Player News - Lightning

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Goalie Ben Bishop turned away 26 Detroit shots but the Lightning couldn't give him any offensive support Saturday night.

The result was a 4-0 victory for the Red Wings. Tampa Bay now trails the best-of-seven series 3-2, with Game 6 back in Detroit Monday night. Bishop did all right Saturday but was outshone by Detroit goalie Petr Mzarek, who wouldn't let anything past him. Bishop's goals-against average in the post-season is 2.32 and his save percentage is .916. His record, of course, is 2-3.
Apr 25 - 9:21 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning decided to make Jonathan Drouin a healthy scratch in Game 5 against the Detroit Red Wings.

Drouin wasn't particularly sharp in his playoff debut in Game 4, generating a -2 rating and receiving just 8:42 TOI. Perhaps he'll be sharper if he gets another chance during this postseason, though?
Apr 25 - 6:31 PM

Brenden Morrow will return to Tampa Bay's line up on Saturday night for Game Five versus Detroit.

Unfortunately, Morrow is no longer the fantasy stud he once was in his youth. And he has registered just four playoff points across 19 games in his thirties.
Apr 25 - 6:10 PM

Mark Barberio and Nikita Nesterov will be scratched for Saturday evening's Game Five against Detroit.

Despite having a goal and two assists to his name through the first four games of the series, Nesterov finds himself in the stands. Barberio meanwhile has no fantasy value to speak of.
Apr 25 - 6:07 PM

Vladislav Namestnikov will tag in for Jonathan Drouin in Saturday evening's Game Five. Detroit leads the series 3-2.

Unfortunately, neither player has strong potential in the fantasy world. Though of the two, it's Namestnikov that has the lone point (an assist) in the postseason.
Apr 25 - 5:48 PM

It is not clear whether Jonathan Drouin will suit up for Game 5 Saturday evening.

He played in his first NHL playoff contest Thursday night and despite going minus two for the night, Bolts' coach Jon Cooper said Drouin "showed well". It remains to be seen if that will be enough to keep him in the lineup Saturday night, though.
Apr 25 - 12:09 PM

Look for Jason Garrison to get more playing time in Saturday's Game 5 than he had in Thursday's Game 4.

Garrison was just coming back from an upper-body injury that sidelined him for almost a month and he was limited to 14 minutes of playing time. In addition, Tampa coach Jon Cooper dressed seven defensemen to ease Garrsion's transition back into the lineup. Cooper has said he will likely dress only six rearguards Saturday evening's contest as he believes Garrison is capable of logging his usual 20-plus minutes.
Apr 25 - 12:05 PM

Ben Bishop will be back between the pipes Saturday afternoon for Game 5 against Detroit.

Despite the fact he let in a bad goal in Tamap's 3-2 overtime win against Detroit Thursday night, Bishop is a solid play Saturday in the Game 5 home contest. He has posted a 2.01 GAA and a .902 SP in the playoffs thus far.
Apr 25 - 11:58 AM

Tampa Bay scratched Vladislav Namestnikov on Thursday for Game 5.

He averaged just 8:25 of ice time per game in the first three contests of Tampa Bay's opening round series versus Detroit. Namestnikov had one assist and no shots before heading to the press box.
Apr 24 - 10:20 AM

Brenden Morrow watched Thursday's game at Detroit from the press box.

Morrow averaged just 10 minutes of ice time in his previous three outings against the Red Wings during Tampa Bay's first round playoff series. He had no points and one shot over that span.
Apr 24 - 10:17 AM

Mark Barberio was a healthy scratch for a fourth straight playoff game on Thursday.

The Lightning got Jason Garrison back from an upper-body injury in Game 4 and the team dressed seven defensemen. Nikita Nesterov saw the least ice time of the group at 13:40.
Apr 24 - 10:13 AM

Ondrej Palat produced a goal and an assist in Tampa Bay's 3-2 overtime win over Detroit in Game 4.

He went pointless in the first three games of the series. Tyler Johnson set up Palat for the game-tying goal shortly after scoring his first goal of the game. Johnson potted the game winner just 2:25 into the extra session and Palat earned a helper on it.
Apr 24 - 10:05 AM

Ben Bishop made 22 saves on 24 shots to help the Bolts squeeze by the Wings 3-2 in overtime on Thursday night to tie the series.

Bishop also took two penalties in the game, but Tampa Bay was able to kill both of them off and erase a 2-0 deficit late in the third period. Bishop is 2-2 in the playoffs with a .902 save percentage and 2.01 goals against average.
Apr 23 - 11:34 PM

Tyler Johnson's overtime winner capped off a heroic night at Joe Louis Arena, as the 24-year-old center scored two goals and added a primary assist to lead Tampa Bay to a 3-2 win over Detroit.

The Bolts scored two goals in 1:17 late in the third period to claw back into the game and the series. Johnson scored the first goal to narrow the deficit to 2-1, then assisted on Ondrej Palat's equalizer before winning it just 2:25 into overtime to tie the series at two. Johnson's breakout season has extended into the playoffs as he has four goals and five points in four post-season contests.
Apr 23 - 11:15 PM

Jason Garrison will make his playoff debut while Mark Barberio and Vladislav Namestnikov take a seat in Game Four against Detroit on Thursday night.

Garrison posted four goals and 30 points in 70 games for the Lightning this season, including 11 points on the power play.

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