Lightning Rumors & News

  • Bolts get 2-1 victory in shootout against Kings

    Tampa Tribune "What else to expect between two of the stingiest defensive teams in the league other than a low-scoring goaltenders duel. And what else to expect other than a game that extended past regulation as Tampa Bay skated away with a 2-1 victory in a shootout on Wednesday at Amalie Arena. Ben Bishop..." November 26

  • A brief history of the NHL pretending to fix scoring

    ESPN "The 1992-93 season is often seen as being among the best ever. Mario Lemieux beat cancer and had 160 points in 60 games. Teemu Selanne obliterated the rookie scoring record with 76 goals. A new wave of Russian stars such as Sergei Fedorov, Alexander Mogilny and Pavel Bure was dazzling fans. And..." November 24

  • The NHL's Most Valuable Teams "Combine lots of playoff hockey and a cash-rich arena with the National Hockey League’s biggest market and you get the sport’s most valuable franchise. For the first time since 2004 the New York Rangers are the most valuable team TISI +% in the NHL, worth $1.2 billion. The Rangers generated the..." November 24

  • Report: NHL moving closer to testing players for cocaine

    Sportsnet "According to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports, The NHL could very well expand their current drug testing to include cocaine by the end of this season. Cocaine use among NHL players has been brought up several times in the past year. New York Rangers forward Jarret Stoll, then a member of the Los..." November 23

  • Bishop, Lightning shut out Ducks

    Tampa Bay Times "Goalie Ben Bishop said he believes in the "law of averages." Having lost several hard-luck starts for the Lightning this season because of little goal support — including having a five-game losing streak — he figured it'd all balance out. What a better day for that to start than Saturday,..." November 22

  • Lightning's Callahan questionable against Ducks "Forward Ryan Callahan could be back in the lineup when the Tampa Bay Lightning play the Anaheim Ducks at Amalie Arena on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; PRIME, FS-SD, SUN). Callahan was a full participant in practice Friday and did not wear a non-contact jersey. Lightning coach Jon Cooper did not give..." November 21

  • As fisticuffs fade in NHL, Lightning has no fights this season

    Tampa Bay Times "It looked like J.T. Brown was destined to drop his gloves Thursday night. Brown, 25, was the perfect pest, jawing, jabbing, throwing his body all over the place against the Rangers. With agitators Cedric Paquette and Ryan Callahan out with injuries, Brown, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound wing, believed..." November 21

  • NHL reportedly will add regular season bye weeks for each team beginning in 2016

    SB Nation "The NHL is taking a page from the NFL's playbook next season, as the league has reportedly agreed with the NHL Players Association to install bye weeks for every team in the 2016-17 schedule. Each club will receive a week off between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28 next season, according to ESPN reporter..." November 21

  • Injury-plagued Bolts put end to Rangers win streak

    Tampa Tribune "Undermanned but hardly overmatched, the Lightning emerged with a 2-1 victory Thursday night as goaltender Ben Bishop continued to torment the New York Rangers. Bishop, who shut out the Rangers at Madison Square Garden in Games 5 and 7 of the Eastern Conference final last season, stopped 20..." November 20

  • NHL players were 'uncomfortable' with All-Star fantasy draft

    The Score "With the NHL announcing its surprising new format for the 2016 All-Star Game, involving a 3-on-3 mini-tournament, Mathieu Schneider of the NHLPA discussed what went wrong with the fantasy draft format used at the last three All-Star Games. "I think the concept was neat. In the beginning," said..." November 20

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    Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

    The league will fit the 5-day bye break into schedules for each team between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28 next season...

  • New format for Honda NHL All-Star Game announced "The 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game will be transformed into a 3-on-3 All-Star Tournament among the NHL's most talented star players from each division, the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) and National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today. The new format will divide the..." November 19

  • NHL All-Star Game to comprise 3 20-minute, 3-on-3 games

    ESPN "Changes are indeed afoot for January's NHL All-Star Game at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. How about three mini-games for the price of one? This year's All-Star Game will be three separate 20-minute, 3-on-3 games resulting from a four-team mini-playoff, sources confirmed to..." November 18

  • Aaron Ekblad scores with 20.2 seconds left to lift Panthers to 1-0 win over Lightning

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Now, it's a rivalry, sort of. After two chippy, one-goal games in three days, the Panthers and Lightning may just finally be good at the same time, a prerequisite for any rivalry, rather than just being geographically linked. Unlike Saturday's wild, wide-open shootout 5-4 victory by the..." November 17

  • Gary Bettman earned $9.6 million in season that followed lockout

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman reportedly earned more than $9.6 million in base salary and benefits in the season that followed the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign, according to the Sports Business Journal. Bettman's earnings represented an $800,000 raise from the previous year, in which he..." November 17

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    Erik Erlendsson @erlendssonTBO

    Paquette Drouin and Johnson all out tonight for #tblightning so Marchessault Taormina and Blunden all in the lineup

  • Pirri nets penalty shot and shootout goal to lift Panthers to 5-4 win over Lightning

