Player News - Lightning

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Ondrej Palat (lower body) will be sidelined for six-to-eight weeks.

That's a big blow to the Lightning, as the team was already playing without top blueliner Victor Hedman. Palat has played well defensively this season, while contributing eight goals and 30 points in 46 games.
Jan 22 - 3:51 PM

Andrei Vasilevskiy will be in goal for Monday's matchup versus Chicago.

Vasilevskiy has lost his last three starts and he has allowed four goals or more in each of his past five outings. It's been a rough go of it lately for the Tampa Bay goalie even though he has been great for most of the season. Vasilevskiy has a 27-9-2 record with a 2.27 goals-against average and .927 save percentage.
Jan 22 - 3:48 PM

Matthew Peca will play Monday night against Chicago.

Peca was called up from the minors on Sunday along with Michael Bournival. He is slated to play alongside Alex Killorn and Yanni Gourde on the third line. Bournival will play on the fourth line.
Jan 22 - 3:29 PM

Nikita Kucherov is projected to play with Brayden Point and Tyler Johnson on Monday night.

Kucherov has been separated from Steven Stamkos before this season and it hasn't slowed him down. Stamkos is slated to play alongside Chris Kunitz and Vladislav Namestnikov against Chicago.
Jan 22 - 2:19 PM

Ondrej Palat (lower body) won't play this week.

Tampa Bay has three games before the All-Star break. Coach Jon Cooper isn't sure when Palat will be available to return. He is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury.
Jan 22 - 1:31 PM

Ondrej Palat is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury.

Palat traveled back to Tampa Bay to be evaluated further. The Lightning called up Matthew Peca and Michael Bournival on Sunday to help fill the void for a three-game road trip before the All-Star break.
Jan 22 - 10:57 AM

The Lightning promoted Michael Bournival on Sunday.

Bournival has 13 goals and 27 points in 40 AHL contests in 2017-18. He has 12 goals and 22 points in 108 career NHL games.
Jan 21 - 5:50 PM

Matthew Peca has been called up by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Peca has eight goals and 31 points in 42 AHL games this season. In 2016-17, he scored a goal and an assist in 10 contests with Tampa Bay.
Jan 21 - 5:49 PM

Ondrej Palat sustained an injury during the third period of Saturday's game.

Palat was slashed by Minnesota's Jared Spurgeon. It was originally unclear how serious Palat's injury was, but it's been revealed that he's returned to Tampa Bay for testing. Meanwhile, the Lightning will play in Chicago Monday night. He has eight goals and 30 points in 46 contests this season.
Jan 21 - 4:55 PM

Tampa Bay is going through its first real slump of the season.

The Lightning have now lost three straight games and five of their last seven games. They still have a 31-12-3 record, but the slump is nevertheless the source of some concern. "We’re just out of synch, it’s unreal," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "The guys didn’t forget how to play hockey in the last week and a half. We’re just out of synch. One guy zigs, the other guy zags. It’s crazy that in the last week and a half, we kind of lost our swag." It can't help that Victor Hedman is now on the sidelines, though the Lightning's decline started before his injury. At the end of the day though, a little bit of adversity now might be good for the Lightning in the long run as they look to address any underlining issues before the playoffs.
Jan 21 - 9:55 AM

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed four goals on 34 shots in a 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild.

It's become quite apparent that Vasilevskiy has lost his confidence and has now dropped three straight and four of his last five games, allowing a total of 23 goals across those five games. His record drops to 27-9-2 with a 2.27 goals against average and .927 save percentage. Most people thought he'd be able to bounce back off the bye week but he has allowed eight goals in two starts since the bye week.
Jan 21 - 1:26 AM

Brayden Point scored two goals in a 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild.

Point is now impressive up to 19 goals on the season, two ahead of Steven Stamkos and eight behind Nikita Kucherov for the team lead. Point has been one of the most consistent performers in the NHL this season, rarely going longer than a shift without making some noise. The 21-year-old center is now up to 42 points in 46 games this season.
Jan 21 - 1:08 AM

Updating a previous item, Cory Conacher will be a healthy scratch in Saturday's game against the Wild.

It looked like Andrej Sustr was going to be the only scratch for the Bolts on Saturday, but they opted to go with 11 forwards and seven defensemen, so Sustr is in. Conacher has three goals and three assists in 18 games this season.
Jan 20 - 9:11 PM

Andrei Vasilevskiy was the first goaltender off the ice at today's morning skate, indicating he will be the starter tonight against the Wild.

Vasilevskiy is on a cold run, losing three of his last four starts while allowing a combined 19 goals. It'll be a tough task against Minnesota but the Russian goaltender owns an impressive 3-0-1 career record against them with a 0.97 goals against average and .968 save percentage. Vasilevskiy has a 27-8-2 record with a 2.23 goals-against-average and a .929 save percentage this season.
Jan 20 - 1:06 PM

Steven Stamkos was not pleased with his performance following Thursday's 4-1 loss to Vegas.

Stamkos had one assist, three shots and a minus-3 rating in the defeat. "As a leader, I have to be a lot better, set an example," Stamkos said. "Our line didn't do that (Thursday). I'll take responsibility for that. We're behind the eight-ball to start games, which has been a trend as of late. It's just too hard of a league to play from behind all the time. I'll take responsibility to come out and play a lot better, lead the way. Our line didn't have it tonight." The Lightning will look to bounce back Saturday at Minnesota.
Jan 19 - 10:49 AM


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