Player News - Lightning

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Updating a previous item, Eric Brewer will draw into the lineup on Thursday against Toronto.

Mark Barberio will come out of the lineup for Brewer. This roster move has zero fantasy implications.
Nov 20 - 7:07 PM

J.T. Brown will be a healthy scratch against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.

The 24-year-old has one goal and three points in 18 games this season.
Nov 20 - 6:19 PM

Eric Brewer will be a healthy scratch on Thursday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Brewer has also been scratched in Tampa Bay's two last games. The 35-year-old has four assists in 16 games this season.
Nov 20 - 6:17 PM

Victor Hedman (hand) got the green light to resume shooting on Wednesday.

He feels like he's about a week and a half away from returning to Tampa Bay's lineup. Hedman has been sidelined since Oct. 18 because of a fractured finger, which required surgery to repair.
Nov 20 - 4:35 PM

Brett Connolly will return from a lower-body injury Thursday in Toronto.

He has sat out 12 games due to the ailment. In eight appearances this campaign, Connolly has two goals.
Nov 20 - 4:30 PM

Vladislav Namestnikov has impressed coach Jon Cooper with his progression in 2014-15.

"Just watching Vladdy grow from training camp to now, he's a different player," said the Tampa Bay bench boss. "The game has slowed down for him. He knows he has more time than he used to think he had. Now, when those guys get that ability to say, 'Hey, I actually can make this play,' they kind of play the game now to have success instead of not to screw up. And that's a big part of the mindset. And Vladdy is doing that right now, and I can't say enough about the way that kid is playing." Namestnikov has generated three goals and seven points in 20 games this season, while earning time on the Lightning's penalty kill. The 21-year-old forward is quickly becoming a good depth player on Tampa.
Nov 20 - 9:55 AM

Cedric Paquette sustained a lower-body injury in Tuesday's loss to the New York Islanders.

He was hurt midway through the first period when he blocked a shot by defenseman Nick Leddy while killing a penalty. Paquette has played well for the Lightning when called upon this year. He has contributed five goals and 17 hits in 11 games.
Nov 19 - 11:33 AM

Victor Hedman (hand) has not been cleared for shooting drills yet.

He is still wearing a splint after having surgery on his right pointer finger four weeks ago. "I just keep plugging away," Hedman said. "It's good to be in full gear and skating around and touch the puck a little bit. It's a process, so I'm just going to keep pushing forward." Hedman was firing on all cylinders before he got injured, with three goals and seven points in five games.
Nov 19 - 11:30 AM

Evgeni Nabokov struggled mightily against his former Islanders teammates Tuesday and ended up on the wrong end of a 5-2 decision.

Given a rare opportunity to start in place of Ben Bishop, Nabokov was beaten for five goals on 36 shots in the loss. He has given very little incentive to the Lightning coaches to assign him more playing time given that his 2-3-0 record is accompanied by a 3.71 GAA and an .870 save percentage.
Nov 18 - 10:14 PM

Tampa Bay winger Alex Killorn scored in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Islanders.

Killorn has now found the back of the net in back to back contests, but has recorded just four on the campaign. Though he offers a decent amount of penalty minutes, he doesn't score enough to be worthy of a roster spot in all but the deepest of rotisserie leagues. Ondrej Palat also tallied for the fifth time on the year in the losing effort.
Nov 18 - 9:58 PM

Eric Brewer has been scratched against his former team, the New York Islanders, on Tuesday night.

Brewer was the fifth overall pick all the way back in 1997. He was also a healthy scratch in Monday's win over the Rangers. Brett Connolly and Brendan Morrow will join him in the stands; coach Cooper did not state why.
Source: NHL.com
Nov 18 - 7:19 PM

Brett Connolly (lower body) might be back in the Lightning's lineup on Thursday.

Connolly feels like he could play on Tuesday, but he will miss at least one more contest. He has two goals and 12 penalty minutes in eight games in 2014-15.
Nov 18 - 1:02 PM

Just to confirm, Evgeni Nabokov will start on Tuesday.

Nabokov will get a chance to play against his old team, the New York Islanders. He has a 3.32 GAA and .874 save percentage in four games in 2014-15.
Nov 18 - 12:20 PM

Victor Hedman (hand) is attending Tampa Bay's road trip with his teammates.

He took to the ice on Monday after the team's practice. Hedman is projected to be available to return from a fractured finger in early December.
Nov 18 - 10:02 AM

Mark Barberio played for the first time since Nov. 1 on Monday night.

He logged 13:06 of ice time in a 5-1 win over the New York Rangers. Barberio posted one shot and a plus-1 rating. He has dressed in just four games and has spent most of the early part of the year as a healthy scratch. Eric Brewer took his place in the press box.
Nov 18 - 9:59 AM


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