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Lightning Need Sergachev on the Power Play

Lightning Need Sergachev on the Power Play

October 13th, 2018 Through their first two games of the 2018-19 season, the Tampa Bay Lightning are 1-1-0 with a close win on opening night against the Florida Panthers and an abysmal loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Oct. 11. While scoring never seemed to be an issue, it seems as though this year might be...
Lightning Must Weather Deep Atlantic Division

Lightning Must Weather Deep Atlantic Division

October 12th, 2018 In a word, the Tampa Bay Lightning's scheduled start to the 2018-19 season was atrocious. By the time they played their second game of the year on October 11th, fellow Atlantic division rivals the Toronto Maple Leafs will be playing their fifth. Sure, this won't mean anything by the end...

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September 29th, 2018
Lightning Prospects

With preseason games drawing to a close, the Tampa Bay Lightning have a few decisions to make regarding their opening night roster. Many young guys have impressed the coaching staff throughout training camp, making it hard for the team to decide who sticks around past the first wave of cuts. There's no guarantee any of these prospects will have an impact like Brayden Point did two years ago. In all likelihood, three of the remaining nine players left in camp will secure a spot on the Lightning roster to begin the season. One of those will be temporary, however, as fourth line winger Ryan Callahan is expected to return from offseason shoulder surgery in early November. Other spots can open up, as we've seen a few teams around the league lose top players to injury during preseason games. The Anaheim Ducks will be missing the services of Corey Perry for about five months after he underwent knee surgery. Meanwhile, the Columbus Blue Jackets will be without All-Star defenseman...
September 29th, 2018
Lightning Prospects

When the Tampa Bay Lightning traded goaltender Ben Bishop to the Los Angeles Kings at the 2017 trade deadline for Peter Budaj and defensive prospect Erik Cernak, it was hard not to feel underwhelmed by the return. During his tenure in Tampa Bay, Bishop was one of the best goaltenders in team history. He not only set multiple franchise records as a starter, but he also earned two Vezina nominations, an unheard of feat for the franchise. The return of a backup goaltender and a prospect just didn't seem to add up to what the Lightning were losing. However, less than two years after the trade, you can see why then-general manager Steve Yzerman pulled the trigger. Even if Budaj was eventually replaced by Louis Domingue as the team's backup goaltender, Cernak is already starting to make a name for himself within the franchise. After a strong first year as a full-time pro with the Syracuse Crunch and some impressive preseason play, the young Slovakian defenseman is making a case to...
September 26th, 2018
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Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron has been one of the best two-way forwards since he broke into the NHL in 2003. Bergeron has finished in the top three for the Selke Trophy in each of the last seven seasons and he's had over 50 points in 10 of his 14 NHL seasons. Two years ago, Brayden Point unexpectedly made the Tampa Bay Lightning's opening night roster and played 68 games for the Bolts in 2016-17. Last season, Point had 66 points and 12 game-winning goals, tied for most in the league with Nathan MacKinnon. He also finished eighth in Selke Trophy voting last season, and he has proven to be one of the up-and-coming two-way centers in today's game. Related: Brayden Point Is a Star In The Making There are some strange similarities between Point and Bergeron, and to compare those similarities, I will look at their statistics from last season, as well as where they were drafted, to see if Point is becoming the NHL's next Bergeron. The Basics Point stands 5-foot-10, 166 pounds,...
September 25th, 2018
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For the Tampa Bay Lightning, the 2018-19 season offers a clean slate for the franchise to recenter and focus solely on capturing the greatest trophy of them all, Lord Stanley's Cup. After making it to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final in two of the past three seasons and sniffing the Stanley Cup in 2015, the time is now for the Tampa Bay Lightning. The days of paying lip service to their role as preseason favorites are over. It's time to take action, putting to rest any chatter that they are the new Washington Capitals: an uber-talented team that struggles when it counts most in the playoffs. Expectations Will Shape the Lightning's Season This season could be pivotal for the future of the Lightning. It shouldn't be a question of whether or not they make the postseason this year, but instead how deep they go. Reaching the Conference Finals won't satisfy this team or fanbase anymore. From upper management to coaches to players and even the fans, failing to win the Stanley Cup...

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Martin St. Louis, the Little Big Man

This article was originally written in August, 2010. Little Big Men have always been a staple in the NHL.  You know the type: fast as the wind, nimble on their feet, quick with their hands, tough to play against.  Henri Richard, Marcel Dionne, Brian Gionta. Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay... November 4th, 2017