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Victor Hedman potted his 15th goal of the year on Tuesday night.

He tied the game at 1-1 shortly after the Coyotes took a 1-0 lead. Hedman had two shots, one hit, one block and a minus-1 rating in 25:41 of ice time during Tampa Bay's 5-3 loss to Arizona. The Lightning blueliner has 60 points for the first time in his NHL career.
Mar 22 - 11:27 AM

Vladislav Namestnikov (lower body) returned to action on Tuesday March 21.

Namestnikov missed three consecutive games. He scored his 10th goal of the season in his return.
Mar 22 - 1:40 AM

Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 30 of 34 shots in a 5-3 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday.

The Lightning netminder has now suffered three straight regulation losses for the first time since he went on a run of six-straight losses in January. He has also given up four goals in each of those three losses, dropping his record to 17-16-6 on the year. He will look to bounce back on Thursday when Tampa visits Boston to take on the Bruins.
Mar 21 - 10:35 PM

Nikita Kucherov picked up a goal and an assist in a 5-3 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday.

Kucherov took a nice pass from Ondrej Palat and buried his 34th goal of the year, tying him for third most in the NHL. If Kucherov can get the Lightning to the post-season, he will have a serious case for the Hart Trophy with 24 points in his last 14 games. He's currently sitting at 73 points in 65 games this season, good enough for 6th most in the league.
Mar 21 - 10:26 PM

Greg McKegg will be a healthy scratch in Tuesday's game against the Arizona Coyotes.

The Bolts are using defenseman Luke Witkowski as a forward instead of McKegg, who's a natural forward. McKegg has three goals and three assists in 38 games this season.
Mar 21 - 7:28 PM

Andrei Vasilevskiy will be between the pipes for Tuesday's game against the Arizona Coyotes.

Vasilevskiy was the first goalie off the ice during the team's morning skate. He's dropped back-to-back starts to the Maple Leafs and Capitals, and he's given up four goals in each of those two games. He has a 17-15-6 record with a 2.64 goals-against-average and a .916 save percentage.
Mar 21 - 6:18 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning signed Libor Hajek to a three-year entry-level contract on Tuesday.

Hajek comes in with a bit of extra intrigue, as the pick he was selected with (37th overall in 2016) was acquired when Tampa Bay sent another promising defender Anthony DeAngelo to Arizona. Hajek, meanwhile, is still just 19-years-old and has posted consecutive 26-point seasons for WHL Saskatoon.
Mar 21 - 2:17 PM

Vladislav Namestnikov expects to return from a lower-body injury on Tuesday night.

He was a full participant at Monday's practice, but hasn't received the green light to return yet. We should get confirmation on Namestnikov's status after the morning skate.
Mar 21 - 10:36 AM

Cedric Paquette (lower body) got back on the ice Monday for the first time since he was hurt on Mar. 9.

He was sporting a red no-contact jersey during the session, so he may not be ready to play on Tuesday night.
Mar 21 - 10:30 AM

Joel Vermin has been called up by Tampa Bay.

Vladislav Namestnikov could be ready to return on Tuesday, but if he can't then Vermin will be available to play.
Mar 20 - 5:28 PM

Vladislav Namestnikov (lower body) took part in Tampa Bay's practice Monday in a regular jersey.

He skated on a line between Gabriel Dumont and Jonathan Drouin. That's a great sign after he skated with the team recently while sporting a red no-contact sweater. Namestnikov re-aggravated his injury last Monday against the New York Rangers and he has missed the last three games as a result.
Mar 20 - 11:17 AM

Tyler Johnson (lower body) hasn't skated with the team since March 16.

Johnson was not on the ice again for Monday's session. He has missed the past five games with a lower-body injury.
Mar 20 - 11:12 AM

Alex Killorn snapped a 16-game goal drought on Saturday.

He didn't have a point for 12 straight games before getting his 17th goal of the season in a 5-3 loss to Washington. Killorn knows he has to be much better with Tampa Bay trying to claim a playoff berth. "We need some scoring from more guys, myself included," he said. "I haven't been scoring enough, I haven't been producing enough in the last 15 games. We need a lot more from a lot of guys. We need to step up."
Mar 20 - 11:06 AM

Bryan Froese was returned to AHL Syracuse on Sunday.

It's been a whirlwind season for the 26-year-old, who has no points in six NHL games this season (four with Tampa). He does however have three points in two games with the Crunch, as well as 24 goals and 39 points in 43 games for the Marlies.
Mar 19 - 2:01 PM

Joel Vermin was returned to AHL Syracuse on Sunday.

He has 12 goals and 28 points in 40 games with the Crunch this season. Vermin also has three helpers in 11 games with the Lightning.
Mar 19 - 1:59 PM


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