Player News - Lightning

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Victor Hedman (finger) should be considered questionable for Saturday's game.

Hedman recently got the green light to participate in contact drills. He's a big part of the Lightning, but they've been able to excel without him so there shouldn't be any urgency on their part to attempt to rush him back.
Nov 28 - 1:26 PM

Nikita Kucherov scored the game-winning goal against the New York Rangers on Wednesday night.

He has recorded four goals, including three game winners, in five career games versus the Blueshirts. Kucherov also got his his first NHL marker against the Rangers. The 21-year-old forward has already surpassed his point total from a year ago. Kucherov has racked up eight goals and 19 points in 23 games to go with a plus-10 rating and 53 shots.
Nov 28 - 9:53 AM

Ryan Callahan produced two goals and one assist in a 4-3 win over the New York Rangers on Wednesday night.

He has been great alongside Steve Stamkos this season, amassing 10 goals and 19 points in 18 games. Callahan lit up his former team in Martin St. Louis' return to Tampa Bay. Callahan came over to the Lightning as part of the deal and he stole the show.
Nov 27 - 10:57 AM

Ben Bishop allowed three goals on 19 shots in Tampa Bay's 4-3 win over the New York Rangers.

It wasn't Bishop's prettiest win but he'll surely take it. The 28-year-old has now won four of his last five starts. He now has a 13-3-2 record with a 2.33 goals-against-average and a .915 save percentage. If healthy, he will continue piling up wins.
Nov 26 - 11:05 PM

Steve Stamkos scored a goal and two assists in Tampa Bay's 4-3 win over the Rangers on Wednesday night.

Stamkos has now registered a point in nine of his last 10 games. The 24-year-old sniper now has 15 goals and 27 points in 23 games. He's on pace to score 53 goals this season, and if stays healthy, it shouldn't surprise anyone if he surpasses that number. Ryan Callahan (twice) and Nikita Kucherov also scored for the Lightning.
Nov 26 - 10:57 PM

Ben Bishop will get the start against the New York Rangers on Wednesday night.

Tampa wiped the Madison Garden Ice with the Rangers back on Nov. 17th, but have won just once in their last three since. Fortunately, that was Saturday over Minnesota in a tight 2-1 win.
Nov 26 - 7:24 PM

Jonathan Drouin is slated to be a healthy scratch on Wednesday.

The Lightning have enjoyed tremendous scoring depth this season, which has allowed them to bring Drouin along slower than most fantasy owners would like. The highly-touted rookie has one goal and eight assists in 16 games this season. J.T. Brown is also expected to be scratched.
Nov 26 - 3:44 PM

Brenden Morrow is expected to be back in the lineup on Wednesday.

He was scratched for Saturday's win over Minnesota. Morrow has no goals and two assists in 20 games this year. Vladislav Namestnikov is also projected to return from the press box on Wednesday night.
Nov 26 - 3:08 PM

Valtteri Filppula has been back to playing center lately after he was skating on the wing alongside Steve Stamkos.

"I like the middle, and if I had to pick, I would probably pick the middle. But I feel like in our system, how we play, it's not a huge difference," he said. "You play the position you are at in the moment. At center you take more faceoffs, and I don't mind that." The Lightning want more depth down the middle, but Filppula will probably still get ice time with Stamkos on the power play.
Nov 26 - 3:01 PM

Victor Hedman (finger) received clearance to take part in contact drills.

He was a regular practice jersey during Wednesday's optional morning skate. "If he's in a regular jersey, he's very, very close," associate coach Rick Bowness said. "If he's still in a red jersey, you are still looking at a few more days, but he's got to be very close at this point." He could be back next week, but he hasn't been ruled out for Saturday's match against Ottawa.
Nov 26 - 2:55 PM

Victor Hedman (finger) won't be back on Wednesday.

Hedman might be available on Saturday though. He got off to a fantastic start this season with seven points in five games and we think he'll continue to shine once he's healthy.
Nov 25 - 1:47 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning have featured a balanced scoring attack 22 games into the 2014-15 season.

"We know that if one line is not going, another line can pick that line up offensively," said coach Jon Cooper. "But ultimately, in the end, when you start to get into January, February and March, who can play D? And that’s what we are looking at with our lines." Tampa Bay has eight players with at least five goals: Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, Ryan Callahan, Tyler Johnson, Brian Boyle, Ondrej Palat, Alex Killorn and Cedric Paquette. The team also has two players with over 20 points.
Nov 25 - 9:49 AM

Alex Killorn has been red hot since returning to Tampa Bay's lineup on Nov. 13 from an upper-body injury.

He has picked up a point in five of six games and is currently riding a five-game point streak. Killorn has recorded a goal in four straight contests. He also received a promotion to the Lightning's top line, with Steve Stamkos and Ryan Callahan, in Saturday's win over Minnesota.
Nov 24 - 11:35 AM

Victor Hedman took part in the Lightning's morning skate on Saturday but he still was wearing a no-contact jersey.

Hedman went down with a finger injury almost five weeks ago and he will have a checkup next week to determine when he can return to action. If he continues progressing, he should return to action in the next 7 to 10 days.
Nov 23 - 10:23 AM

Jon Cooper praised his team's defensive play in their 2-1 win over Minnesota.

"Defense wins,’’ Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said. "Even though we have scored a lot of goals this season, you can’t depend on that. We’ve scored two goals in each of the past three games, and you are hoping that if your defense stands up and your goaltending stands up (that’s enough), and we got that tonight.’’
Nov 23 - 10:18 AM


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