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Since rejoining the Panthers a few seasons ago, veteran goalie Roberto Luongo has inarguably been the team's most valuable player game in and game out. In most losses Luongo is quick to shoulder the blame even when he rarely deserves it. However, in Saturday's wild and wacky 5-4 shootout..." November 15

  • Lightning get much-needed win against Calgary

    Tampa Tribune "Wash. Rinse. Repeat. That has been the cycle the Lightning have been stuck on in recent weeks - receive stellar goaltending but struggle to score. At least for one night, however, Tampa Bay avoided seeing the season start to spin out of control. Steven Stamkos finally helped give Ben..." November 13

  • Calgary Flames trade for Lightning goaltender

    Sportsnet "The Calgary Flames goaltending pool just got a little deeper. The struggling club acquired goaltender Kevin Poulin from the Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday morning in exchange for future considerations. The Flames will send Poulin to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Stockton Heat. A..." November 12

  • Eichel, Sabres deliver solid win against Lightning

    Buffalo News "It was Game 15 of the long NHL grind, not even halfway through November. But the Buffalo Sabres stood up and made quite a statement Tuesday night in Amalie Arena. With a national television audience watching them for the first time this season, the Sabres never trailed and held a lead for more..." November 11

  • Guy Boucher will return to North America at end of Swiss season

    The Score "One of the more talented coaches currently plying his trade outside the NHL is returning to North America next season. Guy Boucher announced he will leave his post as head coach of SC Bern of Switzerland's top division at the end of this season, citing personal reasons." November 11

  • Stamkos doing "due diligence" on contract

    Tampa Bay Times "When it comes to the contract saga of Lightning captain Steven Stamkos, things have remained pretty quiet. Both sides have refrained from speaking publicly on the subject, with general manager Steve Yzerman always saying, "when there's announcement to make, we'll announce it." Stamkos, in the..." November 11

  • NHL considering bigger nets if it can’t shrink goalie gear

    Yahoo! Sports "David Poile sees it as a goalie-sized panic button. “The subject that no one wants to go to right now. The last resort,” said the Nashville Predators general manager. “The bigger nets.” Through 215 games, the NHL is averaging 5.26 goals per game played. Last season ended with a 5.32..." November 11

  • Are bigger nets the right answer for the NHL?

    Puck Drunk Love "After some pretty significant rule changes in the NHL it seems like changing the rulebook is the topic du jour around the league. Everyone has an opinion about how the league should be run but the most headway is being made when trying to change the rules. The most recent topic discussed is..." November 10

  • Bolts’ Ondrej Palat out 3-5 weeks with lower body injury

    Tampa Tribune "The slumping Tampa Bay Lightning will have to face the next month of the season without one of their key players. Left wing Ondrej Palat will miss 3-5 weeks with what the team called an unspecified lower-body injury, suffered during Saturday’s loss at Minnesota. Palat wore a brace around his..." November 10

  • Report: NHL won't vote on expansion at Board of Governors

    Yardbarker "It looks like the wait for the final decision on NHL expansion is going to continue. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced Monday that the matter of adding new teams to the NHL will not be voted on at the up-coming Board of Governors meeting, Dan Rosen of reported: “Commissioner..." November 10

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    Tampa Bay Lightning @TBLightning

    UPDATE: #TBLightning forward Ondrej Palat will miss 3-5 weeks with a lower body injury.

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    Joe Smith @TBTimes_JSmith

    #tblightning recalled Nesterov from Syracuse

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    Tampa Bay Lightning @TBLightning

    Ondrej Palat has sustained a lower body injury and will not return to tonight’s game. #TBLvsMIN

  • Dubnyk and Wild shut the door on Lightning in 1-0 shutout

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "With the Wild set to begin a string of games without Zach Parise, coach Mike Yeo spent the past two days asking for a renewed focus defensively and for “guys” to step up. After Saturday night’s 1-0 victory over the reigning Eastern Conference champion Tampa Bay Lightning, Yeo said, “Those guys..." November 08

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    Joe Smith @TBTimes_JSmith

    Everyone accounted for at #TBLightning skate. Drouin, who has missed five games, is skating too. Questionable for tonight

  • Bolts rediscover winning form, defeat Buffalo 4-1

    Tampa Tribune "Slowly the Tampa Bay Lightning appear to be rekindling their game. It’s far from perfect, but Tampa Bay at least is starting to show some spark to find a way to win games despite all the early season struggles. On Thursday that featured an offensive explosion early and a tighten-up the..." November 06

  • Larkin is Wings' hero again in win over Lightning

    Detroit News "The Red Wings are beginning to play better as Dylan Larkin continues the fine start to his NHL career. Larkin proved to be the difference Tuesday as his third-period goal broke and tie and sent the Red Wings to a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Goalie Jimmy Howard stopped 29 shots..." November 04

