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Lightning's Ryan McDonagh: Supplies helper in win
McDonagh notched an assist and went plus-3 in Tuesday's 6-4 win over the Kings.
McDonagh set up Mathieu Joseph on the game-winning goal in the third period. The Lightning's defense was understaffed Tuesday, with Jan Rutta (undisclosed) and Erik Cernak (lower body) unable to play, leading to McDonagh playing a season-high 29:18 of ice time. The 32-year-old is up to 14 points, 65 blocked shots, 53 hits, 44 shots on net and a plus-8 rating through 38 appearances while serving as a defense-first option in the Lightning's top four.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Mikhail Sergachev: Notches assist in win
Sergachev logged an assist, four hits, three blocked shots and two shots on goal in Tuesday's 6-4 win over the Kings.
Sergachev helped out on Mathieu Joseph's goal in the third period, which stood as the game-winner. The 23-year-old Sergachev has managed five assists in eight January games. For the season, the Russian blueliner is at 19 points, 55 shots on net, 54 blocks, 51 hits and 18 PIM through 37 contests. He played a season-high 27:38 of ice time as the Lightning only had four healthy defensemen available.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Alex Killorn: Helps out on empty-netter
Killorn registered an assist and three hits in Tuesday's 6-4 win over the Kings.
Killorn set up Steven Stamkos' empty-net tally in the third period. The 32-year-old Killorn continues to regularly chip in offense, as he's added four goals and 10 assists in his last 13 games. The winger is up to 37 points (12 goals, 25 helpers), 71 shots on net, 50 hits and 34 PIM in 41 contests. He'll continue to log top-six minutes.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Brayden Point: Extends point streak to seven games
Point registered an assist, two shots on goal and seven PIM in Tuesday's 6-4 win over the Kings.
Point had a fight with Kings center Phillip Danault in the second period. In the third, Point extended his point streak to seven games with a helper on Victor Hedman's tally. During the streak, Point has picked up five goals and four helpers. The center is at 15 tallies, 12 helpers, 75 shots on net, 18 PIM and a plus-1 rating in 27 contests overall.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Pierre-Edouard Bellemare: Deposits shorthanded goal
Bellemare scored a shorthanded goal, logged three hits and went plus-2 in Tuesday's 6-4 win over the Kings.
Bellemare converted on a pass from Mathieu Joseph at 14:40 of the second period. Through eight games in January, Bellemare has picked up a pair of goals and two assists. The 36-year-old has 12 points in 40 games this year, which surpasses his 11-point effort from 53 contests last season. The French center has added 38 shots on net, 53 hits and a plus-13 rating in a mainly defensive role on the third line.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Mathieu Joseph: Goal and helper in win
Joseph scored a goal on three shots, dished a shorthanded assist, added two hits and went plus-3 in Tuesday's 6-4 win over the Kings.
Joseph found Pierre-Edouard Bellemare for a shorthanded goal in the second period before scoring one of his own in the third. The two-point effort was Joseph's first such game since Dec. 5. The 24-year-old forward has amassed 13 points (two while shorthanded), 44 shots on net, 60 hits and a plus-2 rating in 38 appearances this season. He saw some top-six usage earlier in the season, but he's mainly been in a more limited role since the Lightning got some injured forwards back after the holiday break.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Steven Stamkos: Contributes two points in win
Stamkos scored an empty-net goal on two shots and added a power-play assist in Tuesday's 6-4 win over the Kings.
Stamkos was named to the All-Star Game after winning the "Last Man In" fan vote for the Atlantic Division. He celebrated the honor with a multi-point effort, giving him three goals and six helpers in eight games in January. The 31-year-old is piling up points at an impressive pace with 19 goals and 29 assists in 40 contests. He's produced 14 power-play points, 109 shots on net, a plus-9 rating and 52 hits this season.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: One of each Tuesday
Kucherov scored a power-play goal on four shots, dished an assist, logged three hits and went minus-2 in Tuesday's 6-4 win over the Kings.
Kucherov has produced multiple points in five of his six games since returning from a lower-body injury. The 28-year-old scored in the second period Tuesday and set up the latter of Victor Hedman's two tallies in the contest. Kucherov is up to 15 points (seven on the power play), 36 shots on net and an even plus-minus rating in just nine appearances this season.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Victor Hedman: Heroic effort Tuesday
Hedman scored twice on four shots, dished a power-play assist and blocked two shots in Tuesday's 6-4 win over the Kings.
