Player News - Lightning

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Ben Bishop faced only 17 shots, gave up five goals, and was pulled at the end of the second period as the Lightning lost a 5-3 contest to the Coyotes Saturday night.

This was Bishop’s worst outing of the season. His previous low water mark came back on October 20 when he gave up four goals 16 shots against the Avalanche for a save percentage of .750. With this loss to the Coyotes, he dropped to .706. Andrei Vasilevskiy stepped into the crease for the third period and was perfect against six shots.
Jan 22 - 1:01 AM

Vladislav Namestnikov and Ondrej Palat scored in the third period, but their rally was insufficient to lift the Lightning as they lost 5-3 to the Coyotes Saturday.

The Bolts entered the third period with a 5-1 deficit and might have fared better if they had managed to get on the board earlier. Namestnikov scored at the 9:45 mark with an assist from Palat and Valtteri Filppula. Palat’s goal came at the 14:18 mark during a power play. This was Namestnikov’s sixth goal of the season and the 10th for Palat.
Jan 22 - 12:53 AM

Jake Dotchin will make his NHL debut on Saturday against Arizona.

The 22-year-old Dotchin has 12 points and 77 PIMs in 33 games for AHL Syracuse so far this season.
Jan 21 - 8:03 PM

Jason Garrison will not play in Saturday's match with the Coyotes due to illness.

Through 45 games so far this season the veteran blue liner has posted six points along with 56 hits and 61 blocks thus far.
Jan 21 - 7:42 PM

Victor Hedman is warming up for Saturday's match with Arizona, which means he's going to play.

Great news for the Lightning as he's missed the last few games due to illness. Through 44 games he has seven goals and 38 points along with 51 hits and 73 blocks.
Jan 21 - 7:41 PM

It'll be Ben Bishop between the pipes on Saturday against Arizona.

Since returning to action on Jan. 12th, Bishop is 2-0-1 with five goals against on 79 combined shots. Considering how little fire power Arizona has, we'd consider this another opportunity for a strong start by the veteran netminder.
Jan 21 - 7:32 PM

On Saturday the Lightning waived Erik Condra.

Assuming he clears waivers, expect Condra to be sent back to AHL Syracuse. He has seven goals and 23 points in 24 games down on the farm, though he's pointless in 10 games with the Lightning this season.
Jan 21 - 12:36 PM

There's no doubt that the Tampa Bay Lightning have missed Victor Hedman.

Hedman has been out for three games because of an illness, and the Bolts have managed to score just four goals during that span. "He adds a huge element on the offensive side for us," head coach Jon Cooper said. "To have that kind of boost from somebody on the back end is definitely something we've missed." Hedman practiced with the team on Friday, which means there's a decent chance he could suit up on Saturday.
Jan 21 - 10:49 AM

J.T. Brown (upper body) took part in Friday's practice.

Brown was wearing a no-contact jersey, so his return likely isn't imminent. He has four points and 50 penalty minutes in 35 games this season.
Jan 20 - 6:05 PM

Victor Hedman (illness) took part in Friday's practice.

Hedman has missed three straight games because he's been sick. He might draw into the lineup on Saturday, but that hasn't been confirmed.
Jan 20 - 6:04 PM

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed just two goals on 24 shots but took the loss 2-1 to the San Jose Sharks on Thursday.

Vasilevskiy has now lost five straight starts. He has played well in his last two starts conversationally. He's just 10-11-2 with a 2.93 GAA and .906 save percentage in 23 starts this year. It's been a weird year in Tampa Bay but could turn around at anytime with the star power if everyone gets healthy for the Lightning.
Jan 20 - 2:37 AM

Jonathan Drouin scored the lone goal for Tampa Bay in a 2-1 loss to San Jose on Thursday.

Drouin scored a beauty on the power-play. He skated down the right circle past Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic, cut sharply in front of the crease, and beat Dell with a wrist shot for his 14th goal of the season. It was Drouin's 23rd point in his past 22 games and 30th point overall.
Jan 20 - 2:16 AM

Erik Condra and Jake Dotchin will be scratched from Thursday's match with the Sharks.

The 30-year-old winger is still looking for his first points of the season through 10 games with the Lightning however, Condra does have seven goals and 23 points in 24 games down on the farm. Dotchin meanwhile is having his third straight quality season with the Crunch down in the AHL, posting 12 points with 77 PIMs in just 33 games.
Jan 19 - 9:33 PM

Brayden Point (upper body) has skated a few times since getting hurt on Dec. 28.

Point has begun to work on his stickhandling. It's not clear when he'll be back, but at least he's progressing.
Jan 19 - 5:36 PM

Victor Hedman (illness) won't return on Thursday.

Hedman is going to miss his third straight game. He has seven goals and 38 points in 44 contests this season.
Jan 19 - 4:20 PM

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