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Lightning's Andrei Vasilevskiy: Strong in possible playoff preview
Vasilevskiy made 37 saves in a 3-2 win over Boston on Thursday.
Vasy was sharp in a possible playoff preview game -- the speed and tension sure made it feel like it had postseason importance. Vasilevskiy is 22-12-1 with a 2.52 GAA and .918 save percentage in 35 starts this season, and is an auto start no matter the opponent.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Brayden Point: Team-leading 28th goal
Point scored a goal and added two assists in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Bruins.
The goal, his team-leading 28th, was originally given to Nikita Kucherov early in the third, but a review quickly revealed the puck went off Point's skate and in. He has 52 points (28 goals, 24 assists) in 47 contests this season, which puts him third overall in team scoring behind Kucherov (71) and Steven Stamkos (56).... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: League's top playmaker
Kucherov delivered three assists in a 3-2 win over Boston on Thursday.
He was originally awarded a goal early in the third period, but it actually deflected off Brayden Point's skate. Kucherov is on a five-game, nine-point streak (two goals, seven assists) and his 52 assists lead the NHL.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Andrei Vasilevskiy: Facing Boston
Vasilevskiy will patrol the home crease during Thursday's matchup with the Bruins, Chris Krenn of the Lightning's official site reports
Vasilevskiy was sharp in his last start Tuesday against the Wild, stopping 33 of 35 shots en route to a 4-2 victory. He'll try to secure a second straight win in a brutal home matchup with a scorching-hot Boston team that's gone 9-1-0 in its last 10 games.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Mikhail Sergachev: Two points against Wild
Sergachev collected two assists while adding four shots on net, five hits, two PIM, a blocked shot and a plus-2 rating in Tuesday's 4-2 win over Minnesota.
It was a typically full line in the box score for Sergachev, although he was also mostly responsible for a short-handed tally by the Wild's Joel Eriksson Ek as the Tampa Bay defenseman whiffed as he tried to bat the puck out of the air at the Minnesota blue line before losing a race to Eriksson Ek, who then scored on a breakaway. Sergachev had only two points, both helpers, over his prior 10 games, but he remains on track for a career-best campaign with six goals and 33 points through 44 games.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Ross Colton: Two helpers against Wild
Colton notched two assists, one on the power play, in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Wild.
Both points came in the second period as the 26-year-old got helpers on two pucks Corey Perry was able to tip home. It's Colton's first multi-point performance since Dec. 21, and he'd managed only one goal and three points in his prior 13 games coming into Tuesday, so he'll need to show a little more to get back on the fantasy radar in most formats.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Two-point effort Tuesday
Kucherov scored a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Wild.
After helping to set up Steven Stamkos for the game-winner midway through the third period, Kucherov iced things with an empty-netter. The 29-year-old has found the scoresheet in four straight games and nine of the last 10, racking up six goals and 15 points over that stretch. If he can stay healthy, Kucherov is on track to reach 100 points for the first time since 2018-19.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Corey Perry: Lights lamp twice in win
Perry scored two goals, one on the power play, in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Wild.
Both tallies came in the second period as Perry tipped home long-range shots. The 37-year-old had only two points, a goal and an assist, over his prior 15 games, and what fantasy value Perry still possesses comes from his spot on the power play -- he has five goals and 11 points with the man advantage, the first time he's reached double-digit power-play points in a season since 2017-18, but he has only three goals and seven points at even strength through 46 games.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Andrei Vasilevskiy: Back in win column
Vasilevskiy made 33 saves in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Wild.
Both goals against him came in the second period, one short-handed on a great individual effort by Joel Eriksson Ek and the other a power-play tally by Kirill Kaprizov. Otherwise, Vasilevskiy was unfazed by anything the Wild fired his way. The victory ended a brief two-game losing streak for the perennial Vezina candidate, but through eight starts in January, Vasilevskiy is 5-3-0 with a shaky (by his standards) 2.91 GAA and .903 save percentage.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Nick Perbix: Ready to rock
Perbix (upper body) will return to the lineup for Tuesday's matchup with Minnesota, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports.
Perbix is expected to return to a second-pairing role following his four-game absence. He's picked up four goals, 12 points and a plus-9 rating while averaging 15:04 of ice time through 35 contests this season.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Patrick Maroon: Good to go
Maroon (undisclosed) will be available for Tuesday's game versus Minnesota, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports.
Maroon should slot into his usual bottom-six role against the Wild after missing Monday's practice with an undisclosed issue. He's picked up eight points and 89 hits through 45 games this campaign.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Andrei Vasilevskiy: Facing Wild
Vasilevskiy will guard the home goal during Tuesday's matchup with Minnesota, Chris Krenn of the Lightning's official site reports.
Vasilevskiy has struggled a bit recently, suffering back-to-back road losses to the Oilers and the Flames while posting a sub-par 4.12 GAA and .889 save percentage. He'll try to get back in the win column in a home matchup with a Wild team that's averaging 2.96 goals per game on the road this year, 22nd in the NHL.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Patrick Maroon: Dealing with undisclosed injury
Maroon missed practice Monday and is still being evaluated for an undisclosed injury, Chris Krenn of the Lightning's official site reports.
Maroon remains mired in a nine-game goal drought and has just one shot on goal in his last six contests. If Maroon is unable to play in Tuesday's clash with the Wild, the Bolts will likely role with seven defensemen in the lineup, though they could also consider bringing a player up from the minors.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Patrick Maroon: Gets help on helper
Maroon was credited with an assist in Saturday's 6-3 loss to the Flames.
Maroon and allied skater Nick Paul centered a loose puck from along the end boards, and Vladislav Namestnikov's momentum forced the puck into the cage off his skate to put the Lightning ahead 2-1 in the second frame. The lead would ultimately be squandered, but the fortuitous bounce helped Maroon snap a five-game point skid. Maroon hasn't produced much offense, with just two goals, six assists and a minus-3 rating through 45 games.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Anthony Cirelli: Finds back of net Saturday
Cirelli scored his third goal of the season in Saturday's 6-3 loss to the Flames.
The 25-year-old brought Tampa Bay to within a goal with just over four minutes left in the third period by banging in the rebound on a Victor Hedman point shot, but Calgary scored twice into an empty net as the Bolts pushed for an equalizer. Cirelli's production cratered over the last few weeks in December, but he may be coming around in January as he's scored two of his three goals on the season, and four points in total, over the last eight games.... See More ... See Less