Injuries to Jan Rutta (undisclosed) and Erik Cernak (lower body) left the Lightning with just four healthy defensemen Tuesday. Hedman picked up a fair amount of the slack, playing 32:37 while posting his fourth game with three or more points this season. He's up to nine goals, 43 points, 106 shots on net, 53 blocked shots, 52 hits and a plus-13 rating in 41 contests.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Andrei Vasilevskiy: Collects win despite short roster
Vasilevskiy allowed four goals on 36 shots in Tuesday's 6-4 win over the Kings.
Vasilevskiy faced some adversity Tuesday -- due to injuries on the blue line and cap constraints, the Lightning were only able to dress four defensemen. Three of the four goals Vasilevskiy allowed came in the second period, when the long line change is in effect. The Russian netminder still extended his winning streak to four games, and he's now 23-6-3 with a 2.20 GAA and a .923 save percentage through 32 outings. If necessary, the Lightning will be allowed to make emergency recalls for Friday's game versus the Ducks, so Vasilevskiy should have a full defense corps in front of him for his next start.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Jan Rutta: Not expected to play Tuesday
Rutta (undisclosed) is not expected to be in the lineup Tuesday versus the Kings, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.
Due to injuries and salary cap concerns, the Lightning are only able to dress four defensemen for the contest. The nature of Rutta's injury is unknown at this time, though the team will likely call up defensemen from the taxi squad or AHL Syracuse if no one is able to return Friday versus the Ducks.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Andrei Vasilevskiy: Guarding cage Tuesday
Vasilevskiy will guard the road goal Tuesday versus the Kings, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports.
Vasilevskiy has won five of his seven starts in January, and he'll make his eighth straight appearance Tuesday. The Kings are coming off of a 6-2 loss to the Sharks on Monday, and they've been solid but somewhat inconsistent throughout the season. Vasilevskiy remains an automatic play in fantasy when he starts.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Ondrej Palat: Ruled doubtful for Tuesday
Palat (undisclosed) received a doubtful designation for Tuesday's game in Los Angeles, per Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com.
Palat may miss a third consecutive game due to an undisclosed injury that he suffered in last Tuesday's 6-1 victory over Buffalo. The 30-year-old has averaged 16:20 of ice time -- 3:05 during the power play -- and recorded 12 points over his last 10 appearances. Corey Perry may undertake an expanded role should Palat miss Tuesday's game in Los Angeles.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Gemel Smith: Lands on waivers
Smith (lower body) was waived Tuesday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Smith has yet to play this season due to a lower-body injury, but this move suggests he's now healthy enough to play, at least for Tampa Bay's minor-league affiliate. Assuming Smith passes through waivers unclaimed, he'll likely remain with AHL Syracuse for a while before presumably being recalled and making his season debut for the Lightning. He picked up three helpers thorugh five appearances with Tampa Bay last year.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Erik Cernak: Doubtful for Tuesday
Cernak (lower body) was designated as doubtful for Tuesday's game in Los Angeles, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports.
Cernak's next opportunity to play would be Friday in Anaheim if he does not participate in Tuesday's game against the Kings. Cernak was activated off injured reserve Jan. 2. The 24-year-old has played six games since activation, tallying three assists and averaging 19:10 of ice time over that period.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Charles Hudon: Recalled to taxi squad
Hudon was elevated from AHL Syracuse to the taxi squad Tuesday, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.
Hudon was claimed off waivers by Tampa Bay on Oct. 4. The 27-year-old has tallied 22 points over 26 appearances with AHL Syracuse this season, finishing five games with multiple points. The Quebec native has yet to make his Lightning debut.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Zach Bogosian: Out 2-3 weeks
Bogosian will be sidelined for 2-3 weeks with a lower-body injury, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.
Bogosian has averaged 18:43 of ice time and been held without a point over his last three appearances. He recently returned from a lower-body injury that sidelined him for five games starting on Dec. 31, but he reaggravated the injury sometime during his return to play, Burns adds. Cal Foote is likely to see an expanded role in Bogosian's absence.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Brayden Point: Six-game, eight-point streak
Point scored a power-play goal Saturday in a 3-1 victory over Dallas.
He has scored eight points (five goals, three assists) during a six-game point streak. Point found twine Saturday from the low slot on the power play, and he's put up a goal in five of the six games of the streak. Point has 15 goals on the season and is tied with Ondrej Palat for second on the Bolts' goal list, behind only Steven Stamkos who has 18. But Point's productivity has been elite. He's been restricted to 26 games, 12 fewer than Palat and 13 less than Stamkos. There's a strong chance that Point will be the team's top-goal guy by season's end.... See More ... See Less
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