Player News - Lightning

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Tyler Johnson (lower body) will not play in Sunday’s All-Star Game, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

Unlike players who dropped out last-minute because of injuries and never came to the event, Johnson will be eligible to play in the Lightning’s first game after the break because he is in Columbus. Tampa Bay visits the Hurricanes on Jan. 27. Johnson has 17 goals and 48 points this season. It’s unclear if the NHL will allow rookie Mike Hoffman to participate in the game so that Team Toews fields a complete lineup.
Jan 24 - 10:43 PM

Team Foligno’s Jonathan Drouin won the fastest skater event at the NHL All-Star skills competition with a time of 13.103 seconds.

Team Foligno swept the event with all five skaters winning their respective heats. Phil Kessel defeated Tyler Seguin, Jiri Sekac knocked off Mike Hoffman and Zemgus Girgensons was quicker than Vladimir Tarasenko. Drouin defeated Mike Hoffman 13.103 seconds to 13.163 seconds.
Jan 24 - 7:39 PM

USA TODAY Sports NHL columnist Kevin Allen thinks that Tyler Johnson could be Team USA’s No. 1 center at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

The 2014 All-Star has emerged as a "possible difference-maker," Allen said. Johnson has 48 points and a plus-26 rating this season in 46 games. He has also been a total steal in fantasy leagues as the Lightning’s second-line center. "The offense and creativity were always there, but it's the skating that has really taken another step ahead," said TSN’s Craig Button.
Jan 24 - 7:08 PM

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Tyler Johnson will skip the 2015 All-Star Game skills competition because of a lower-body injury.

Johnson's been nursing some issues, so it makes sense that he's at least taking this event off on Saturday night.
Jan 24 - 5:11 PM

Luke Witkowski played just over 14 minutes in his NHL debut on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old was Tampa Bay's sixth round pick back in 2008 (160th overall). "Everybody wants to be able to play in an NHL game, but there are no guarantees, so I’ve just tried to take it day by day and I’m a little speechless at the moment,’’ said Witkowski. "It feels like a lot of work has gone into this day and I’m really looking forward to trying to take it all in.’’ Witkowski is more of a stay-at-home defenseman, so his fantasy upside is limited to non-existent. He had no points or shots on goal in his first game.
Jan 24 - 9:54 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning are the top team in the Eastern Conference heading into the All-Star break.

Tampa Bay's 64 points are one ahead of the Red Wings and Islanders. They are just one of four teams to reach the 30-win mark so far this season, but GM Steve Yzerman knows they have to improve in certain areas, including their road record. "I think, collectively, we are a very young group and it’s difficult to win on the road in the NHL,’’ Yzerman said. "The more experience our young guys get going into these good teams and their buildings and playing these games, it’s a good experience. There are things that we have to do, that we have to go through." The Lightning are just 11-10-3 away from home this season.
Jan 24 - 9:49 AM

Steve Stamkos could see himself re-signing with the Tampa Bay Lightning on July 1.

That's the earliest Stamkos is eligible to sign a new contract. If he wanted to, he could play out the 2015-16 campaign and then have his choice of teams as an unrestricted free agent, but he enjoys playing in Tampa Bay and says he wants to stay. The big question is how much he'll get paid. Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews agreed to matching eight-year, $84 million contracts, so you would have to think that Stamkos could command even more if he wanted. At the same time, the salary cap looked a lot healthier when Kane and Toews signed. Now that the Canadian Dollar has crashed, the long-term cap numbers appear less certain and it will be interesting to see if Stamkos ends up taking a little less as a result.
Jan 23 - 2:11 PM

Victor Hedman contributed a pair of helpers in a 4-1 win against Vancouver on Tuesday night.

He snapped a four-game scoring skid with his eighth multi-point performance of the 2014-14 campaign. Hedman has 22 points and a plus-11 rating in 28 appearances.
Jan 21 - 9:27 AM

Valtteri Filppula notched a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 4-1 win over Vancouver.

He was back on a line with Steve Stamkos and Ryan Callahan in the contest. Filppula opened the scoring with his ninth goal of the season and he picked up his 24th assist on a goal by Alex Killorn to give Tampa Bay a 2-0 lead. He has recorded two goals and six points in his last seven outings.
Jan 21 - 9:23 AM

Ben Bishop stopped 27 of 28 shots in an excellent performance Tuesday en route to a 4-1 win over the Canucks.

Bishop and the Lightning have been red hot of late with the lanky netminder having won six of his last seven starts to improve his record to 24-7-2 on the season. His GAA of 2.34 and save percentage of .914 are respectable, but not nearly as impressive as his record.
Jan 21 - 12:11 AM

Alex Killorn scored a pair of goals for the Lightning on Tuesday as part of a 4-1 win over Vancouver.

Killorn reached double-digits by scoring his 10th of the campaign early in the third period then added his 11th into an empty net to seal the win. Valtteri Filppula and Brian Boyle also found the back of the net for Tampa Bay in the win.
Jan 21 - 12:07 AM

Mark Barberio and JT Brown will be healthy scratches in Tuesday's tilt with the Vancouver Canucks.

Through 22 games, Barberio has barely registered on the score sheet. He has just two points, two penalty minutes, and 16 blocks this season. Brown, meanwhile, through 30 games has just five points, 21 PIMs, and 25 hits. Neither have much fantasy value.
Jan 20 - 7:29 PM

Ben Bishop will get the start against the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night.

Bishop comes in with a 23-7-2 record with 86 goals against over 36 games played so far this season. That's quite good. He's also beaten Vancouver in all three attempts, all in the calendar year of 2014, with just seven goals against. Start with confidence.
Jan 20 - 6:00 PM

Luke Witkowski will make his NHL debut Tuesday night against Vancouver.

He has six points and 75 penalty minutes in 35 games with AHL Syracuse this season. Witkowski is getting an opportunity to dress because of an injury to Matt Carle, who is expected to miss the next six-to-eight weeks.
Jan 20 - 11:33 AM

Nikita Nesterov has been improving his play.

The Lightning want to see what they have within the organization first before they start searching for a replacement defenseman. "Nikita has done very well, and right now he deserves to play more and let's see how he holds up. After six games he's gotten better from game one to game six," said Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman. "So we are pleased with that and that takes a little bit of the pressure off of going to find a guy. Let's see how Luke does and then if we need somebody at some point we can go into (the trade market)." Injuries to Matt Carle and Radko Gudas will give Nesterov and Luke Witkowski a chance to prove they belong at the NHL level.
Jan 20 - 11:29 AM

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