Tampa Bay Lightning News
5-31-16: Andrei Vasilevskiy struggled in Game 6’s 5-2 loss against the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins, but he allowed just two goals in Game 7. Unfortunately, that performance came in a loss. Steven Stamkos returned from his lengthy absence and put two shots on goal, but he did not score; the Lightning scored just one goal in the team’s season-ending loss.
5-23-16: Tyler Johnson, who deflected the puck off Jason Garrison’s stick, scored the Lightning’s game-winning goal in overtime in Sunday’s Game 5. Tampa Bay gave up the first two goals of the contest, but came back to win, 4-3, in Pittsburgh. The Lightning will look to finish the series in six games in front of its home crowd on Tuesday.
5-17-16: The Lightning was 2-0 in overtime games heading into Monday’s contest at Pittsburgh, but Sidney Crosby scored just 40 seconds into the extra period to give the Penguins the 3-2 victory to tie the series. Andrei Vasilevskiy, who remained in the net with Ben Bishop nursing a leg injury, faced a whopping 41 shots and saved 38 of them.
5-10-16: The Lightning did in fact keep its momentum in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, as defenseman Victor Hedman played very well over the five-game stretch. Tampa Bay went 0-1 against the Islanders this postseason when he had a negative plus/minus, but posted a 4-0 record in the series when his plus/minus was zero or better. He scored a combined four goals in those four victories, including two goals in the series-clinching Game 5.
5-3-16: Ben Bishop struggled very much in Game 1 of the Lightning’s second-round series, as he allowed four goals in fewer than 30 minutes. He bounced back from the 5-3 loss to allow just one goal in Saturday’s Game 2 victory. Without center Steven Stamkos and defenseman Anton Stralman Tampa Bay, the Lightning look to bring the team’s momentum to Barclays Center.
4-22-16: The Tampa Bay Lightning were able to eliminate the Detroit Red Wings in just five games during the opening round of the 2016 NHL Playoffs. They'll now face the New York Islanders in the Conference Semifinals, which kicks off next Wednesday, April 27 at Amalie Arena.
4-18-16: Ben Bishop has allowed two goals in each of the first three games of the Lightning’s first-round series against the Detroit Red Wings. In Games 1 and 2, which were Lightning wins, Tampa Bay’s offense produced a combined eight goals, including three from Nikita Kucherov and two from Tyler Johnson. However, in Game 3, they were shut out by Petr Mrazek.
4-4-16: Although center Steven Stamkos is out for one to three months with a blood clot in his right arm, Nikita Kucherov made up for his absence, as he accounted for all three of the Lightning’s goals in Tampa Bay’s 3-1 win over the visiting New Jersey Devils on Saturday. Ben Bishop saved 25 of the Devils’ 26 shots in the victory to give him his fifth victory in his last six starts.
3-23-16: Even without Valtteri Filppula and Ryan Callahan on Tuesday, the Lightning defeated the visiting Detroit Red Wings, 6-2. Tampa Bay scored two goals in each of the periods. Winger Erik Condra scored two goals on his five shots in the contest. Those were just his second and third goals of the season.
3-3-16: Hot on the trail of the first-place Florida Panthers are the Tampa Bay Lightning, who sit just two points behind with 19 games remaining in the regular season. The Lightning are on a seven-game winning streak and could tie tonight with a win over the Senators and Panthers loss to the Avalanche. With nine games remaining at Amalie Arena during the regular season, the average secondary market price for Lightning tickets is $93.37.
2-17-16: The Lightning has fallen on hard times in February. With losses on Sunday and Tuesday, Tampa Bay has lost four of its last five contests. In each of those four losses, the Lightning has failed to score a power-play goal. On the bright side, the team has not allowed a power-play goal in any of its last four games.
2-10-16: On Friday, the Lightning ended its three-game homestand on a great note. Tampa Bay put together its third consecutive victory, which was its eighth straight home win, with a victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. However, Tampa Bay did not score on any of its six power-play opportunities on Monday and Tuesday and lost the games by combined score of 9-3.
2-1-16: The Lightning played tremendously well in January, as the team posted a 9-2 record. On January 27, backup goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy had 30 saves in the Lightning’s 1-0 win over the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs. Tampa Bay looks to continue that success in February, as it hosts the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday.
1-28-16: A strong end to the first half of the season has given the Tampa Bay Lightning plenty of reason to believe they''ll be defending their Eastern Conference championship this spring. The team enters the All-Star break at 27-18-4, good enough for second place in the Atlantic division. They trail the division-leading Panthers by five points. With 16 games remaining at Amalie Arena this season the average price for Tampa Bay Lightning tickets is $94.92 on the secondary market.
