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  • Lightning's Steven Stamkos: Puts up two points

    Stamkos picked up a goal and one assist in a 3-2 loss to Florida on Sunday.

    Stamkos provided a secondary assist late in the first period to tie the game up for the Lightning. He would add a power-play goal with 10 seconds left in the game to pull his team within one, but it would be too late for a comeback. The 34-year-old winger also added three hits, three shots on net and two PIM in 15:52 of ice time. It was Stamkos' 28th multi-point playoff game, second in Lightning history only behind teammate Nikita Kucherov. The Lightning return to the ice on Tuesday for Game 2 in Florida.

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  • Lightning's Andrei Vasilevskiy: Loses in Game 1

    Vasilevskiy allowed two goals on 27 shots in a 3-2 loss to the Panthers on Sunday. The third goal was an empty-netter.

    With the score tied 1-1 early in the third period, Vasilevskiy allowed a power-play goal to Carter Verhaeghe that eventually lead to a game-winning empty-netter by Matthew Tkachuk. The Lightning would eventually score with 10 seconds left to pull within one, but it would prove to be too late at that point. Vasilevskiy finished with a .926 save percentage while adding his third loss in a row. The 29-year-old netminder is the clear No. 1, so expect him to get all the starts throughout the playoffs.

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  • Lightning's Tyler Motte: Good to go for Game 1

    Motte (lower body) will suit up for Sunday's opening game against the Panthers, Chris Krenn of the Lightning's official site reports.

    Motte was listed as a game-time call after missing Tampa's last three regular-season games, but he'll be good to go ahead of Sunday's playoff opener. Motte tallied six goals and nine points in 69 games this year. He'll rejoin the Lightning in a fourth-line role.

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  • Lightning's Jonas Johansson: Out for Game 1

    Johansson (lower body) won't return for Sunday's opening game against Florida, Chris Krenn of the Lightning's official site reports.

    Johansson hasn't played since March 24. The 28-year-old netminder went 12-7-5 this season with an .890 save percentage and 3.37 GAA. Matt Tomkins will back up Andrei Vasilevskiy until Johansson is able to return.

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  • Lightning's Tyler Motte: Game-time call

    Motte (lower body) will be a game-time decision Sunday against Florida in Game 1, per Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times.

    Motte sat out the final three contests of the regular season. He concluded the 2023-24 campaign with six goals, three assists, 83 shots on net and 97 hits in 69 outings.

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  • Lightning's Haydn Fleury: Won't play in Game 1

    Fleury (undisclosed) won't play in Game 1 against the Panthers on Sunday, according to Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times.

    Fleury also missed the final five contests of the regular season. During the 2023-24 campaign, he generated one goal, four assists and 40 blocked shots in 24 appearances.

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  • Lightning's Andrei Vasilevskiy: Starting playoff opener

    Vasilevskiy will guard the road goal Sunday in Game 1 versus Florida, according to Chris Krenn of the Lightning's official site.

    Vasilevskiy struggled down the stretch, losing three of four starts and allowing 15 goals on 128 shots. In 52 appearances during the regular season, he provided a 30-20-2 record with two shutouts, a 2.90 GAA and a .900 save percentage. Vasilevskiy also lost two of three meetings against the Panthers, surrendering 12 goals on 103 shots. Florida ranked 11th in the league with 3.23 goals per game during the 2023-24 campaign.

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  • Lightning's Luke Glendening: Returning for playoff opener

    Glendening (undisclosed) will play Sunday in Game 1 against Florida, Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    Glendening missed Tampa's regular-season finale Wednesday, but he'll be ready to go for an opening-round matchup with the Panthers. The 34-year-old center had 10 goals and 11 points while racking up 121 hits in 81 games with the Lightning this season. Glendening will likely remain in a fourth-line role during the postseason while also working on the penalty kill.

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  • Lightning's Tyler Motte: May not play Sunday

    Motte (lower body) is questionable for Sunday's tilt in Florida, Gabby Shirley of Bally Sports Florida reports.

    Motte missed the last three games of the regular season with the injury. He ended the season with six goals and nine points in 69 appearances. Look for Motte to play in a bottom-six role if and when he returns to action during the playoffs.

