Forgotten Former Lighting Players Who Will Shock You

Forgotten Former Lighting Players Who Will Shock You

April 2nd, 2020 Considering the powerhouse the Tampa Bay Lightning have become, it’s easy to forget their early years. Or, at least, it’s easy to want to forget, if you’re a fan. From the Lightning’s first season in 1992-93, up until after the turn of the century, the Bolts struggled to put it mildly....
Lightning All-Decade Team: Offense

Lightning All-Decade Team: Offense

April 1st, 2020 Throughout their early history, the Tampa Bay Lightning found success as an offensively driven team. Even when their defense and goaltending struggled with consistency, the Lightning could put enough points on the board to, at the least, keep games close. The 2010s were no different, as the...

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March 21st, 2020
Lightning Transactions

The 2019-20 NHL season will go down as one of the weirdest in league history. With the coronavirus halting play and no timetable for a return, there's a real possibility that the league will not be able to finish out the season, or worse, crown the next Stanley Cup Champion. For the Tampa Bay Lightning, a potentially lost season hits even harder. After melting down in the 2019 Playoffs, the franchise needed a deep run to help purge some of last year's demons. Related: Lightning Risk Seeing Their Cup Window Slam Shut Until the break, the Lightning were doing everything they could to put themselves in a position to win it all. Despite a weak start, they surged in January, becoming one of the top-five teams in the league before the season was suspended. In fact, at the 2020 trade deadline, the Lightning went all in, making two big moves to add playoff-defining players to their roster. With the acquisition of Black Coleman and Barclay Goodrow, Tampa Bay added new veteran...
March 19th, 2020
Lightning Transactions

All of a sudden the Tampa Bay Lightning’s acquisition of Barclay Goodrow looks even more expensive. Ex-San Jose Sharks forward Barclay Goodrow and Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby - (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) Granted, the rugged forward’s contract expires at the end of next season. However, you have to believe general manager Julien BriseBois only agreed to give the San Jose Sharks a first-round pick to get Goodrow under the assumption the Lightning would be getting two kicks at the can instead of just one, should the rest of the 2019-20 NHL season be cancelled (under a worst-case scenario). Lightning Strikes Twice at Trade Deadline To be fair, the Lightning did get a third-round pick in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft in addition to Goodrow (with minor-league forward Anthony Greco going back the other way). Plus, it’s not like BriseBois pinned all of the Lightning’s Stanley Cup hopes on Goodrow. Not only had he acquired Blake Coleman from the New Jersey Devils...
March 13th, 2020
Toronto Maple Leafs

UPDATE: This was written before the 2019-2020 NHL season was postponed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. All information below is still accurate, and we hope the virus will be under control soon. I'd like to wish the best to all readers during these trying times. Related: Maple Leafs - Whipping Boys from the Last Decade The Toronto Maple Leafs are in a funny situation. They handily beat one of the NHL's best on Tuesday night, the Tampa Bay Lightning. Yet, immediately before that, they lost three straight on their California road trip against some of the NHL's worst. Predictive outcome of the Maple Leafs vs. Lightning game, March 10, 2020 (Courtesy: www.moneypuck.com) Looking ahead, if the Maple Leafs do make the playoffs this year, their first opponent will likely be the Lightning. Many fans can rejoice that the Maple Leafs will avoid the heartbreak of another Game 7 loss to the Boston Bruins in the first round, but will the Lightning be any easier? In this...
March 9th, 2020
Tampa Bay Lightning

For the Tampa Bay Lightning, the 2019-20 season has been one of extremes. When things are going well, they have been the most dominating team in the NHL, ripping off multiple 10-game winning streaks while all but securing their place in the playoffs. Related: Tampa Bay Lightning's 50-Goal Scorers When things are going poorly, however, things have bad. The Lightning have experienced some tough times this season, with losing streaks, slow starts, and injury defining the 2019-20 season. Most recently, the Lightning found out that they would be without captain Steven Stamkos for six to eight weeks after he had surgery to fix a nagging injury. The timing of this injury is bad, as Stamkos had been playing some of the best hockey of his career and now Tampa Bay will be without their captain before making a run at the 2020 Playoffs. A long-term injury to Steven Stamkos will likely keep him out of the Tampa Bay Lightning's lineup through the first round of the 2020 playoffs. (Amy...
March 6th, 2020
Lightning Goaltending

Thursday night was a big one for National Hockey League goaltenders as we saw four shutouts in three games. Also, a youngster adds his name to some of the all-time greats in Philadelphia as his winning streak lives on. Saros Blanks Stars in Emotional Night The Nashville Predators took to the Bridgestone Arena ice for the first time since the city was hit by tornados on Tuesday. Juuse Saros came up big in a very emotional evening. He made 33 saves in a 2-0 shutout of the Dallas Stars. The shutout was the third of the season for Saros and the 10th of his NHL career as the Predators opened up a big hone-and-home series with the Stars. https://twitter.com/PredsNHL/status/1235738844005363712?s=20 "We were tough to play against," Saros said of the team in front of him. "We blocked a lot of shots. Guys really sacrificed, and our D-men did a really good job clearing all the rebounds. So, it was an all-around good game." With the victory, the Predators are now tied for...
March 4th, 2020
Tampa Bay Lightning

For the Tampa Bay Lightning, building a defensive corps that could compete with the best in the NHL has been a long and arduous process. Before Steve Yzerman took over as general manager back in 2010, the franchise had little to no depth on the blue line beside a potential superstar in Victor Hedman. Through a mixture of veteran signings, deft trades and even a little bit of luck, the Lightning slowly cobbled together a defensive unit that can be considered elite. With Hedman and Ryan McDonagh leading the charge, Jan Rutta and Erik Cernak have found surprising success in the top four. Kevin Shattenkirk along with Mikhail Sergachev add offensive upside — the unit has a little bit of everything. Related: The NHL’s Top 5 Defenses That is, of course, before injury struck. Starting in early February, the Lightning lost both McDonagh and Rutta to long-term injury. While they should both be back for the playoffs, they could miss close to two months each depending on how their...