1-19-16: The defending Eastern Conference champs are going streaking. The Tampa Bay Lightning have skated to a five-game win streak and have returned to last season's form. They currently possess third place in the Atlantic division with 52 points, trailing the Red Wings and division-leading Panthers by five points. Over the 19 games remaining at Amalie Arena this season the average price for Tampa Bay Lightning tickets is $90.24 on the secondary market.
1-12-16: A two-game win streak has seen the Lightning put together consecutive victories over the Oilers and Canucks. They'll finish a three-game road trip against the Avalanche tonight before returning home to host four straight through January 21. Over 21 remaining home games during the regular season the average price for Tampa Bay Lightning tickets is $91.42 on the secondary market.
1-6-16: The Tampa Bay Lightning isn’t where they want to be through 40 games played, but they aren’t out of the picture by any means. Only out of second place in the Atlantic Division by five points, they’ll finish up their four-game road trip with games against the Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks and Colorado Avalanche.
12-23-15: Tampa Bay has not been playing like a team looking to appear in back-to-back Stanley Cup Finals, currently in sixth place in the Atlantic division. Currently on a six-game home stand, the Lightning have games against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers until the New Year.
12-18-15: While Steven Stamkos continues to be the source of attention in Tampa Bay as his unrestricted free agency is quickly approaching, the Lightning have led a commendable 10-game stretch, going 6-4-0 over that time and winning their last two games. They'll play 27 more games at Amalie Arena this season, and the average price for Lightning tickets is $104.61 on the secondary market.
12-9-15: The turnaround has yet to happen for the Tampa Bay Lightning, who are looking to reach the Stanley Cup Finals in back-to-back season. Currently with 29 points, the Lightning has two games this week against the Ottawa Senators and Washington Capitals.
11-16-15: The defending Eastern Conference champion Lightning will host two games at Amalie Arena. They'll take on the Rangers Thursday in what will be the second most expensive game of the season with an average price of $164.89 and $34 get-in price. The Ducks head to Florida on Saturday and tickets own a secondary market average of $128.47 and $21 get-in price.
11-6-15: The Lightning's four-game road trip ends tomorrow night when they take on the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The defending Eastern Conference champions have struggled early in the season and currently sit at 7-6-2. Over the remaining 36 games at Amalie Arena this season, the average price for Lightning tickets on TicketIQ is $95.61.
6-16-15: Steven Stamkos, who scored 43 goals during the regular season, had seven goals in this postseason, but tragically none after game five of their series against the Rangers. You can’t say his lack of production alone was the main reason Tampa is going home empty handed. It was revealed as the Hawks were celebrating their third cup in six years that Ben Bishop has been playing with a torn groin he sustained in game two. Tyler Johnson, who led the playoffs with 13 goals, had a broken wrist. The Lightning are a young and excellent hockey team who will get their chance to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup sometime very soon.
6-14-15: The Tampa Bay Lightning are fighting to keep their Stanley Cup aspirations alive after their 2-1loss to Chicago Saturday night in Tampa Bay. Ben Bishop returned to the Tampa lineup after missing game four with an undisclosed injury and made 27 saves total in game five. Nikita Kucherov left the game with an undisclosed injury. Tampa outshot Chicago 27-15 over the final two periods. Game six Monday night will be Tampa’s 26th playoff game, which ties an NHL record set by the Los Angeles Kings last year.
6-11-15: Tampa Bay rookie goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made 17 saves in place of injured Ben Bishop Wednesday night, as the Lightning fell to the Blackhawks 2-1 in game four. Vasilevskiy became the youngest goalie to start a Cup Final game since Patrick Roy in 1986 when he was a member of the Montreal Canadiens. Tampa was the better team for much of the game Wednesday night. The Lightning held the Blackhawks to just two shots in the first period. They dictated zone possession for the majority of the game, and they had more power plays. They had eight or more shots on goal in the final two minutes of the game, including two glorious chances from Steven Stamkos. Each of the first four games has been decided by one goal. That is the first time that has happened in the Final since 1968, when the Canadiens swept the St. Louis Blues. Game five is Saturday night in Tampa. Jon Cooper said in his postgame press conference that Ben Bishop will play again in this series.
