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Lightning's Dan Girardi: Still unfit to play
Girardi (lower body) will not play against the Coyotes on Monday, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports.
Tampa Bay's blue line is still thin with Girardi and Anton Stralman (lower body) both missing the last several contests. The 34-year-old doesn't have a timetable to return, but his next chance to play will be Wednesday in Washington.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Anton Stralman: Sitting Monday
Stralman (lower body) will not suit up for Monday's game against the Coyotes, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports.
The 32-year-old has now missed six consecutive games and seven of the last eight. It's unclear how long he'll be out, but Stralman is still considered day-to-day.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Andrei Vasilevskiy: Tending twine Monday
Vasilevskiy will patrol the home crease in Monday's tilt against Arizona, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.
Vasilevskiy has been outstanding in his past six starts, recording a 5-1-0 record to go along with a 2.35 GAA and .925 save percentage. He draws a great matchup against an offense that ranks 28th this campaign in goals per game (2.65).... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Cameron Gaunce: Recalled to parent club
Gaunce was called up from AHL Syracuse on Monday.
Gaunce has yet to step foot in an NHL game this season, but with an injury to Anton Stralman (lower body), his time could come soon. In 48 games in the AHL, Gaunce has produced a solid 40 points. Even with the call-up, the 28-year-old doesn't provide any fantasy value.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Andrei Vasilevskiy: Just keeps tacking on wins
Vasilevskiy made 31 saves in a 6-3 win over Washington on Saturday.
The game was closer than the score -- the Bolts got two empty-net goals. But a win is a win for the NHL's best goalie, who is 14-1-2 since Feb. 1. Vasilevskiy is a near-lock for the Vezina, especially after a queasy week from Frederik Andersen, his closest competitor.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Crazy pace continues
Kucherov picked up two assists in Saturday's 6-3 win over Washington.
Kucherov has a remarkable 36 points (13 goals, 23 assists) in the past 17 games. And his 117 points lead the NHL. The next closest? Connor McDavid has 100. Wow.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Alex Killorn: Fine time for personal record
Killorn picked up a hat trick Saturday in a 6-3 win over the Capitals.
Killorn had gone 10 games without a snipe, so getting his first career hattie was extra special. He had six shots on net, three hits, and was plus-2. Killorn is closing in on his fourth 40-point season in his last six (he has 37 points). He brings value to deep formats.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Andrei Vasilevskiy: Facing Washington
Vasilevskiy will patrol the crease in Saturday's home game against the Capitals, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.
Vasilevskiy wasn't great in his last start Thursday against Detroit, surrendering four goals on 27 shots, but he was ultimately able to pick up his 33rd win of the season due to fantastic goal support from his teammates. The Russian netminder will look to keep rolling and secure a third straight victory in a difficult home matchup with a surging Washington team that's gone 8-2-0 in its last 10 games.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Anton Stralman: Unable to take to ice
Stralman (lower body) wasn't on the ice for morning skate ahead of Saturday's home game against the Capitals, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports.
With Dan Girardi (lower body) also shaping up to be an injured scratch, the Lightning are expected to continue deploying Jan Rutta in a bottom-pairing capacity against the Caps. Stralman has proven over the years that he can be a decent offensive producer when healthy -- he's accumulated two goals and 15 assists through 45 games this season -- but owners shouldn't be too caught up in his status around the fantasy playoffs.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Dan Girardi: Implied scratch Saturday
Girardi (lower body) was absent from morning skate ahead of Saturday's game against the Capitals, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports.
With Anton Stralman (lower body) also omitted from the latest session, the Bolts reportedly will continue relying on Jan Rutta to round out the depth on the blue line. Girardi is looking at a fourth straight absence, though he's not on injured reserve, thanks in large part to extra roster flexibility that opened up after the trade deadline.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Andrei Vasilevskiy: Teammates bail him out
Vasilevskiy made 23 saves for Tampa Bay in a 5-4 win over Detroit on Thursday.
Vasilevskiy was burned a few times early when the pesky Wings counter-attacked following intense periods with the Bolts pushing hard in the offensive zone. But his teammates bailed him out after Vasilevskiy staked the Wings to a 3-0 lead. Still, the brilliant twinetender has lost just once in regulation in 16 games since Feb. 1, a span in which he has gone 13-1-2. There's a Vezina in his future.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Brayden Point: First multi-point game in last 10
Point had a goal and two assists in Thursday's 5-4 win over Detroit.
The goal came when he got his own rebound in the slot and fired it past Jimmy Howard. It was Point's first multi-point game in 10 -- he'd been scuffling through a nine-game, five-point period. But Point remains within the league's top-10 scorers with 86 points in 69 games. And he's in a three-way tie with Alex DeBrincat and Cam Atkinson for fifth in goals with 38. Then again, he's the Bolts' best sniper and every goal and point keep increasing the value of the next contract the impending RFA inks with the team.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Posts 34th multi-point game
Kucherov scored two goals and added two assists in a 5-4 win over the Red Wings on Thursday.
It was his NHL-leading 34th multi-point game. Kucherov keyed a Tampa Bay comeback after the team went down 3-0. Three of his four points came in the third period and his second goal stood up as the winner. Kucherov's 115 points (35 goals, 80 assists) are the most by any NHLer since Sidney Crosby delivered 120 in 2006-07. Can you say Hart and Art Ross? Great season.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Steven Stamkos: Nets historic goal in win
Stamkos scored a goal and added an assist in Thursday's 5-4 win over Detroit.
The goal came on the power play. With the mark, Stammer tied Vincent Lecavalier for the most goals (383) in Lightning history. Stamkos is having an excellent season, perhaps the best two-way year of his career. Plug and play.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Andrei Vasilevskiy: Starting in goal Thursday
Vasilevskiy will defend the net Thursday against the Red Wings in Detroit, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.
Vasilevskiy enters the matchup in the midst of a dominant stretch between the pipes, having posted a 9-1-0 record with a 1.47 GAA and a .953 save percentage over his last 10 games. He should have a good opportunity to continue the strong stretch against a Red Wings club sporting a minus-15 goal differential over 35 home games this season.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Anton Stralman: Not playing Thursday
Stralman (lower body) will miss Thursday's road contest in Detroit, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.
Stralman will miss a fourth consecutive game with a lower-body injury. Having appeared in 45 of a possible 70 games this season, Stralman has struggled to stay healthy, producing just 17 points so far in 2018-19. Expect another update on the d-man's health prior to the Lightning's next game, at home versus Washington on Saturday.... See More ... See Less