• Garrison Powers Bolts To Win With Big Goal

    News: Jason Garrison scored the game-winning goal on the power play and added an assist in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Blackhawks.
    Analysis: He has a massive shot, but he hadn't shown it much during the regular season -- he had a great year, but had powered home just four snipes. He now plays a much more well-rounded game and that tends to make him relatively ordinary in fantasy circles.
  • Bolts' Garrison Gets Assist In Return

    News: Jason Garrison (upper body) returned to action Thursday in Game 4 against the Red Wings and picked up an assist in 14:14 of ice time.
    Analysis: Tampa eased him back into action and he looked fine. Jason Garrison's presence should provide the Lightning with stability on the back end as they battle to get past Detroit in the first round.
  • Lightning's Garrison Takes Ice For Warmups

    News: Jason Garrison (upper body) is on the ice for pregame warmups ahead of Thursday's Game 4 against the Red Wings, Chuck Pleiness of the Macomb Daily reports.
    Analysis: Jason Garrison is considered a game-time decision, but he hinted that he should be able to play. Given his participation in warmups, he'll likely be in the lineup for Thursday's game.
  • Bolts' Garrison: Game-Time Call Thursday

    News: Jason Garrison (upper body) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's Game 4 against the Red Wings, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
    Analysis: Coach Jon Cooper wouldn't divulge his lineup for Game 4, but for what it's worth, Jason Garrison said he would be "comfortable" playing if needed. It hasn't been determined yet if Garrison will take part in warmups, but if he does, it would more than likely foreshadow his return to the lineup. Should Garrison indeed suit up, it's unclear who he might replace in the lineup, though rookie Nikita Nesterov would seem the most vulnerable after logging the fewest minutes among the Bolts' blueliners in Game 3.
  • Bolts' Garrison Not Being Ruled Out For Series

    News: Jason Garrison has been ruled out from playing in Tuesday's Game 3 against the Red Wings.
    Analysis: As expected, Jason Garrison will sit out a ninth consecutive contest. On a positive note, coach Jon Cooper indicated that he's still hopeful that Garrison will be available at some point in the series, as the blueliner has been able to increase his contact during practices of late.
  • Lightning's Garrison Iffy For Tuesday

    News: Jason Garrison (upper body) is unlikely to play Tuesday against the Red Wings, NHL.com's Bryan Burns reports.
    Analysis: While Jason Garrison hasn't been officially ruled out for the contest, coach Jon Cooper acknowledged Monday that the blueliner is "probably out for tomorrow."
  • Bolts' Garrison (Upper Body) Out Saturday

    News: Jason Garrison (upper body) will not play on Saturday in Game 2 against the Red Wings, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
    Analysis: As expected, Smith will not suit up for Game 2 against the Red Wings on Saturday. However, Jason Garrison has indicated that he's close to returning, and hopes to rejoin the Bolts' lineup sometime next week. His next chance to play will come on Tuesday.
  • Bolts' Garrison (Upper Body) Likely Out Again

    News: Jason Garrison (upper body) said he's unlikely to play Saturday in Game 2 against the Red Wings, Erik Erlandsson of the Tampa Tribune reports.
    Analysis: Jason Garrison indicated that he's close to returning and hopes to be back sometime next week. Following Saturday's game, the Lightning play Game 3 on Tuesday and Game 4 on Thursday.
  • Bolts' Garrison Ruled Out For Game 1

    News: Jason Garrison (upper body) has been ruled out for Game 1 of the Lightning's first-round playoff series against the Red Wings, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
    Analysis: Jason Garrison was cleared for contact ahead of Wednesday's practice, but it doesn't sound like he'll have enough time before Thursday's opener to get the necessary amount of practice reps in. The blueliner should continue to skate with the team Thursday morning and practice again Friday, which could put him on track to be ready by the time Game 2 rolls around.
  • Bolts' Garrison Sheds No-Contact Jersey

    News: Jason Garrison (upper body) shed his no-contact jersey for Wednesday's practice, NHL.com's Bryan Burns reports.
    Analysis: It's the first time Jason Garrison has been able to fully practice with teammates since suffering his injury March 28. Garrison slotted in on the Bolts' fourth pairing during the session, which suggests he'll still unlikely to play in Game 1 of the team's first-round playoff series with the Red Wings on Thursday. However, it's clear he's progressing from the injury, so expect to see him enter the lineup at some point during the first round.