6-9-15: Cedric Paquette scored the game winner on a beautiful pass from Victor Hedman with 3:11 remaining in the third period to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-2 victory over the Blackhawks in game three of the Stanley Cup Finals. Ben Bishop, who made 18 first period saves and 36 total, looked slow to get up at times. Despite whatever injury he may or may not have, Tampa is now only two wins away from capturing the Stanley Cup. Game four is set for Wednesday night in Chicago.
6-6-15: On Sunday night the 2015 NBA Finals continued with Game Two of the series in Golden State after the Warriors took a 1-0 lead in the first contest. Golden State looked to take advantage of a short-handed Cavaliers team without Kyrie Irving inside their home court where they have posted a 47-3 record in their last 50 games. Another game and another contest that could not be decided in four quarters as these two teams battled back and forth until the five minute overtime period began. Unfortunately for the Warriors Stephen Curry had possibly his worst game of this playoff run scoring just 19 points in 42 minutes leading the offense to be run through Klay Thompson for much of the night. Thankfully for the Warriors Thompson scored 34 points in 45 minutes but the team had no answer for LeBron James. Golden State allowed James to drop a 39 point, 16 rebounds and 11 assist triple-double on them and allowed him to take over the overtime period in an eventual 95-93 loss for Golden State. With the loss the Warriors lost home-court advantage as the series was evened up at 1-1 apiece with the series now shifting to Cleveland for Game Three.
6-5-15: The Lightning were 41-0-2 when leading after two periods in the regular season and the postseason combined. They were 9-0 this postseason when scoring first. Well, that all changed Wednesday night as Tampa gave up two goals in less than two minutes apart late in the third period as they fell to Blackhawks 2-1 in game one of the Stanley Cup Final. Jon Cooper’s team set back much of the game after they got the 1-0 lead less than five minutes into the game. Playing it safe will almost always cost you, and that’s what happened with Tampa in game one.
6-3-15: The Tampa Bay Lightning were able to hold off the New York Rangers winning Game 7 on the road impressively and earning a trip to this year’s NHL Stanley Cup Final. The Stanley Cup Final kicks off on Wednesday at the Amalie Arena in Tampa with Lightning tickets for the opening game going for an average price of $524.79 on the secondary market and a get in price of $275. Lightning tickets have an overall average price of $1,154.23 on the secondary market for the four potential games that could played in this series at the Amalie Arena. The most expensive game is would be Game 7 with tickets on average $1,531.99, with the cheapest seat for Game 7 priced at $487.
5-30-15: The Tampa Bay Lightning are heading back to the Stanley Cup Finals for the second time in their franchise’s history after their 2-0 win over the Rangers Friday night in game seven. Alex Killorn and Ondrej Palat scored the only two goals in the game. The Lightning shutout the Rangers in games five and seven this series. Tampa now awaits the winner of Chicago vs. Anaheim.
5-27-15: Tampa Bay only trailed 2-1 going into the third period of game six Tuesday night. They then proceeded to give up five goals to the Rangers in the period falling by a 7-3 score. The Lightning outshot the Rangers 39-34 in the game but could only muster three goals After their lackluster third period, Tampa now must find a way to beat the Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist in game seven Friday night in New York.
5-25-15: Ben Bishop made 26 saves and Steven Stamkos and Valterri Filppula each scored as Tampa Bay is now one game away from reaching the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 2004. Tampa was 1-for-3 in the game on the man advantage. Stamkos is getting hot just at the right time. He has scored in four straight games and in six of his last seven. He has seven goals total in the playoffs after failing to score in the first round. Game six is set for Tuesday night in Tampa.
5-23-15: For the second consecutive game, Ben Bishop gave up five goals as Tampa Bay was stymied by the Rangers 5-1 Friday night. Tampa gave up two power play goals during a four goal Rangers stretch in the second period. Tampa had numerous chances to score in the goal but Henrik Lundqvist was stellar in net for New York. Game five is set for Sunday night in New York. Tampa did win game two in New York last week.
5-21-15: For the second straight game, the Tampa Bay Lightning scored six goals. For the second straight game, they beat the New York Rangers this time 6-5 in overtime. Nikita Kucherov’s goal 3:33 into overtime lifted Tampa over New York. Kucherov now has seven goals in the playoffs. The trio of Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat, and Kucherov have combined for 25 of Tampa’s 47 goals in the playoffs this year. Johnson leads all players in points with 18 and goals with 12. Game four is set for Friday night in Tampa.
5-18-15: Tyler Johnson’s hat trick coupled with Ben Bishop’s 35 saves propelled the Lightning to a 6-2 victory over the New York Rangers in game two of the East Finals. The series is now tied a 1-1. Johnson scored shorthanded, on the power play, and at even strength. He now has 11 goals this postseason, and 16 points overall. Both lead all players in the playoffs. The series will now shift to Tampa Bay for games three and four Wednesday and Friday night.
