Lightning: When Will the Fourth Line Find Stability?

Lightning: When Will the Fourth Line Find Stability?

November 15th, 2019 Heading into the 2019-20 season, the Tampa Bay Lightning saw a fair amount of roster overhaul that reshaped the team that won 62 games in 2018-19. While star forwards like Steven Stamkos, Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov retained their top billing in the lineup, the Lightning's fourth line saw...
Kucherov, Stamkos Key Lightning's 9-3 Rout over Rangers

Kucherov, Stamkos Key Lightning's 9-3 Rout over Rangers

November 14th, 2019 TAMPA, Fla. — Nikita Kucherov had a goal and three assists, Steven Stamkos scored his 399th career goal and added two assists, and the Tampa Bay Lightning routed the New York Rangers 9-3 on Thursday night. Tampa Bay’s nine goals tied a team record. Five scores came on the power play, which...

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November 10th, 2019
Tampa Bay Lightning

It's been a less than ideal start for the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2019-20. Many had them pegged as a Stanley Cup favorite, but they've been pedestrian at best thus far with an 8-5-2 record, 18 points and three points back of the second wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference. So far, they've had production from the usual suspects — Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point — but fifth on the team in scoring is Ondrej Palat. Palat has had an interesting career so far. In his first full NHL season, he had 23 goals and 59 points in 81 games, and in the 2014-15 season, he put up 63 points in 75 games. However, he hasn't been able to find that production again in large part due to injuries. He had just 35 points in 2017-18 and 34 points last season, but through 15 games this year, he's got five goals, nine points and, most importantly, he has stayed healthy. Although the Lightning haven't been the team they were supposed to be this season, their limited success so far can...
November 8th, 2019
Tampa Bay Lightning

STOCKHOLM — Nikita Kucherov scored and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 20 saves to help the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 on Friday night in the first of their two regular-season games in the Swedish capital. The sold-out games at Ericsson Globe are part of the NHL Global Series. Alex Killorn and Yanni Gourde also scored for the Lightning. Sam Reinhart twice for Buffalo. The Sabres have lost four straight. Kucherov opened the scoring at 3:19 of the first period. Brayden Point sent a cross-ice pass that Kucherov swept in on a one-timer. The reigning NHL MVP has five goals this season. Kucherov made his presence felt again later in the period when Buffalo forward Vladimir Sobotka needed assistance from his teammates to get off the ice after a hit from the Lightning star. Killorn scored on a power play with 3:46 remaining in the period, tipping home favourite Victor Hedman's slap shot from the blue line past goalie Linus Ullmark. Hedman, the only Swede on...
November 7th, 2019
Tampa Bay Lightning

STOCKHOLM — Victor Hedman has ample motivation to get his banged-up body ready for a regular season game that feels different from any he's played before. Hedman was racing against the clock to recover from a lower-body injury in time not to miss a possibly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play NHL games in his native Sweden. Although he was not directly declared fit to play, the defenceman said he was "hopeful" to be ready for a two-game series on Friday and Saturday between his Tampa Bay Lightning and the Buffalo Sabres in the Swedish capital as part of the 2019 NHL Global Series. "The final decision is tomorrow," Hedman said after practice on Thursday. "We'll see how it goes but (I'm) very hopeful." Hedman Hopeful Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper sounded positive. "I'm hopeful he'll be in tomorrow," Cooper said. A stalwart for Tampa Bay's defence, Hedman missed the team's first practice in Stockholm after arrival on Sunday after sustaining the injury on Oct. 29...
November 7th, 2019
Lightning Goaltending

There aren't many goalie performances to dissect from Wednesday night, but it is a historic day for hall of famer Glenn Hall. Also, we'll dissect one of the strangest goals you'll ever see, and check in on the two teams in Sweden. Wednesday Wrap-Up Wednesday was a light night of NHL action with just two games. Henrik Lundqvist looked strong for the New York Rangers, saving 35 of 36 shots against the Detroit Red Wings. Jimmy Howard struggled to find traction, allowing four goals on 30 shots. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers) In the other game, Mike Smith's run of form hit a wall of one of the hottest teams in hockey, the St. Louis Blues. Jake Allen had his first strong start of the season (though he still let in one head-scratcher), powering the Blues to victory with 32 saves on 34 shots. This Date in History: Hall's Streak Ends Glenn Hall is one of the most successful and enduring goaltenders in NHL history. After all, he's called...
November 6th, 2019
Tampa Bay Lightning

On Nov. 8 and 9, the Tampa Bay Lightning will play back-to-back games against the Buffalo Sabres in Stockholm, Sweden as a part of the 2019 NHL Global Series. This matchup between the Lightning and the Sabres will be a tantalizing one for the Swedish crowd, as both teams feature a star Swedish defensemen. For the Lightning, you have Victor Hedman, the 2018 Norris Trophy winner who is inarguably the top defenseman in franchise history. For the Sabres, you have Rasmus Dahlin, the first overall pick of the 2018 NHL Draft, and a budding superstar in his own right. As the face of the Tampa Bay Lightning's defense for more than a decade, Swedish-born Victor Hedman will be one of the stars of the NHL Global Series in Stockholm, Sweden. (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) While these two Swedish-born star defensemen will be the feature of this Global Series, the Lightning have had a steady flow of Swedish players pass through the franchise. From Stanley Cup winners to a team captain,...