Player News - Lightning

Date: Team: Pos:

Matt Carle (abdominal injury) may be back next week.

Coach Jon Cooper is looking at that as a possible return scenario. Carle is still expected to play in mid-March.
Mar 4 - 3:01 PM

Ben Bishop dressed as Tampa Bay's backup against Buffalo after he took a shot to his midsection area on Tuesday morning.

Coach Jon Cooper said Bishop was hit "below the belt and above the thigh," but he added that the netminder was "fine." The Lightning may have kept him out as a precaution.
Mar 4 - 11:48 AM

Victor Hedman tallied a power-play goal in Tampa Bay's 3-0 blanking of Buffalo on Tuesday.

He scored his eighth goal of the season to give the Lightning a 3-0 lead early in the second period. Hedman has five points in his last seven games, but that was his first goal in 11 contests.
Mar 4 - 11:43 AM

Steve Stamkos potted his 36th goal in Tuesday's 3-0 win over Buffalo.

He has registered four goals in his last three games and he's racked up 16 shots on goal during that span. Stamkos sits third in the NHL goal scoring race and he has 59 points in 65 games this campaign.
Mar 4 - 11:39 AM

Ryan Callahan buried his 20th goal of the season Tuesday as the Lightning shut out Buffalo by a score of 3-0.

This season marks the fourth time in his career that he has crossed this threshold, but his first time since the 2011-12 campaign. Steve Stamkos also registered his 36th in the win while Victor Hedman added his eighth.
Mar 3 - 10:51 PM

Andrei Vasilevskiy earned his first NHL shutout Tuesday as the Lightning blanked Buffalo by a score of 3-0.

The fact that his first clean sheet came against the anemic Sabres is tempered by the fact he had to turn away 28 shots to get it. Although he's clearly not the starter for the Bolts, could offer value in daily leagues where his 5-3-1 record, 2.21 GAA and .921 save percentage can be of use.
Mar 3 - 10:49 PM

Braydon Coburn will pair with Jason Garrison in his Lightning debut against the Sabres on Tuesday night.

Through 39 games with the Flyers, Coburn posted a goal, nine points, 56 hits, and 56 blocks. He has been averaging 20:14 of ice time and will combine with Garrison to form Tampa Bay's second defensive unit.
Mar 3 - 7:14 PM

Andrei Vasilevskiy was given the late start against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.

Ben Bishop was "dinged" during the morning practice, so Vasilevskiy gets the start. Through eight starts and 10 games this season, he's posted a 4-3-1 record with 22 goals against with four Quality Starts and just one Really Bad Start. Vasilevskiy played Buffalo on New Year's Eve in 2014 to the tune of a one-goal and 10-save victory.
Mar 3 - 7:06 PM

Nikita Nesterov will be scratched against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.

Through 18 games this season, the rookie Nesterov has accumulated four points, 11 blocks, 12 PIMs, and 26 hits. Not much fantasy value there.
Source: NHL.com
Mar 3 - 6:56 PM

Ben Bishop was made a late scratch on Tuesday night against the Buffalo Sabres.

Apparently, Bishop was "dinged" during the morning skate, so Andrei Vasilevskiy will get the nod instead. Bishop however does own a shiny 31-11-3 record with a .913 save percentage and a 2.39 GAA through 49 games this season. Bear in mind he's also racked up 27 Quality Starts against seven Really Bad Starts. His RBS ranks tied for fourth-most in the league.
Mar 3 - 5:28 PM

Luke Witkowski has been assigned to the minors.

The Lightning added Braydon Coburn in a deal with Philadelphia, so Witkowski will return to AHL Syracuse. Witkowski has skated in 10 games with the Lightning this season.
Mar 2 - 11:12 AM

Tampa Bay leads the league with 117 power-play opportunities on the road this season.

The Lightning have a 14.5 percent success rate compared to a 20.6 percent at home. "A power-play goal at a crucial time in a game can make a huge difference," GM Steve Yzerman said. "We don't have to have the best power play in the league, but you've got to be able to count on your power play to score a big goal."
Mar 2 - 9:07 AM

Braydon Coburn has been traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The return for the former Philadelphia defenseman included Radko Gudas, along with a first- and third-round picks in 2015. In 39 games this season, Coburn has one goal, nine points, 56 hits and 56 blocks. He has been averaging 20:14 of ice time and will provide some depth to the Lightning back end.
Source: TSN.ca
Mar 2 - 7:22 AM

Ben Bishop allowed four goals on 26 shots in Sunday's 4-3 loss to Florida.

The loss ends Bishop's four-game winning streak. It's the first time since February 12th that Bishop allows more than two goals in a game. The 28-year-old's record falls to 31-11-3 on the season. He is an extremely strong play in standard fantasy leagues down the stretch.
Mar 1 - 8:13 PM

Anton Stralman scored a goal and an assist in Sunday's 4-3 loss to Florida.

The Panthers scored the first goal of the game but Stralman's goal at the 12:08 mark of the first period tied the game one. The 28-year-old also registered an assist on Tampa Bay's last goal (scored by Tyler Johnson). Stralman has five goals and 32 points this season. Steven Stamkos also scored for the Lightning.
Mar 1 - 8:03 PM


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