Player News - Lightning

Date: Team: Pos:

Adam Erne (lower body) did not take part in Tuesday's practice.

Tampa Bay is prepping for Round 2 of the playoffs, but Erne's status remains unclear. He hasn't played since Mar. 26 because of a lower-body injury.
Apr 24 - 5:00 PM

Tampa Bay's penalty kill was great in Round 1 of the playoffs against New Jersey.

The Lightning killed off 16 of 19 New Jersey power plays, including the last 15. The Devils scored twice 5-on-3 advantages in the series. Tampa Bay ranked 28th on the penalty kill during the regular season. "All the matters is killing the next penalty," Lightning associate coach Rick Bowness said. "Doesn't matter what's gone on. Doesn't matter where you finished the regular season. Right now, all that matters is killing that first penalty (of the next game)."
Apr 24 - 10:13 AM

Anthony Cirelli recorded his first career playoff point on Saturday.

Cirelli had an assist in the Lightning's 3-1 win over New Jersey in Game 5. The 20-year-old forward scored five goals and 11 points in 18 regular season games.
Apr 22 - 11:21 AM

Steven Stamkos recorded at least a point in each game of the first round.

The Lightning bested the Devils in five games while Stamkos contributed a goal and six points. It was a good showing out of Stamkos, though Nikita Kucherov was their standout player with five goals and 10 points in the first round. Still, that's part of the Lightning's strength. They have a superstar in Stamkos, but the Lightning have so many offensive weapons that Stamkos doesn't always need to be the hero.
Apr 22 - 11:19 AM

Ryan McDonagh registered an assist in the Lightning's 3-1 win over New Jersey in Game 5 on Saturday.

That game ended the first round series and McDonagh finished with four points in five contests. That's a pretty strong showing out of the defensemen, who also averaged 22:52 minutes per game. The Lightning acquired him from the Rangers to aide in their playoff push and so far that trade has paid off nicely.
Apr 22 - 11:17 AM

Ryan Callahan found the back of the net in his return to lineup on Saturday afternoon.

Callahan missed two playoff games because of an upper-body injury. He scored an empty-net marker in Game 5 to seal the series and eliminate New Jersey. Callahan finished the contest with two shots, three hits and one block in 11:27 of ice time.
Apr 21 - 6:13 PM

Nikita Kucherov netted the game-winning goal in Game 5 to send Tampa Bay into the second round and eliminate the New Jersey Devils.

Kucherov provided an important insurance goal at the 12:27 mark of the third period and it ended up being the game winner after New Jersey got a goal from Patrick Maroon with three minutes remaining. Kucherov scored five goals in the series and he generated nine points in five contests. Tampa Bay will host Boston or Toronto in the second round.
Apr 21 - 6:10 PM

Mikhail Sergachev scored his first NHL playoff goal in Saturday's 3-1 win over New Jersey.

Sergachev opened the scoring a little more than eight minutes into the first period in Game 5. His marker nearly held up as the game winner, but New Jersey finally got a goal with three minutes left in the third period. Nikita Kucherov and Ryan Callahan also scored for the Lightning in the victory. Tampa Bay will host Boston or Toronto in Round 2 of the playoffs.
Apr 21 - 6:06 PM

Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 26 shots in a 3-1 win over New Jersey in a series-clinching Game 5 victory.

Vasilevskiy nearly had a shutout, but that was taken away from him with just three minutes remaining in the third period. The Lightning netminder only allowed two goals in the final two games of the series on 55 shots.
Apr 21 - 6:02 PM

Ryan Callahan (upper body) will play Saturday afternoon.

Callahan, who missed two games due to an upper-body injury, was on the fourth line alongside Chris Kunitz and Cedric Paquette during the line rushes at the pregame warmups, while Cory Conacher was the odd man out. Conacher is officially listed as a scratch.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 21 - 2:58 PM

Andrei Vasilevskiy will start Game 5 on Saturday afternoon.

Vasilevskiy has been superb in the playoffs with a 3-1 record, a 2.26 goals-against average and a .937 save percentage. He can finish off the Devils with a victory on Saturday.
Apr 21 - 2:42 PM

Ryan Callahan (upper body) is on the ice for the pregame warmups ahead of Game 5.

Cory Conacher is also on the ice, though. Callahan is listed as a game-time decision to play against New Jersey on Saturday afternoon.
Apr 21 - 2:41 PM

Ryan McDonagh has been a key contributor for the Tampa Bay Lightning since being acquired at the trade deadline.

"The big thing for me is the way he is breaking pucks out (of the defensive zone)," coach Jon Cooper said. "We can sit here and talk about all the other parts to his game, but I can tell you, (we're) spending less time in the defensive zone, and a big reason is because Ryan McDonagh is breaking the puck out himself. All our (defensemen) have been doing a good job with that, but he especially has just brought an additional element to our game that we didn't have before. And now to get to play him 22 to 25 minutes, that's definitely a bonus for us.'' The 28-year-old has three assists in four playoff games this postseason.
Apr 21 - 10:16 AM

Ryan Callahan (upper body) will be a game-time decision for Game 5 Saturday afternoon.

Callahan has missed the Lightning's last two games due to the injury. He was able to fully participate in Friday's practice though. "He's progressing so we'll re-evaluate him and see how he's doing tomorrow," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "He's definitely a game-time decision."
Source: NHL.com
Apr 20 - 4:25 PM

Otto Somppi has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Somppi generated 28 goals and 83 points in 59 games with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2017-18. The Lightning announced the signing on Thursday. Somppi was a seventh-round pick, 206th overall, at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Apr 20 - 9:53 AM


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