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  • Lightning's Luke Glendening: May not play Sunday

    Glendening (undisclosed) is questionable for Sunday's tilt versus Florida, per Gabby Shirley of Bally Sports Florida.

    More on Glendening's status will be known Saturday. The 34-year-old center missed Wednesday's regular-season finale with the injury after he was hurt during his first shift in the second period Monday versus Buffalo. Glendening had 10 goals and 11 points in 81 games during the regular season.

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  • Lightning's Victor Hedman: Back at practice Friday

    Hedman (illness) returned to practice Friday, per Gabby Shirley of Bally Sports Florida.

    Hedman had another terrific regular season, scoring 13 goals and adding 63 assists. The Lightning's top blueliner had one assist in each of Tampa Bay's three games versus Florida, the team's first-round playoff opponent, this season.

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  • Lightning's Anthony Cirelli: Practicing Friday

    Cirelli (rest) was at practice Friday, according to Gabby Shirley of Bally Sports Florida.

    Cirelli was given the night off Wednesday against Toronto, as the Lightning had already clinched their spot in the postseason. Cirelli hit the 20-goal mark for the first time in his career this season. He ended the season with 25 assists and 45 points in 79 appearances. Cirelli is expected to center the second line between Steven Stamkos and Brandon Hagel when the Lightning face the Panthers on Sunday in Game 1.

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  • Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Makes history in finale

    Kucherov scored an even-strength goal and added a power-play assist in Wednesday's 6-4 win over the Maple leafs.

    His second-period helper on a Brayden Point tally put Kucherov in the history books as the fifth player in NHL history to accumulate 100 assists in a season -- rarified air that was previously only reached by Wayne Gretzky (a mind-boggling 11 times), Mario Lemieux and Bobby Orr (once each) before both Kucherov and Connor McDavid did it in 2023-24. Kucherov claimed his second scoring title with a career-high 144 points through 81 games -- his 44 goals were also a personal best. Kucherov will lead the Lightning into the playoffs beginning Sunday against the Panthers.

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  • Lightning's Matt Tomkins: Nabs win over Leafs

    Tomkins made 34 saves in Wednesday's 6-4 win over the Maple Leafs.

    The 29-year-old goalie went down as the man who denied Auston Matthews his 70th goal of the season, making seven stops on the Toronto superstar in the first period alone. Tomkins supplied Tampa Bay with decent netminding down the stretch, going 2-0-1 in three April starts while giving up 10 goals on 95 shots (.895 save percentage), but he'll be firmly on the bench behind Andrei Vasilevskiy when the Lightning begin their first-round series against the Panthers on Sunday.

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  • Lightning's Anthony Cirelli: Won't play Wednesday

    Cirelli is not on the ice for warmups and won't play Wednesday versus the Maple Leafs, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports.

    Cirelli missed a game earlier in April due to an upper-body injury, so it's possible the Lightning have decided to give him extra rest ahead of the playoffs. He is a key defensive center for the team, and there's no reason to think he'll miss Game 1 of the Lightning's first-round series versus the Panthers.

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  • Lightning's Victor Hedman: Sitting due to illness

    Hedman (illness) won't play Wednesday versus the Maple Leafs, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports.

    There's no point in playing through it for Hedman, as the Lightning are locked into the first wild-card spot. Hedman will end the regular season with 13 goals, 76 points, 168 shots on net and 102 blocked shots over 78 appearances.

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  • Lightning's Tyler Motte: Not playing Wednesday

    Motte (lower body) won't suit up for Wednesday's game versus the Maple Leafs, Chris Krenn of the Lightning's official site reports.

    Motte will miss his third straight game, though it makes sense the Lightning aren't pushing him to play in a contest that won't impact the final standings. The 29-year-old will contend for a bottom-six role in the postseason once he's cleared to return.

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Team Statistical Rankings

GF AVG GA AVG Power Play
Team 3.48 3.23 28.6

Injuries

Player Injury
M. Sergachev D Mikhail Sergachev D Leg
J. Johansson G Jonas Johansson G Lower Body
H. Fleury D Haydn Fleury D Undisclosed
L. Brown C Logan Brown C Undisclosed

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