5-16-15: Despite 28 saves from Ben Bishop, the Tampa Bay Lightning faltered in game one of the East Finals 2-1. Entering the game, Bishop was 8-0-0 lifetime against the Rangers with a 1.49 GAA and a save percentage of .946. Ondrej Palat netted Tampa’s only goal 6:45 into third period on the power-play. Overall, Tampa must generate more shots towards Lundqvist who stopped 23 of 24 shots thrown his way. Game two is set for Monday.
5-13-15: Tampa is on their way to the Eastern Conference final for the first time since 2011 after their 4-1 victory over Montreal Tuesday night in game six. Nikita Kucherov scored six goals against the Habs, while linemate Tyler Johnson had two goals and five points. Johnson leads the Stanley Cup Playoffs with eight goals total. A big reason why Tampa is advancing is the play of their special teams. Tampa killed 15 of 16 penalties, and their power play was clicking at 35 percent (7-for-20). They now await the winner of the Rangers vs. Capitals series which is going to game seven tonight.
5-11-15: They maybe up 3-2 in the series, but game six is a must win for the Lightning. They do not want to go back to Montreal with the series tied at 3-3. Ben Bishop was strong in game five, but the Bolts couldn’t muster enough offense to beat Montreal. Steven Stamkos finally scored Saturday night, but will need more from him and company to advance to the East Finals.
5-8-15:Tampa Bay failed to close out the Canadiens Thursday night on their home ice. They were thrashed 6-2 in which Ben Bishop was pulled in favor of backup Andrei Vasilevskiy. Bishop was pulled over David Desharnais’ goal bounced off his glove and into the net. Vasilevskiy didn’t fair too well either as he gave up two goals in a 15 second span. The Lightning will now have to travel to the raucous Bell Centre for game five Saturday night.
5-7-15: Well, Tampa got a little magic Wednesday night. Tyler Johnson scored with 1.1 seconds remaining to give the Lightning a 2-1 win in game three over the Canadiens, and most importantly a 3-0 series lead. It was Johnson's playoff leading eighth goal, and it was set up by Victor Hedman, who has more points than any other East defenseman with six. This was Tampa’s eighth consecutive win against Montreal this season. Tampa will look to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals with a win tonight.
4-28-15: Tampa will be playing a game seven Wednesday night on their home ice. Many have been surprised with Tampa’s struggles with Detroit in this series. Tyler Johnson has six goals in these playoffs, while Steven Stamkos has zero. If Tampa wants to advance, they must get offense from Stamkos in game seven.
4-20-15: Tampa Bay should be up 2-0 on the Red Wings. They have thoroughly dominated the series thus far. They fired 46 shots at Petr Mrazek in game one, but couldn’t muster enough goals for the win. In game two, Tampa exploded for five goals with Tyler Johnson scoring twice. As the series heads back to the Motor City for games three and four, look for Tampa’s offense to continue to pound Detroit with shots. Tampa has been excellent road team all season long.
4-13-15: The Lightning have returned this season at full power, finishing second in the Atlantic and setting up a first-round date with the Detroit Red Wings. Tampa should will be quick and dangerous in the opening round given their 32-8-1 record on home-ice this season. The Lightning are a serious contender for the Cup.
4-7-15: The Lightning are just 2-3-1 in their past six games played. They have just two more games to play over the final seven days. Tampa will host Game 1 of a first-round playoff series. Earning the top spot in the East seems unlikely right now, but winning the Atlantic is a strong possibility if Montreal stumbles down the stretch.
3-31-15: The Lightning ended the week with losses to Detroit and Nashville, snapping their four-game winning streak. It's all about playoff seeding for Tampa Bay. A strong finish could see the team win the Atlantic and possibly the East. That would avoid a first-round meeting with Detroit who Tampa has struggled with this year. On the flipside, Tampa is 5-0 against Montreal this year.
3-24-15: The Lightning won all three games they played last week and are 7-1-1 in their past nine games.
Only two points separate the Lightning from the East-leading Canadiens. Tampa would hold the regulation wins tiebreaker should the teams finish tied. No matter what, Tampa should be hosting a first-round playoff series.
