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Tampa Bay Lightning Player Notes
For The Last 365 Days
 
Ryan Callahan, RW6/25/2014 3:00:00 PM
Description: Winger Ryan Callahan is staying with the Lightning on a six-year deal worth $34.8 million.
Insight: Callahan had six goals and five assists in 20 games after the Rangers traded him to Tampa Bay for Martin St. Louis. The gritty forward has accumulated 265 points in 470 career games.
Ondrej Palat, LW6/10/2014 8:02:00 PM
Description: Ondrej Palat and the Lightning have agreed to a new three-year, $10 million deal. SOURCE: St. Petersburg Times
Insight: Palat performed admirably as a rookie, scoring 23 goals and contributing 36 assists in 81 regular season contests. The 23-year-old has a bright future in Tampa Bay.
Tyler Johnson, C5/23/2014 8:33:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center Tyler Johnson has agreed to a three-year, $10 million contract extension. SOURCE: Elliotte Friedman, Hockey Night in Canada
Insight: The 23-year-old is coming off a strong rookie season, delivering 50 points (24 goals, 26 assists) in 82 appearances. Johnson is a bargain at that price.
Ryan Callahan, RW5/15/2014 8:22:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay right wing Ryan Callahan is keeping his options open in free agency. SOURCE: St. Petersburg Times
Insight: The Lightning have already approached Callahan about a new contract but he wants to see what other offers are out there before making a decision. Callahan (17 goals, 19 assists in 65 appearances) was traded for Martin St. Louis at this year's trade deadline.
Ondrej Palat, LW4/23/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat recorded two points (one goal, one assist) in Tuesday's season-ending loss to Montreal.
Insight: Tampa Bay was eliminated after just four games. Palat had a tremendous rookie season, generating 23 goals and 36 assists in 81 regular season contests. He'll be a top pick in next year's fantasy draft.
Radko Gudas, D4/22/2014 6:57:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay defenseman Radko Gudas (lower body) will not play in Game 4 against Montreal on Tuesday, according to Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune
Insight: Gudas had one point and nine penalty minutes in the first three games. Tampa Bay will try to avoid a sweep Tuesday.
Steven Stamkos, C4/22/2014 10:30:00 AM
Description: Center Steven Stamkos is probable for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Tuesday against Montreal after taking an accidental knee to the head in Game 3.
Insight: Stamkos came back into the game in the third period after the incident. He's a point-a-game superstar with four points in three games in this series and 40 points in 37 games during the regular season.
Sami Salo, D4/22/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay defenseman Sami Salo (upper body) is questionable for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Tuesday against Montreal.
Insight: The 39-year-old defenseman missed Sunday's game even after skating in the morning, so he must be close to returning. He posted 17 points in 71 games during the regular season, but was scoreless in the first two games of the series with the Canadiens.
Ben Bishop, G4/21/2014 7:50:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop has already been ruled out for Tuesday's Game 4 in Montreal. SOURCE: Montreal Gazette
Insight: The Lightning are facing elimination and will have to do it without Bishop (37-14-7, 2.23 GAA), who injured his elbow on April 8th and hasn't appeared in a game since. Anders Lindback will start in his place.
Steven Stamkos, C4/20/2014 10:30:00 PM
Description: Steven Stamkos assisted on both Tampa Bay goals Sunday in a Game 3 loss to Montreal.
Insight: Stamkos now has four points in the series. Despite Stamkos' efforts, the Lightning now trail three games to none and will need a miracle to get back in the series.
Ondrej Palat, LW4/18/2014 2:45:00 PM
Description: Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat has been downgraded to out for Friday's game against Montreal. SOURCE: Chris Johnston, Sportsnet
Insight: He left Game 1 with an upper body injury. He was very productive this season with 23 goals and 36 assists. Add in 165 SOG and a +32 rating and you have a fantasy star.
Ondrej Palat, LW4/17/2014 9:33:00 PM
Description: Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat is questionable for Friday's game against Montreal. SOURCE: Chris Johnston, Sportsnet
Insight: He left Game 1 with an upper body injury. Tampa Bay is looking to even the series at one game a piece.
