Player News - Lightning

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Alex Killorn potted a goal for the Lightning in their 2-1 win over the Hurricanes on Saturday night.

Killorn’s third-period goal was effectively the game-winning goal. The marker was his first since Nov. 29, a span of 12 games without lightning the lamp. He also had four penalty minutes. Killorn has eight goals and 15 points in 29 games this season. Nikita Kucherov got the other goal in the victory.
Dec 27 - 9:51 PM

Ben Bishop kicked away 25 of 26 shots in the Lightning’s 2-1 win over the Hurricanes on Saturday night.

Bishop yielded the goal with less than six minutes remaining in the game to make things interesting. The win snaps a three-game losing streak for Bishop, who now has a 2.30 goals-against average and .915 save percentage on the season.
Dec 27 - 9:50 PM

Ben Bishop will get the nod Saturday night against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Updating an earlier report, Ben Bishop will be the starting goalie for the Lightning Saturday night against the 'Canes. Bishop has been out since December 15th when he suffered a lower-body-injury but is feeling well enough to take the ice this evening. When healthy, Bishop is one of the league's best, so get him back in your lineup as soon as you can.
Dec 27 - 5:13 PM

Despite practicing on Saturday, defenseman Jason Garrison won't be able to play for the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight.

In 35 games, Garrison has three goals and 17 points, eight PIM, 23 hits, 42 blocked shots. a +12 rating and 57 SOG. That makes him a depth-level blueliner in most formats, as the Bolts have a multitude of useful defensemen, making it tougher for Garrison to stand out.
Dec 27 - 3:48 PM

If you are looking for lightning in a bottle, consider picking up Cedric Paquette for Saturday night's game against Carolina.

He is practicing with Steven Stamkos and Brett Connolly as we write this. Paquette could notch a few points and be worth adding just for Saturday night.
Dec 27 - 10:44 AM

Jonathan Drouin is not participating in Tampa's practice Saturday morning.

Apparently Drouin felt ill. The team is hoping that he has not contracted the mumps. Drouin's spot on the Steven Stamkos line is being filled by Cedric Paquette. As soon as we know more about Drouin's condition we will forward it on.
Dec 27 - 10:41 AM

Jason Garrison is taking part in Tampa's practice Saturday morning.

That is good news as Garrison sustained an undisclosed injury last Saturday and missed Tuesday's game. We would consider Garrison as probable for the tilt against the Hurricanes.
Dec 27 - 10:36 AM

Ben Bishop is Tampa's likely starter for Saturday's contest against the Hurricanes.

Bishop is currently on the ice for the Bolts' morning skate and given that he indicated he would be ready to make the start and the Lightning returned Andrei Vasilevskiy to the AHL on Wednesday, we think he will be between the pipes after missing three games with a lower-body injury.
Dec 27 - 10:33 AM

Ben Bishop appears as though he'll be back from a lower-body injury on Saturday.

Tampa Bay reassigned Andrei Vasilevskiy, who was up with the team on an emergency basis, to the minors on Wednesday. He played well during Bishop's absence, picking up two wins in three appearances. We'll keep you posted but it looks like fantasy owners will get Bishop back this weekend.
Dec 25 - 10:59 AM

Andrei Vasilevskiy has been returned to AHL Syracuse.

He was up with the Lightning on an emergency recall, but Ben Bishop is poised to return to the lineup on Saturday. Vasilevskiy was impressive in three appearances with Tampa Bay. He posted a 2-1-0 record with a 2.01 goals-against average and .940 save percentage.
Dec 24 - 4:43 PM

Ondrej Palat contributed three assists in a 4-3 win against Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.

Palat got back on the scoresheet in his third game back from a lower-body injury. He didn't have a point or a shot on goal in his previous two outings. The sophomore forward has 22 points and a plus-18 rating in 32 matches.
Dec 24 - 11:27 AM

Nikita Kucherov picked up a goal and two assists in Tampa Bay's 4-3 victory against Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

Tampa's second line was excellent on the night, with three goals coming from Tyler Johnson and three assists being posted by Ondrej Palat. "That line hasn't really been together for a couple of weeks now, but they are finally back healthy," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "They showed what they can do, and it was pretty impressive." He has amassed 33 points in 36 games this year
Dec 24 - 11:22 AM

Tyler Johnson buried three goals for the Lightning on Tuesday night as they defeated Pittsburgh by a score of 4-3.

Johnson's sophomore campaign has been fantastic overall and his play of late has been even more notable. He is currently in the midst of a five-game point streak during which he has collected five goals and three assists. Nikita Kucherov also scored for the Bolts while Ondrej Palat drew three helpers in the win.
Dec 24 - 12:15 AM

Tampa Bay netminder Andrei Vasilevskiy recorded his second career victory on Tuesday as he stopped 26 of 29 shots in a 4-3 win over Pittsburgh.

Although Ben Bishop is nearing a return to the Tampa Bay lineup, Vasilevskiy is proving that he's capable of handling the load for an NHL team thanks to a 2-1-0 record in three starts. Look for the young Russian to return to the minors once Bishop is deemed fit to play.
Dec 24 - 12:12 AM

Jason Garrison has a "decent" chance to play on Saturday, but he won't suit up for Tuesday's contest versus Pittsburgh.

The Lighting blueliner didn't take part in the morning skate. Garrison suffered an undisclosed injury on Saturday.
Dec 23 - 1:13 PM


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