3-3-15: Steven Stamkos scored twice and Ben Bishop made 28 saves for his second shutout of the season, as Tampa blanked Chicago this past Friday. They would fall 4-3 to Florida on Sunday night. Nine of Tampa’s next 11 games are at home where they’re 23-6-1 on the year. The Lightning did acquire defenseman Braydon Coburn from the Flyers in exchange for Radko Gudas, a 2015 first and third round pick.
2-9-15: Tampa Bay won two and lost two games this past week. They play eight more games against the
Western Conference this month. Tampa Bay's odds of hanging on to the Atlantic don't look too
great at the moment. Right now, they have a two-point edge on both Montreal and Detroit, but
having played three more games than either team.
2-4-15: Tampa holds the best record in the East and the NHL best offense averaging 3.2 goals per game. The Lightning rebounded after a bad 4-2 loss to Carolina to open up the second half with a 5-1 win over Detroit. They have a real tough schedule in February beginning in St. Louis on Tuesday.
1-26-15: Tampa sits in first-place in the East with 64 points. The Lightning have the best home record in the NHL at 19-4-1, but are only 11-10-3 away from Amalie Arena. The health of Tyler Johnson and Ben Bishop down the stretch will be imperative for Tampa Bay in the second half.
1-22-15: The Lightning split their four games last week and are 5-3-0 in January. The Lightning have won eight straight at home after their 4-1 win over Vancouver Tuesday night. Tampa currently holds down the top spot in the East but those standings change almost daily. Steven Stamkos has two assists in his past 17 games.
1-7-15: After a bit of a slide in mid-December, the Lightning have now won five of their last six games played, including a big 4-2 victory over Montreal Tuesday night. They are in a battle with Montreal for the top spot in the Atlantic Division, as Tampa sits two points up on the Habs. The top seed in the conference and perhaps a Presidents' Trophy are certainly feasible for Tampa.
12-24-14: The Lightning hit their first significant skid of the season last week, as they had lost four of five and six of eight. They snapped that streak by beating Pittsburgh 4-3 Tuesday night. Tampa is still a favorite to win the conference. They are two points behind Montreal in the Atlantic. Here is an interesting stat. If Steven Stamkos continues to scoring pace he’s one he would finish with 684 goals.
12-17-14: December hasn't been a good month for the Lightning. Tampa Bay has just two wins in its last five games and three in its last seven. They did pick up a nice 3-1 victory over the Flyers Tuesday night in Philadelphia. The Lightning are still in first in the Atlantic, as they sit just two points up on fourth-place Toronto.
12-10-14: Last week was not a great week for the Lightning. They beat Rangers with relative ease 6-3, then lost a shootout to the Sabres before beating them 5-0 two nights later. Then they lost to Columbus 3-0 on home ice. This week hasn’t started off much better as Tampa fell to Washington 5-3 Tuesday night. Steven Stamkos did pick up goal No. 250 of his career on the night.
12-3-14: Tampa had won five straight games prior to their puzzling 2-1 shootout loss to Buffalo Tuesday night. Tampa Bay feels must feel good about its chances this year that they were willing to trade away veteran blueliner Eric Brewer for future considerations. The deal made room for the return of Victor Hedman to the lineup. Tampa has the number one record in the league.
11-26-14: The absence of Victor Hedman could be taking its toll on Tampa. In their past seven games, the Lightning are 3-3-1 and have allowed 11 goals in their past three games. Hedman is out since late October with a broken hand and once he returns, the Lightning will contend for the top spot in the Atlantic and the East.
11-19-14: The Lightning have won nine of their last 13 games and have points in eight of their last 10. A shootout loss to Chicago, followed by a 2-1 loss to the Sharks last week was the first time all season Tampa has lost consecutive games. Jon Cooper’s team is a young talented squad, who looks poised to take the next step and join the NHL’s elite teams.
11-12-14: The Lightning have won seven straight and nine of their last 10 games. Tampa is positioning themselves nicely to run away with the Atlantic Division. They only hold a slight lead on the Canadiens and Bruins, but with Montreal's inconsistent play of late and Boston's injuries, the door is open for the Lightning.
11-5-14: Tampa started four-game homestand a perfect 3-0-0, against the Coyotes, Flyers and Capitals.
They finish off the homestand Thursday against a hot Calgary team. Free-agent signing Anton
Stralman looks like an awesome deal right now. At $4.5 million a season for five seasons, the
28-year-old already looks like a bargain. He has nine points in 12 games, and a team-leading plus-13.
10-29-14: Their offseason moves seem to be working, as Tampa looks to be a real threat to win the Atlantic Division and perhaps the top spot in the East. How they perform with defenseman Victor Hedman out will go a long way in deciding their playoff fate. They had a 7-3 victory over Arizona Tuesday night. As Steven Stamkos goes, so does Tampa.
