just after the Christmas break.
Dec 20 - 11:30 AM

Tampa Bay backup Evgeni Nabokov stopped 16-of-18 shots in a 3-2 shootout loss on Friday night.

The Lightning scored two goals or fewer for the seventh time in his eight starts this season but he hasn't been that great overall either. The veteran back-up has not been a source of strong play backing up Ben Bishop so far this season with a 3-4-2 record. He carries a an unimpressive 2.84 goals against average and .893 save percentage into his next relief appearance.
Dec 19 - 11:57 PM

Steven Stamkos scored a goal in Tampa Bay's 3-2 shootout loss to New Jersey on Friday night.

It was the sniper's second goal in as many games and 19th on the year overall. Stamkos has 36 points in 24 games and has been as expected for a number one draft choice. Nikita Kucherov scored the other goal for the Lightning who couldn't solve the Devils' rookie netminder in the shootout.
Dec 19 - 11:51 PM

Filling in for the sick Tyler Johnson, Valtteri Filppula will center Tampa's second line between Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov on Friday night in New Jersey.

Kucherov ranks third on the team in points with 29, while Filppula trails close behind with 24. Palat brings up this trio's rear with 19 points himself in 23 games, 10 fewer than his linemates. Tampa and Toronto lead the NHL in goals scored with 110, while New Jersey has a rookie goalie in net and has surrendered the seventh most goals, 96. Look for these guys to light the lamp.
Dec 19 - 6:52 PM

Tyler Johnson's 115 consecutive games streak will come to an end on Friday night because of the stomach flu.

Remarkably, Johnson's 33 points ranks second only to Steven Stamkos on the team in points who has 35. Johnson's total also ranks 10th in the NHL. During his 115 games played streak, he amassed 34 goals and 83 points.
Source: Dan Rosen
Dec 19 - 6:40 PM

Mark Barberio will draw the short straw as Radko Gudas is expected to return to Tampa's lineup on Friday night in New Jersey.

Barberio lacks for much of any fantasy value, but Gudas is as rugged and physical a blue liner as they come. He leads the team in hits with 91 and PIMs with 34. His hits are also good for 18th most in the NHL.
Dec 19 - 6:16 PM

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