Player News - Lightning

Date: Team: Pos:

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-yaer-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

Luke Witkowski and J.T. Brown are healthy scratches in Sunday's game against Florida.

Neither player has any fantasy relevance this season.
Mar 1 - 5:06 PM

Jonathan Drouin made an unbelievable pass to set up Brian Boyle with Tampa's first goal in a 4-0 win over Chicago Friday night.

It was a blind behind-the-back beauty as Drouin was just about to circle behind the Chicago net. For those of you who missed it, here is a link: http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=35&id=765493&lang=en Drouin will be an NHL star. It's not a matter of if, but when.
Source: NHL.com
Feb 28 - 11:33 AM

Look for Ben Bishop to start in goal Sunday in the Battle of Florida.

The Lightning will be travelling to Broward to face the Panthers for a 5:00 pm contest. Bishop is coming off a 28-save shutout against a very tough Chicago squad. He is a must start Sunday.
Feb 28 - 11:28 AM

Ben Bishop stopped all 28 shots he faced in Friday's 4-0 win over Chicago.

Bishop has now won four consecutive starts dating back to February 15th. The 28-year-old hasn't allowed more than two goals in any of those four games. His record improves to 31-10-3 and he has a 2.36 goals-against-average and a .914 save percentage this season. He will be one of the better fantasy goaltenders down the stretch.
Feb 27 - 10:50 PM

Steve Stamkos scored two goals in Friday's 4-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

The 25-year-old has now scored six goals and one assist in his last seven games. Stamkos is having another fine offensive season but he is under a point-per-game for the first time since his rookie season in 2008-09. He has 34 goals and 57 points in 63 games this season. He is on pace to score 44 goals in 2014-15. Brian Boyle and Ryan Callahan also scored for the Lightning.
Feb 27 - 10:37 PM

Victor Hedman was paired with Andrej Sustr in Friday night's pregame warm-up, and appears ready to play against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Looks like Hedman and the Lightning avoided a big scare. The linchpin defenseman ranks second on the team among defensemen with 28 points through 42 games this season. He has 32 PIMs and 77 blocks as well.
Feb 27 - 7:32 PM

JT Brown will tag in for Brenden Morrow on Friday night against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Through 37 games this season, Brown has accumulated just five points, 21 PIMs, and 31 hits. Not much fantasy value there, unfortunately. He'll skate on the fourth line to the right of Jonathan Drouin and Brian Boyle.
Source: NHL.com
Feb 27 - 7:09 PM

Brenden Morrow and Luke Witkowski will be scratched against the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night.

Through 52 games this season, the veteran Morrow has just six points to go along with 50 PIMs and 83 hits. He no longer has much fantasy value.
Source: NHL.com
Feb 27 - 7:07 PM

Ben Bishop will get the start against the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night.

Bishop comes in having posted a 30-10-3 record through 47 games this season with a .912 save percentage and a 2.41 GAA. He also owns a 2-1-1 record in four career starts with 13 goals against versus Chicago. Though perhaps what's most telling is Bishop's 4-2-1 in seven starts record in February with just 18 goals against.
Feb 27 - 5:44 PM

Victor Hedman (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision on Friday, according to head coach Jon Cooper.

Hedman left Thursday's practice early for precautionary reasons. He was on the ice Friday morning though and reported that he feels fine. With that in mind, we think he'll end up in the Lightning's lineup on Friday, but we're nevertheless listing him as day-to-day for now.
Feb 27 - 12:30 PM


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