10-22-14: Tampa has won four of its first seven games and has a pair of one-goal losses (one of them in the shootout) in the other two. The most impressive of the wins was a 7-1 beatdown of the Montreal Canadiens. Steven Stamkos is only tied for the team's scoring lead in the early going, while Victor Hedman has averaged a point-per-game pace on the power play. It could be a breakout year for the awfully talented Hedman.
10-15-14: Steven Stamkos, Victor Hedman and Ben Bishop. Those three players will ultimately determine how far Tampa goes this season. So far, all three look to be providing exactly what the Lightning expect from each of them Tampa has points in all three games and Stamkos scored a hat trick earlier this week against Montreal. Tampa was a trendy pick to represent the east in the Cup Finals this season.
10-10-14: The Tampa Bay Lightning won their home opener 3-2 against the Florida Panthers on Thursday night in overtime. Tyler Johnson, Ryan Callahan and Victor Hedman scored the three goals from Tampa Bay. Johnson and Callahan’s goals game in the first and second period, while Hedman’s goal game just 1:11 into the overtime period. Though he didn’t have a goal, Steven Stamkos led the Lightning in ice time with 23:16 played.
4-28-14: Ben Bishop’s elbow injury proved to be disaster for Tampa Bay who was swept out of the playoffs by the Montreal Canadiens. After having an incredible regular season, Tampa looked like a team that had 10 rookies in their playoff lineup. The future is bright in Tampa and they should take this experience as a stepping stone towards the future. Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat are both finalists for the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie.
4-21-14: Go home Tampa. You’re done. Down 0-3 in the series to Montreal, the Lightning are all but finished. The injury to starting goaltender Ben Bishop has proven to be costly for Jon Cooper’s squad. Backup Anders Lindback has been terrible. AHLer Kristers Gudelveskis has been outmatched. Heck, the whole team has looked off. Steven Stamkos did score twice in game one, but other than that he’s been non-existent. The Bolts need a miracle to stay alive.
4-14-14: The Lightning closed out the 2013-14 campaign with four straight wins, which was enough to put them one point ahead of Montreal and guarantee them home ice in the first round of the playoffs against the Habs. Nate MacKinnon is getting most of the rookie-of-the-year consideration, but Ondrej Palat's season is worthy of notice. The former 2011 seventh-round draft pick finished second in rookie scoring with 59 points. He led all first-year players with a plus-32 rating.
4-7-14: Tampa has lost three out of their last four games, but has three of their final four games at home this upcoming week. It would take a lot to pass the Canadiens to finish second in the Atlantic, but it could happen. Right now, Tampa is locked in to play Montreal in the first-round with the Canadiens having home ice. That’s an intriguing matchup that Tampa surely can win. With Steven Stamkos and Ryan Callahan up front, and Ben Bishop in net, the Lightning are dangerous.
The Lightning have been playing good hockey as of late. They are 8-0-3 in their last eleven games. The star power of Tampa has shown up. Ryan Callahan has five goals and 12 points since being traded for Martin St. Louis. Steven Stamkos has 23 goals and 36 points in only 29 games this season. The real star, however, is Ben Bishop. Bishop is 36-11-7 with a .927 save percentage and a 2.17 GAA.
3-25-14: The Lightning had their five game winning streak snapped this past Saturday in a 4-3 overtime road loss to the Penguins. Since Steven Stamkos returned from his broken leg, the Lightning are 5-1-3. Tampa currently sits second in the Atlantic Division one point up on Montreal. If the playoffs were to begin today, the Lightning would have home ice in a matchup versus the Canadiens. They are a team to watch in the playoffs that could do damage.
3-17-14: Steven Stamkos is finally starting to look more comfortable as he tallied his first two points this past week since returning from a broken leg. With no Marty St. Louis, the Lightning are going to depend on him going forward. The question is does he have enough to carry the team going forward? The addition of Ryan Callahan is nice, but he’s no St. Louis when it comes to scoring goals. Tampa is a good team, not great.
3-10-14: In my opinion, Tampa got away with robbery when they traded 38-year-old Martin St. Louis for Ryan Callahan and what could turn into two first round picks. Callahan alone doesn't make the Lightning better, but Steven Stamkos is back? The Lightning are trending up and could be a dangerous team in the playoffs. Head coach Jon Cooper should get consideration for the Jack Adams trophy as the NHL’s top coach.
