Player News - Lightning

Date: Team: Pos:

Joel Vermin has been returned to AHL Syracuse.

If Cedric Paquette isn't ready to play by Thursday then Vermin could be back up with the Lightning. Tampa Bay will re-evaluate their injured players on Wednesday and then make a decision.
Mar 28 - 12:20 PM

Anton Stralman had a goal and an assist Monday night in a 5-4 OT win against Chicago.

He picked up both points during Tampa Bay's second-period comeback after the team went down by a score of 4-1. Stralman has contributed 18 points in 66 outings this campaign.
Mar 28 - 11:16 AM

Victor Hedman collected three assists Monday night in a 5-4 overtime win against Chicago.

He has generated 50 helpers along with 65 points in 72 games this season. It has been a career year for Hedman offensively and he has been a point-per-game player over the past couple of months.
Mar 28 - 11:13 AM

Nikita Kucherov extended his point streak to five consecutive contests on Monday night.

He posted multi-point efforts in each of those games. Kucherov had two helpers in Monday's 5-4 OT win against Chicago. He has 80 points in 68 games this season.
Mar 28 - 11:06 AM

Ondrej Palat notched a goal and an assist Monday night in a 5-4 OT win versus Chicago.

He has two goals and six helpers during a five-game point streak. Palat has racked up 14 points in 14 appearances this March as the Lightning compete for a playoff spot in the East.
Mar 28 - 11:02 AM

Yanni Gourde scored the game-winning goal in overtime against Chicago on Monday night.

The 25-year-old forward has chipped in two goals and one assist in 13 games with the Lightning. Gourde accounted for a big goal for his team to get two points in the standings in a tight Eastern Conference Wild Card playoff race. He capped off a thrilling comeback for the Lightning after they rallied from a 4-1 deficit.
Mar 28 - 10:56 AM

Tampa Bay goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made 25 saves in the Lightning's 5-4 overtime victory over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks Monday night.

Vasilevskiy actually was pulled in this one. Peter Budaj came in during the first period and made three saves before Vasilevskiy returned to the net. He ended up with the win when Yanni Gourde scored the winner with 35 seconds remaining in the OT period. Vasilevskiy is now 19-16-6.
Mar 28 - 12:03 AM

Jonathan Drouin scored twice in the Tampa Bay Lightning's dramatic, 5-4 overtime triumph over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks Monday night.

Drouin scored his second goal of the night -- and 20th of the season -- on a Tampa Bay power play at 16:24 of the second period. It tied the game at 4-4. With 35 seconds left in OT, Yanne Gourde found the net with his second goal of the season to complete the Lightning's comeback win. The Hawks were up 4-1 early in the second period. Assisting on Gourde's goal was high-scoring defenseman Victor Hedman. It was his 50th assist of the season and third of the game. Hedman also assisted on Drouin's game-tying goal and on Ondrej Palat's power-play goal in the first period. Palat has 16 goals on the season. Also scoring for the Lightning in this one was Anton Stralman, his fourth of the season. With the win, Tampa Bay is one point out of the second wild-card spot.
Mar 27 - 11:45 PM

Andrei Vasilevskiy will probably play between the pipes Monday night.

Vasilevskiy was the first goalie off the ice following the morning skate, which is usually a good gauge of who the starter will be. He has a 2.63 GAA and .916 save percentage in 43 games this season.
Mar 27 - 11:26 AM

Tyler Johnson (lower body) wasn't on the ice for Sunday's practice.

The silver lining is that Johnson did skate before his teammates and Lightning coach Jon Cooper reported that he's making progress. Johnson won't be able to return on Monday though.
Mar 26 - 2:42 PM

Cedric Paquette (lower body) was wearing a regular jersey as opposed to a no-contact one during Sunday's practice.

Paquette might be ready to return to the Lightning's lineup on Monday, but we'll have to wait for further updates. He's missed eight consecutive contests.
Mar 26 - 2:41 PM

Jason Garrison (lower body) is not practicing with his teammates Sunday.

That is not a good sign as the lower-body injury that kept Garrison out of Friday's game seems to still be bothering him. Consider Garrison day-to-day.
Mar 26 - 11:33 AM

Slater Koekkoek is back with Syracuse of the AHL.

He was called up on an emergency basis but was not needed and scratched Friday night. Koekkoek will be back the next time a Tampa defenseman sustains an injury.
Mar 26 - 11:30 AM

Don't be shocked if Peter Budaj re-signs with Tampa after the season.

Budaj, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent, has played well in three starts with Tampa and seems to be a perfect partner to starter Andrei Vasilevskiy. Bolts' coach Jon Coooper seems to like the Budak/Vasilevskiy tandem. "He's a veteran goalie and not afraid of these situations," said Cooper. "He's calm in net. He just exudes poise back there, and it's good for our team. You can put him in these situations and understand you're going to get a game from him." The Lightning would be looking to Budaj to start 25 games and mentor Vasilevskiy should he return to Tampa.
Mar 26 - 11:27 AM

It sounds like Tyler Johnson isn't close to returning from his lower-body injury.

Johnson hasn't played since Mar. 9 and it doesn't sound like his return is imminent. When asked if Johnson would play again this season, Lightning coach Jon Cooper answered: "I don't know," so he could realistically be out for the year. With the Lightning just one point out of a playoff spot, they could definitely use him.
Mar 25 - 10:42 AM


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