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Lightning's Brian Elliott: Starting Thursday
Elliott was the first goaltender off the ice and will get the start at home versus Nashville on Thursday, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports.
Elliott has been a winner this season, although his peripherals leave a lot to be desired thus far. Elliott is 5-1-0 with a 3.62 GAA and an .886 save percentage. He will face the Predators, who found the back of the net only 63 times in 23 games this season.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Brayden Point: Scores goal versus Wings
Point scored a goal on nine shots in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to Detroit.
Point's nine shots were a season-high for the center but it wasn't enough to help his club secure the win. The Calgary native ended his three-game goal drought with his marker giving him 11 total on the year. Point should easily reach the 20-goal mark for the sixth consecutive season and could even push for 30 for the first time since 2018-19 when he scored a personal best 41 times.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Steven Stamkos: Scores to extend streak
Stamkos scored a goal on two shots in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Red Wings.
Stamkos ripped a one-timer past Ville Husso to put the Lighting on the board late in the third period. The goal extends Stamkos' point streak to 11 games with seven goals and 10 assists in that span. The 32-year-old winger is up to 14 goals and 16 assists through 25 games this season.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Andrei Vasilevskiy: Allows two goals in loss
Vasilevskiy stopped 22 of 24 shots in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Red Wings.
Vasilevskiy allowed goals to Michael Rasmussen in the first period and Jonatan Berggren in the second before Detroit added a pair of empty-net tallies to close out their 4-2 victory. The 28-year-old netminder had shown signs of returning to form prior to Tuesday's contest but he now falls to 10-8-1 with a career-low .909 save percentage.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Haydn Fleury: Won't play Tuesday
Fleury (lower body) won't play Tuesday against Detroit, Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Fleury, who took part in the morning skate, is listed as day-to-day. He has one assist, 14 shots on goal, 10 blocks and 18 hits in 13 games this season.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Andrei Vasilevskiy: Taking on Detroit
Vasilevskiy will start between the pipes in Tuesday's home game against the Red Wings, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports.
Vasilevskiy has been on a roll recently, picking up back-to-back wins over the Flyers and the Maple Leafs while posting an admirable 2.00 GAA and .934 save percentage. He'll try to pick up his 11th win victory of the season in a home matchup with a Detroit team that's 5-3-2 on the road this year.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Haydn Fleury: Day-to-day with lower-body injury
Fleury is listed as day-to-day with lower-body injury, Gabby Shirley of Bally Sports Florida reports.
Fleury didn't take part in Monday's practice after he was absent from the lineup Saturday against Toronto. His status for Tuesday's contest versus Detroit appears to be doubtful at this time.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Mikhail Sergachev: Dream season continues
Sergachev picked up an assist Saturday in a 4-3 overtime victory over the Maple Leafs.
It came on the power play. Sergachev has nine assists, including six with the man advantage, in his last 10 games, but his last goal came Nov. 13 against the Caps. Still, the talented young defender has 23 points (four goals, 19 assists) in 24 games and sits fourth in team scoring behind Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos and Brayden Point. Sergachev is 13 points ahead of the next defender on the team (Victor Hedman with 10 points).... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Vladislav Namestnikov: Finally gets first goal of season
Namestnikov scored a goal in Saturday's 4-3 overtime win over Toronto.
It was his first goal this season; it took 24 games to arrive. At age 30, Namestnikov's best is behind him. With five points this season, he just isn't a fantasy force.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Andrei Vasilevskiy: Game sharpening into focus
Vasilevskiy made 36 saves in a 4-3 overtime win over Toronto on Saturday.
Vasilevskiy played a strong game, but the Leafs still got three pucks by him. Mitch Marner scored twice and William Nylander potted the other goal for Toronto's potent offense. After a slow start, Vasilevskiy has picked up his game over his last four outings, stopping 105 of 113 shots for a .929 save percentage.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Steven Stamkos: Ten-game, 16-point streak
Stamkos picked up a power-play assist in Saturday's 4-3 overtime win over Toronto.
It extended Stamkos' point streak to 10 games (six goals, 10 assists). The evening started with a tribute to his 1,000-point milestone, which he set Thursday, and ended with a hard-fought, playoff-style win over a division rival. Stamkos has 29 points, putting him second in team scoring behind Nikita Kucherov (36), and in a four-way tie with Brady Tkachuk, Jack Hughes and Jack Eichel for 14th in NHL scoring.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Anthony Cirelli: Two assists in season debut
Cirelli (shoulder) had two assists in his season debut Saturday in a 4-3 overtime win over the Maple Leafs.
He played 12:45. Cirelli returned on the third line and his presence immediately created a balance across the Bolts' lines that they haven't had this season. Expect him to be eased into ice time and responsibility as he gets up to speed after offseason shoulder surgery.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Rudolfs Balcers: Moved to LTIR
Balcers (upper body) was moved to the long-term injured reserve list Saturday, according to CapFriendly
Balcers sustained the injury Nov. 25. He was already on the regular injured reserve list, but this move gives Tampa Bay more cap flexibility. It also means that Balcers isn't eligible to return until Dec. 20 at the earliest because he can't be activated until he's missed at least 10 games, including the three contests he's already been absent for. The 25-year-old has three goals and five points in 17 games this season.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Anthony Cirelli: Makes season debut Saturday
Cirelli (shoulder) will make his season debut against Toronto on Saturday, Chris Krenn of the Lightning's official site reports.
Coach Jon Cooper confirmed that Cooper will play Saturday. He is expected to see third-line action between Vladislav Namestnikov and Ross Colton. Cirelli had 17 goals and 43 points in 76 games last season.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Andrei Vasilevskiy: First off ice Saturday
Per Chris Krenn of the Lightning's official site, Vasilevskiy was the first goaltender off the ice Saturday, indicating he will defend the home crease against Toronto.
Vasilevskiy played well in his last start, stopping 21 shots in a 4-1 victory over the Flyers. He is 9-7-1 with a 2.77 GAA and a .908 save percentage, which isn't up to his usual standards. He'll enter a tough matchup against the Maple Leafs, who are 10-1-4 in their last 15 games.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Cole Koepke: Dropped to AHL
Koepke was reassigned to AHL Syracuse on Friday, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports.
This move indicates that Anthony Cirelli (shoulder) will likely be activated to make his season debut Saturday against Toronto. Koepke scored one goal and posted a minus-5 rating through 17 games before his demotion.... See More ... See Less