3-3-14: The Lightning went 1-2 out of the break in three road games against Western Conference teams this past week. They went 2-4-0 in their final six games before the break and could use Steven Stamkos in the worst way. He’s aiming at a return to the lineup this week. Tampa is slipping a bit, but they’re two points back of the Canadiens for second place in the Atlantic. In 11 shorthanded situations since returning from the break, the Lightning allowed four power-play goals.
2-10-14: After playing so well for so long without Steven Stamkos, Tampa has finally had a hiccup. They are 2-4-0 in their past six games and the Olympic break couldn’t have come at a better time. Marty St. Louis was chosen as Steve Stamkos’ replacement of Team Canada for the Olympics and it was a good choice, although, some will argue for Claude Giroux. Tampa must play well from here on out to secure a playoff spot in the Atlantic.
2-3-14: The Lightning have won four of their last six contests and out-shot the opposition 80-54 in the two defeats. Tampa has to be happy with where they find themselves. They are now only four points back of Boston for the Atlantic Division crown, and team captain Steven Stamkos is practicing once again. Look for Tampa Bay to add another piece at the trade deadline and make a hard push for the Stanley Cup this season.
1-27-14: Tampa is playing awesome as of late, having won three straight and four of their last six. They have scored 14 goals during their three-game winning streak. The return of Steven Stamkos is not too far off, and the Lightning have done more than just survive without him. They are pushing the Boston Bruins for first place in the Atlantic and will likely push harder once Stamkos is back. The Lightning have gone 19-11-5 in the absence of Stamkos.
1-20-14: Tampa Bay has been playing .500 hockey of late, winning five of its last 10 games played.
Tampa’s win this past Sunday moved them into a tie with Boston for first in the Atlantic Division. The Bruins have two games in hand and the tiebreaker of regulation/overtime wins. Martin St. Louis has played eight games since he wasn't named to the Canadian Olympic team and has been on absolute fire. He has points in every one of those games and has recorded eight goals and 12 points total over that span.
1-13-14: Tampa has won four of their last six games and has been quite successful despite losing Steven Stamkos to a broken leg on Nov. 11. They are 15-9-4 without Stamkos. They sit two points back of Boston for first in the Atlantic Division and have a real chance to overcome the deficit when Stamkos potentially returns before the Olympics. Surviving without Ben Bishop could be a whole other problem though. Anders Lindback is 2-2 in Bishop's absence due to a hand injury, but has a .866 save percentage in those games.
1-7-14: Tampa Bay has done a nice job holding together without Steven Stamkos but has been only .500 of late, with a 2-2-1 record. Tampa sits second in the Atlantic Division, four points back of Boston for the top spot and only one ahead of third-place Montreal. Jean-Philippe Cote played his first game of the season back on December 19 and now has eight under his belt as a member of the Lightning. It's interesting because the 31-year-old hasn't seen the NHL since 2005-06, when he went pointless in eight games for Montreal.
12-30-13: The Lightning went 1-1-1 over the past seven days and are 7-3-3 in December. Tampa Bay has done more than tread water with Steven Stamkos recovering. Thanks to a streak of five straight wins in the second half of the month, Boston and Pittsburgh are the only Eastern Conference teams with more points at the start of the week. Ben Bishop maybe snubbed from USA's Winter Olympics team. He has a .945 save percentage in December, allowing just 14 goals on 254 shots.
12-23-13: How this team continues to win without Steven Stamkos blows my mind. Tampa Bay is currently riding a four-game winning streak and has won five of its last. The Lightning's resurgence this year is one of the league's most overlooked stories. One year ago only two teams in the NHL were worse and today only two teams stand between Tampa Bay and first in the East. Jon Cooper should get some serious consideration for the Jack Adams award as the NHL’s top coach.
12-16-13: The Lightning has been somehow surviving since Steven Stamkos went down a broken leg last month. Tampa went 2-1-1 this past week and ended it with a 3-0 loss in New Jersey on Saturday and a 3-0 win in Detroit on Sunday. Tampa gets to face four non playoff teams in the next seven games and they should look at it as an opportunity to create some separation in the standings. Stamkos is superhuman as it took only 33 days for him to go from broken leg in Boston to skating in New Jersey.