Steven Stamkos, C4/16/2014 10:37:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Steven Stamkos lit the lamp twice in Wednesday's Game 1 loss to Montreal.
Insight: His second goal tied the game at four with a little over six minutes remaining in the third period. Stamkos now has eight goals in 19 career postseason games.
Ben Bishop, G4/15/2014 6:15:00 PM
Description: The Lightning won't have starting goalie Ben Bishop Wednesday for Game 1 against the Canadiens. SOURCE: Chris Stevenson, Sun Media
Insight: He suffered an elbow injury about a week ago. Anders Lindback (8-12-2, 2.90 GAA) will be in net for Wednesday's playoff opener.
Valtteri Filppula, C4/15/2014 6:11:00 PM
Description: Valtteri Filppula expects to play Wednesday when the Lightning open postseason play against Montreal. SOURCE: Lightning.nhl.com
Insight: Filppula missed Tampa Bay's final two regular season games with a lower body injury. He was third on the team in scoring this season with 58 points in 75 games (25 goals, 33 assists).
Ondrej Palat, LW4/15/2014 6:08:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay left wing Ondrej Palat will return from his upper body injury Wednesday against Montreal. SOURCE: Lightning.nhl.com
Insight: Palat's absence Sunday in the regular season finale was probably just a precaution. He was second among rookies in scoring this year with 59 points in 81 appearances (23 goals, 36 helpers).
Valtteri Filppula, C4/14/2014 8:03:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Valtteri Filppula (lower body) is uncertain to play in Game 1 of the playoffs against the Canadiens, according to the Tampa Tribune.
Insight: Filppula (25 G, 33 A) suffered a lower-body injury last Thursday against the Flyers and sat out the regular season finale. He finished with a career-high 25 goals to go with 33 assists (58 points) and 131 SOG in 75 games.
Ondrej Palat, LW4/14/2014 8:00:00 PM
Description: Lightning rookie winger Ondrej Palat (upper body) missed the regular season finale on Sunday and is questionable for the start of the postseason, according to the Tampa Tribune.
Insight: Palat didn't miss a game all season until Sunday. The 23-year-old had 23 goals, 36 assists (59 points) and a +32 rating. In a typical season that production would have won him the Calder Trophy, but Nathan MacKinnon was slightly better.
Teddy Purcell, RW4/13/2014 3:30:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay right wing Teddy Purcell (illness) returned to the lineup Sunday after all, according to Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: Purcell was initially ruled out but he's feeling better. He came into Sunday with 12 goals and 30 assists in 80 games.
Valtteri Filppula, C4/13/2014 3:28:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Valtteri Filppula (lower body) missed Sunday's regular season finale.
Insight: Filppula (25 G, 33 A) suffered a lower-body injury Thursday against the Flyers. He's scored just one point in five games this month after producing 16 in March and will finish with a career-high 25 goals, 58 points and 131 SOG in 75 games.
Teddy Purcell, RW4/13/2014 11:51:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay right wing Teddy Purcell is still out with the flu. SOURCE: St. Petersburg Times
Insight: The illness will prevent Purcell from playing Sunday against Washington. He'll finish the regular season with 12 goals, 30 assists and a -3 rating in 80 appearances.
Victor Hedman, DHot4/11/2014 10:27:00 PM
Description: Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (lower body) never returned to Friday's game.
Insight: Hedman (13 G, 42 A) left early on with the injury. He has been on a tear, producing eight points (one goal, seven assists) in his last five games.
Victor Hedman, DHot4/11/2014 8:34:00 PM
Description: Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman suffered a lower body injury early in Friday's game and is questionable to return, according to Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: Hedman (13 G, 42 A) has been on a tear, producing eight points (one goal, seven assists) in his last five games.
Teddy Purcell, RW4/11/2014 7:27:00 PM
Description: Lightning winger Teddy Purcell will not play Friday due to the flu.
Insight: Purcell has 42 points (12 goals, 30 assists) and 156 SOG in 80 games. He had better production the last three seasons.
Valtteri Filppula, C4/11/2014 7:26:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Valtteri Filppula (lower body) will miss Friday's game, according to Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: Filppula (25 G, 33 A) suffered a lower-body injury Thursday against the Flyers. He's scored just one point in five games this month after producing 16 in March.
