Bruins vs. Lightning: Toughest Remaining Schedule

Bruins vs. Lightning: Toughest Remaining Schedule

February 26th, 2020 The Boston Bruins and the Tampa Bay Lightning lead the NHL's Atlantic Division with 18 and 19 games remaining, respectively. The Bruins with 90 points and the Lightning with 85 points also lead their conference and are the top two teams in the league. Related: Lightning's 3 Worst Trades of the...
Tampa Bay Lightning's 50-Goal Scorers

Tampa Bay Lightning's 50-Goal Scorers

February 25th, 2020 Scoring 50 goals in an NHL season is an incredible milestone, one that doesn't happen often in a team's history. It's a feat that even the teams that have been around for awhile don't witness much. Those who reach that plateau are considered to be elite talents, capable of changing a game in an...

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February 21st, 2020
Lightning Goaltending

The race towards the Stanley Cup playoffs is in full effect. There was some movement within the standings after Thursday night’s 10-game schedule. Two huge streaks came to an end in Las Vegas. A playoff hero is heating up in St. Louis just in time for a title defense. Things could be turning around in Toronto and there was some rookie history made in New Jersey. Vasilevskiy is Human After All The city of Las Vegas traditionally frowns upon long winnings streak and the Golden Knights did their part to end two of the team on Thursday night. With their 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, they snapped both the team’s 11-game winning streak and goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy’s 21-game personal point streak. Vasilevskiy & the Lightning will look to start new steaks. (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) Defenseman Alec Martinez had a goal and an assist in his first game with the Golden Knights since being acquired from the Los Angeles Kings. The loss was Tampa...
February 20th, 2020
Lightning Transactions

Over the course of the last ten years, the Tampa Bay Lightning made a number of franchise-altering trades. The 2010s were a busy one for the Lightning, with general managers Steve Yzerman and Julien BriseBois finding themselves active as both buyers and sellers on the trade market. While the Lightning may have made a lot of big trades, few of these moves could be considered truly bad. Even as they balanced rebuilding their prospect pool, shedding salary to stay under the cap, and trading a captain, Tampa Bay found ways to make moves that didn't sell too much of the future for success in the now. One of the Tampa Bay Lightning's defining trades of the 2010s was when they moved captain and future Hockey Hall of Famer Martin St. Louis to the New York Rangers at the 2014 Trade Deadline. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Despite this, not every trade has turned out perfectly for Tampa Bay. With the decade coming to close, let's look back at a few moves that Lightning fans may...
February 19th, 2020
Trade Deadline

With the 2020 NHL trade deadline just days away, the Tampa Bay Lightning have already been big spenders. After acquiring Blake Coleman from the New Jersey Devils, the Lightning parted ways with top-prospect Nolan Foote and the first-round draft pick that they acquired from the Vancouver Canucks in the 2019 offseason. Related: Lightning Go All-In With Coleman Trade By adding Coleman, not only for a 2020 playoff run but also the 2020-21 season, the Lightning improved in an area of need without parting with any of their top AHL players, while still retaining their own first-round pick at the 2020 Draft. As a result, Tampa Bay still has assets to swing one more trade before the deadline should general manager Julien BriseBois feel it's necessary. A trade wouldn't need to break the bank, as it did with Coleman, but could help shore-up the Lightning's one area of concern: defense. Injuries Pushing Defensive Needs for Lightning At the beginning of the month, two of the...
February 18th, 2020
Tampa Bay Lightning

At 2:59 A.M. on Mar. 1, 2015 the Tampa Bay Lightning acquired defenseman Braydon Coburn from the Philadelphia Flyers. For Coburn, the Lightning sent Philadelphia a 1st and 3rd round pick in the 2015 draft along with defenseman Radko Gudas. Then Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman made this late night acquisition in order to add a veteran presence to a young playoff-bound team. At the time, the Lightning featured a roster composed of players whose primary playoff experience was being swept out by the Montreal Canadiens one year prior. Even though the Lightning had multiple first and third-round picks in the 2015 draft, and received two 2nd round picks from the Boston Bruins for Brett Connolly that same evening, this trade received mixed reactions from fans. While Coburn was a proven veteran, he was far from a flashy player statistically. He had only one goal and nine assists during the 2014-15 and really lacked that wow factor for what the...
February 17th, 2020
Lightning History

Steve Yzerman shocked the hockey world when he stepped down as general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning in September 2018. He was the GM and vice president of the Lightning since 2010, and had been one of the most successful GM's in recent memory. For many of his years in Tampa Bay, the Bolts had been favorites to make a run for the Stanley Cup. There was a lot of hard work in the organization, but Yzerman made some key trades and drafted some key players to help the Lightning get to where they were when he left. Here's a look back at some of the top trades and draft picks during his tenure as Tampa Bay's GM. Related: Steve Yzerman, The Captain 2011: The Draft of The Decade After losing to the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Final, Tampa Bay went into the draft hoping to find a few future stars. Well, they got more than enough as every player in the draft has played in the NHL. Their No. 1 pick was forward Vladislav Namestnikov who was one of the...
February 17th, 2020
Lightning Goaltending

Sunday was Hockey Day in America and the National Hockey League celebrated with a day full of great action. In addition to our Monday morning staple, the “Week in Review,” we will take a look at a big game in New Jersey. Blackwood Steals the Show The Columbus Blue Jackets have been one of the better stories of the 2019-20 season. After dealing with a mass exodus of free agents during offseason and many key injuries since opening night, they are right in the middle of the playoff race. However, their road to the Stanley Cup playoffs has gotten a little rockier with their recent 0-3-2 stretch. They lost their fifth in a row on Sunday thanks to the efforts of New Jersey Devils’ netminder Mackenzie Blackwood. The Devils, who traded away captain Andy Green and forward Blake Coleman before the game, gutted out a 4-3 shootout win thanks to Blackwood’s gallant effort. After making 52 saves in regulation and overtime, he stopped six of the seven shots he faced in the...