Player News - Lightning

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Joel Vermin was returned to AHL Syracuse on Sunday.

Vermin has posted just a pair of assists in nine games with the Lightning this season. Meanwhile he has picked up seven goals and 13 points in 23 games down on the farm.
Jan 22 - 3:38 PM

Erik Condra cleared waivers on Sunday.

Which means he's eligible to be sent back to AHL Syracuse, his most likely next destination. Nothing is official just yet, so don't be too surprise if he sticks with the club a little longer. Condra is pointless through 10 games with the Lightning this season.
Jan 22 - 2:23 PM

J.T. Brown may be nearing a return to action.

He has been out of action the past two weks due to an upper-body injury but is now practising with his Tampa teammates. Although Brown is valuable to the Bolts, he is not a fantasy asset.
Jan 22 - 11:43 AM

Nikita Kucherov had a stong game against the Coyotes Saturday night.

Although he leads the Lightning in goals scored with 17, Kucherov has hardly been taking any shots on goal. In his last four games before Saturday, Kucherov had taken only eight shots on goal. Saturday against Arizona, he directed six shots towards Mike Smith. As shooting is a pre-condition to scoring, that is good news for Kucherov owners.
Jan 22 - 11:40 AM

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

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