Sami Salo, D4/11/2014 5:15:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay defenseman Sami Salo (upper body) will not play Friday, according to nhl.com.
Insight: The 39-year-old defenseman will miss his second straight game but could be back Sunday for the regular season finale. He has four goals, 13 assists and 80 SOG in 70 games this season.
Tyler Johnson, C4/10/2014 10:30:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Tyler Johnson had a goal and an assist Thursday against the Flyers to reach 50 points this season.
Insight: Johnson, teammate Ondrej Palat (58 points) and Nathan MacKinnon (62 points) are the only rookies who have hit the 40-point mark, and all three have 50 or more.
Ben Bishop, G4/10/2014 5:20:00 PM
Description: Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (upper body) will not play again in the regular season, according to nhl.com.
Insight: Bishop is in the running for the Vezina Trophy after going 37-14-7 with a 2.23 GAA and a .924 SV% this season, but he sustained an upper-body injury Tuesday. Anders Lindback will start until Bishop is ready to return.
Sami Salo, D4/10/2014 5:19:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay defenseman Sami Salo (upper body) will not play Thursday against the Flyers, according to nhl.com.
Insight: The 39-year-old defenseman has four goals, 13 assists and 80 SOG in 70 games this season.
Anders Lindback, G4/9/2014 10:27:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay netminder Anders Lindback saved all 25 shots he faced Tuesday in a win against Toronto.
Insight: Lindback wasn't credited with the shutout because Ben Bishop started the game. If Bishop's upper-body injury is still an issue on Thursday, Lindback (6-12-2, 3.11 GAA) would make his 17th start of the season against the Flyers.
Ondrej Palat, LWHot4/8/2014 10:13:00 PM
Description: Lightning rookie winger Ondrej Palat scored two goals Tuesday against the Maple Leafs.
Insight: Palat has generated six points during a four-game scoring streak and 57 points in 79 games this season. If not for Nathan MacKinnon, Palat would be a run-away Calder Trophy winner.
Victor Hedman, DHot4/8/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman had a goal and two assists Tuesday against Toronto.
Insight: Hedman has produced six points over his last four games and 16 in his last 20. The 23-year-old former second overall pick has broken out with 13 goals and 53 points in his fifth professional season.
Ben Bishop, G4/8/2014 9:07:00 PM
Description: Lightning goalie Ben Bishop is done for the night after injuring his left arm Tuesday against the Maple Leafs. SOURCE: Erik Erlendsson, Tampa Tribune
Insight: Bishop made three saves before exiting with 14 minutes left in the first period. Anders Lindback (5-12-2, 3.26 GAA) will spend the rest of tonight's game between the pipes.
Alex Killorn, C4/1/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Alex Killorn scored his 17th goal of the season Tuesday against the Canadiens.
Insight: Killorn has 40 points, 59 PIM, 162 SOG and a +9 rating in 76 games this season.
Tyler Johnson, C4/1/2014 10:39:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Tyler Johnson scored a goal Tuesday against Montreal.
Insight: Johnson had zero points in his last three games of March. He's third among rookies with 48 points this season.
Valtteri Filppula, CHot3/30/2014 10:13:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Valtteri Filppula extended his points streak to 12 games with a goal Sunday against the Red Wings.
Insight: The streak has Filppula up to 57 points in 70 games this season.
Steven Stamkos, CHot3/30/2014 9:39:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay center Steven Stamkos scored the game-winner Saturday at Buffalo.
Insight: He finished the contest with two goals and an assist. Stamkos has been on fire since his return from a broken leg, scoring nine goals over his last nine appearances.
Ryan Callahan, RW3/27/2014 11:00:00 PM
Description: Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan had two goals Thursday against the Islanders.
Insight: Callahan has generated eight points (four goals) in 11 games with the Lightning, a better pace than the 25 points in 45 games he had with the Rangers.
Steven Stamkos, CHot3/22/2014 7:37:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Steven Stamkos had two points -- 1 G, 1 A -- Saturday against the Penguins.
Insight: Stamkos has scored six goals and added three assists in his last six games after going scoreless in his first three games back from his broken leg.