12-9-13: Tampa Bay struggled last week picking up only three points. They lost to the Blue Jackets in regulation and lost to Winnipeg in a shootout. Their lone victory was over the Senators. Steven Stamkos last played in a 3-0 defeat at the hands of the Bruins on November 11. In the 12 contests since that point, Tampa Bay has gone 5-5-2, which is enough to keep the team in the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
12-2-13: Tampa retuned to the Tampa Bay Times Forum this past week, where they won two games over the Rangers and Flyers, before dropping a third to Pittsburgh. No one can replace Steven Stamkos but one player has played better since the injury to Stamkos. Tyler Johnson has six points and a plus-three rating in nine games since Stamkos got hurt. If Tampa can somehow tread water, like they’re doing now, there is a chance Stamkos could return for the playoffs.
11-25-13: Tampa has cooled off as of late after their torrid start to the season. The Lightning are 5-4-1 in their last ten games played. Like the Devils, Tampa played all three California teams this past week, but the Lightning didn’t fair to well. They lost all three games they played, and got outscored 10-3 in the process. The injury to Steven Stamkos is starting to take its toll as the Lightning have been struggling to generate any offense since Stamkos went down two weeks back.
11-18-13: The Lightning won two out of four games last week week despite a broken tibia injury to superstar forward Steven Stamkos. Tampa still has the best record in the Eastern Conference and the eighth best record in the entire league. Stamkos has 14 goals in 17 games with 23 points and a plus-11 rating. He leads the Lightning in all offesive categories and still sits only three points behind Alex Steen for the NHL scoring lead. His loss is huge for Tampa.
11-12-13: With wins over the Oilers and Red Wings, Tampa now has the best record in the Eastern Conference. Ben Bishop had a great week turning aside 25 of 27 shots he saw in an overtime victory over the Red Wings and he stopped 38 shots of 40 versus Edmonton. Bishop could be an option for Team USA in Sochi. After a slow start, Steven Stamkos is tied for first in the NHL with 23 points and 14 goals. However, he sustained a scary leg injury Monday afternoon in Boston and looks like he’ll miss significant time.
11-5-13: Tampa won two of three games this past week with a win over the Blues. Marty St. Louis and Steven Stamkos continue to do their things. However, 24-year old Alex Killorn has been a pleasant surprise. Killorn has 12 points in his first 14 games and had five points last week in Tampa’s two wins. Tampa quietly has won seven of their last nine games and are tied for the second best record in the Eastern Conference.
10-29-13: Quietly, the Tampa Bay Lightning have the top record in all of the Eastern Conference. They had an overtime win against the Chicago Blackhawks and beat the lowly Sabres. Through eight games this season, Ben Bishop has a 7-1-0 record and decent .914 save percentage. I think Tampa finally has their goaltender they’ve been desperately wanting for years. Tampa has the second most goals scored in the Eastern Conference with 39. Steven Stamkos is starting to heat up with eight goals.
Quietly, they have a pretty good record at 5-3-0 overall. They got thumped 5-0 last Saturday against Boston which suggests they’re not quite there against the elite teams in the East. It’s no surprise that Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis have scored often early on. What is a shock is the secondary scoring Tampa is getting from Alex Killorn, Ondrej Palat and Valterri Filppula. Ben Bishop’s 5-1-0 record is no fluke as Tampa has their goalie of the future.
10-14-13: It’s early, but they’re encouraging signs for Tampa fans as goaltender Ben Bishop seems like Tampa’s first legitimate goaltender since Nikolai Khabibulin’s departure. 2007 third round Alex Killorn has been a pleasant surprise for Tampa early on. He has six points in his first five games played. Free agent pickup Valtteri Filppula’s four goals are tied with Steve Stamkos for the team lead. He’s a plus-3 and has won just over 56.4% of his faceoffs.
10-7-13: Tampa Bay failed to register a shot in the first period in their game versus Chicago. Despite that, they won 3-2 in a shootout. Where has Steven Stamkos been? He has two assists but he’s being paid to score goals. He’s crucial if Tampa wants to go anywhere this season.
8-22-13: Last season the Tampa Bay Lightning finished out the playoffs for the fifth time in six years despite having the NHL’s top two point-producers last season in Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos. How Tampa replaces Lecavalier remains to be seen. On Nov. 9, Tampa makes its first appearance to the Joe Louis Arena as a division opponent. Lecavalier makes his return to Tampa on Nov. 27 and the Lightning close out their season on Apr. 13 on the road against their old division foe from Washington.
8-3-13: The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis to a three-year, two-way contract.
Lightning 2013 NHL Draft Summary:
Pick #3: Jonathan Drouin, LW
Pick #33: Adam Erne, LW
Pick #124: Kristers Gudlevskis, G
Pick #154: Henri Ikonen, LW
Pick #184: Saku Salminen, C
Pick #186: Joel Vermin, RW