  • Lightning's Triplets line splits up — for now

    Tampa Bay Times "Lightning coach Jon Cooper has said he's not married to the Triplets, or any line. He's shown that by breaking up the Triplets (Ondrej Palat, Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov) - the most productive line in the league last year - during three games this season, including the second period Sunday..." November 03

  • Scoring drought ends as Bolts beat Carolina 4-3

    Tampa Tribune "The Lightning’s recent struggles on offense were starting to make one wonder if they weren’t trying to fall asleep at night counting goose eggs instead of sheep. Tampa Bay entered Sunday’s game at Carolina having been shut out twice in the past week — the team was shut out once all last season..." November 02

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    Joe Smith @TBTimes_JSmith

    #TBLightning @jodrouin27 (lower body) says it's just a "tweak" but unsure if he'll return on trip. "Hard to tell. I don't know. We'll see"

  • Vasilevskiy (blood clot) completes conditioning stint, rejoins Lightning

    Pro Hockey Talk "After missing the first month of the season with a blood clot near his collarbone, it seems Andrei Vasilevskiy is ready to play for Tampa Bay. The Lightning announced that Vasilevskiy has been recalled from his AHL conditioning stint. They sent down netminder Kristers Gudlevskis in a..." November 01

  • Connolly pots another winner in Bruins win over Lightning

    Boston Herald "When the Tampa Bay Lightning selected Brett Connolly with the sixth overall pick in the 2010 draft, they hoped they were getting a guy with the ability to score goals, and also be a solid all-round player. That’s just what Connolly has been for the Bruins the last several games — and what he..." November 01

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    Erik Erlendsson @erlendssonTBO

    Cooper said Johnson's availability is "on the fence" tomorrow night and a call up could be coming

  • Avalanche ends four-game winless skid with victory at Tampa Bay

    Denver Post "Strong performances by goalie Semyon Varlamov and the Nathan MacKinnon-centered line helped the Avalanche snap a four-game winless streak Thursday. Varlamov (34 saves) was nearly perfect and MacKinnon and left winger Alex Tanguay scored "greasy" goals from blue paint. The power play, however,..." October 30

  • NHL coaches are up to the challenge with new rule allowing them to review goals

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Dan Bylsma is a big supporter of the NHL's decision to introduce coaching challenges this season. It makes no difference to the Buffalo Sabres' first-year coach that the new rule cost his team in its season-opening game. The Sabres became the NHL's second team to have a goal disallowed as a..." October 30

  • Allen, Blues blank Lightning

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "They were goaltending partners in the American Hockey League for two seasons and “good buddies still to this day.” But Jake Allen and Ben Bishop put their friendship aside Tuesday night at Scottrade Center. Allen and Bishop came up together in the Blues’ system, sharing the net with the Peoria..." October 28

  • Bolts G Vasilevskiy rejoins team after recovery from blood clot

    Tampa Tribune "For two months, Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy dressed in full gear, went on the ice for 30 to 40 minutes, did skating and movement drills — but never faced shots that carried higher than his waist. That daily ritual was followed by 40 minutes in the gym as he recovered from..." October 27

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    Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie

    Poulin (TB) clears waivers. Farnham (PIT) on waivers.

  • Jonathan Toews lifts Blackhawks to OT victory in Final rematch

    Chicago Sun-Times "For Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper, Saturday’s Stanley Cup Final rematch at the United Center was a gutting — yet motivating — reminder of just how close his team came to hockey immortality in June. “It was exhilarating, exciting, it was all these things all bunched into one,” Cooper..." October 25

  • Bolts tic-tac-toe their way to OT victory over Winnipeg

    Tampa Tribune "Ben Bishop atoned for his blunder and his teammates bailed him out. Ondrej Palat scored 36 seconds into overtime to lift Tampa Bay to a 4-3 victory against Winnipeg on Friday, the winning goal coming seconds after Bishop stopped a breakaway attempt from Bryan Little. Cedric Paquette,..." October 24

  • Lightning recall goaltender Gudlevskis from AHL "The Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday recalled goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis from Syracuse of the American Hockey League. Gudlevskis was 2-0-0 for the Crunch with a 2.00 goals-against average and .930 save percentage." October 24

  • Canadians do not make up the majority of NHL players this season

    TSN "For the first time in the 98-year history of the NHL, Canadians do not make up the majority of the league’s players. With an all-time high of players born outside of North America, Canadian-born players made up just 49.7 per cent of the 680 players to appear in a game in the first two weeks of..." October 22

  • The NHL's war against female fans, and the media's complicity in it

    Stanley Cup Of Chowder "The Patrick Kane case, the latest in a long line of NHL players getting into trouble, has seen the NHL media defence machine crank up again-a machine that's contributing dangerously to the lack of change in NHL culture. It's a machine driven by journalistic self opinion that needs to be broken..." October 22

  • NHL's compensation policy needs to go

    TSN "Jim Benning woke up today to find a few more million in his budget and an extra second-round pick in his holster. What did the Vancouver Canucks general manager do to make this happen? Swing a trade? Learn a magic trick? Nope. Benning rolled out of bed, put on his slippers and turned on..." October 22