Player News - Lightning

Date: Team: Pos:

Jonathan Drouin (undisclosed) is ready to return on Thursday.

Drouin missed Sunday's game due to the ailment. He has three goals and 10 points in 19 contests this season.
Dec 8 - 12:11 PM

Jason Garrison (lower body) has declared himself ready to play Thursday.

Garrison is projected to play alongside Andrej Sustr. He missed two contests due to the ailment.
Dec 8 - 11:32 AM

Ben Bishop is expected to start on Thursday.

Bishop was the first goalie off the ice, which is usually a good indicator of who the starter will be. He has an 8-9-1 record, 2.74 GAA, and .910 save percentage in 18 contests in 2016-17.
Dec 8 - 11:31 AM

Luke Witkowski has been recalled by Tampa Bay.

Jason Garrison appeared to be on track to return Thursday, so Witkowski's presence does raise some concerns. Perhaps Garrison isn't ready after all or maybe Witkowski is simply up with the Lightning as insurance. We should know more after the morning skate.
Dec 8 - 10:10 AM

Coach Jon Cooper described Jonathan Drouin as between probable and questionable for Thursday's game versus Vancouver.

The Lightning will probably determine his availability after the morning skate Thursday. Drouin missed Sunday's game because of an undisclosed ailment, but appears to be close to a return.
Dec 7 - 6:34 PM

Jason Garrison (lower body) is considered probable for Thursday.

He looked good in Wednesday's practice and skated alongside usual defense partner Andrej Sustr. Garrison hasn't played since Dec. 1 due to a lower-body injury and he thinks he will be back against Vancouver.
Dec 7 - 6:28 PM

Ryan Callahan (lower body) is probable to return Thursday, according to coach Jon Cooper.

He is "encouraged" with how his skate went Wednesday. Callahan hasn't played since Nov. 27 because his surgically-repaired hip has been nagging him.
Dec 7 - 5:48 PM

Jason Garrison (lower body) is expected to "turn the corner" by Thursday, according to coach Jon Copper.

The Lightning bench boss said that on Sunday and the team returned Luke Witkowski to the minors on Tuesday, so Garrison may be an option for Thursday's contest. An update on his status will probably come after Wednesday's practice.
Dec 7 - 10:44 AM

Jonathan Drouin (undisclosed) may be ready to return Thursday.

The Lightning returned Michael Bournival to AHL Syracuse Tuesday, which is a good sign for Drouin's status. We should know more about Drouin after the team practices on Wednesday.
Dec 7 - 10:41 AM

Michael Bournival has been sent back to the minors.

He skated in three games with the Lightning last week after he was brought up from AHL Syracuse on Nov. 30.
Dec 6 - 11:38 AM

Luke Witkowski has been returned to AHL Syracuse.

He has suited up in six games with the Lightning this season.
Dec 6 - 11:35 AM

Ben Bishop was out-dueled by Cam Ward in a tense, 1-0 showdown on Sunday between Tampa Bay and Carolina.

Bishop made 29 saves before the Hurricanes finally beat him in overtime. Bishop falls to 8-9-1 with a 2.74 goals against average and .910 save percentage.
Dec 5 - 12:05 AM

Tyler Johnson and the Lightning were shut out by Carolina in a 1-0 overtime thriller on Sunday.

Johnson had a six-game point streak going last month, but now has just one point in his last five games. The 26-year-old has 15 points in 27 games this season.
Dec 5 - 12:01 AM

Jason Garisson and Nikita Nesterov will be scratched from Sunday's match against Carolina.

Garisson will miss his second straight with a lower body injury. Nesterov continues to be in and out of the lineup, meanwhile. Neither boast much fantasy value, unfortunately.
Source: NHL.com
Dec 4 - 5:06 PM

The Lightning have chosen to go with Ben Bishop against Carolina on Sunday.

Don't look now but Bishop is starting to round into shape. Over his last 11 games he may be 5-6 but he boasts a .922 save percentage and just 25 goals against over that span.
Source: NHL.com
Dec 4 - 5:02 PM


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