Valtteri Filppula, CHot3/22/2014 7:35:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Valtteri Filppula's goal Saturday against the Penguins extended his points streak to eight games.
Insight: Filppula has amassed 12 points during the streak and 53 points (24 goals, 29 assists) in 66 games during the 2013-14 season, his first with Tampa Bay after seven seasons with the Red Wings.
Teddy Purcell, RW3/20/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: Teddy Purcell sparked the Lightning with two goals Thursday in a win over Ottawa.
Insight: Victor Hedman and Tyler Johnson assisted on both goals. The seven shots Purcell attempted were his most since November 21st against San Jose. The victory stretches Tampa Bay's winning streak to five games.
Steven Stamkos, C3/19/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Steven Stamkos needed a little less than two periods to record his seventh career hat trick Wednesday against the Maple Leafs.
Insight: That gives Stamkos five goals since his return from a fractured tibia. After losing three straight following the departure of Martin St. Louis (traded to the Rangers), Tampa Bay has now won four in a row.
Steven Stamkos, C3/17/2014 10:31:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center Steven Stamkos had a goal and an assist Monday against the Canucks.
Insight: Stamkos has yet to have a point in back-to-back games in six games since returning from a broken leg, but he has notched two points in two of the last three contests.
Ondrej Palat, LWHot3/17/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Lightning rookie winger Ondrej Palat ran his scoring streak to five games on Monday with a goal and an assist against the Canucks.
Insight: Palat has delivered four goals and nine points during the streak. The 22-year-old former seventh-round pick ranks second among rookies with 46 points, four ahead of teammate Tyler Johnson.
Valtteri Filppula, CHot3/17/2014 10:27:00 PM
Description: After handing out six assists over his previous three games, Lightning center Valtteri Filppula did some scoring of his own Monday, picking up one of Tampa Bay's four goals in a win over the Canucks.
Insight: Filppula has a five-game points streak going. The 29-year-old is up to 49 points in 63 games, and next goal will tie a career high in that category.
Ben Bishop, G3/15/2014 9:44:00 PM
Description: Ben Bishop wasn't letting anything get past him Saturday in a win against New Jersey.
Insight: The Lightning netminder stopped all 23 shots that came his way. He now has five shutouts, second-most behind Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask. Bishop should be in action again Monday versus Vancouver.
Valtteri Filppula, CHot3/13/2014 10:10:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Valtteri Filppula was in a giving mood Thursday, handing out three assists.
Insight: Filppula has come up with five points in his last three games and 46 points in 61 games this season. A broken ankle prevented the 29-year-old from challenging his career high of 66 points, set in 2011-12, but he already has the second highest points total of his career.
Ondrej Palat, LWHot3/13/2014 10:08:00 PM
Description: Lightning rookie winger Ondrej Palat has contributed six points (three goals) in his last three games.
Insight: Palat is in a spirited competition with teammate Tyler Johnson for second place in scoring among rookies (Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon leads the field with 51). Palat has 43 points to Johnson's 42.
Tyler Johnson, CHot3/13/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Tyler Johnson has notched a point in five straight games.
Insight: He's scored four goals in that span and picked up his 21st goal of the season Thursday. Johnson ranks third among rookies with 42 points, one behind teammate Ondrej Palat.
Steven Stamkos, C3/13/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center Steven Stamkos had his first two points since he returned from his injury Thursday against the Panthers with one goal and one assist.
Insight: Stamkos went without a point in his first three games after missing nearly four months with a broken leg, but he still has 25 points (15 goals) in 21 games this season.
Ryan Callahan, RW3/13/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: Ryan Callahan scored his first goal with the Lightning on Thursday.
Insight: Callahan has generated three points and 14 SOG in four games with Tampa Bay after posting 25 and 109 in 45 games with the Rangers.
Sami Salo, D3/13/2014 6:53:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay defenseman Sami Salo (ankle) will play Thursday against Florida, according to the Lighting on Twitter.
Insight: The 39-year-old has just two goals and 12 points in 56 games this season. You can do better.
Radko Gudas, D3/13/2014 6:52:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay defenseman Radko Gudas (leg) will return to action Thursday after missing the last four games, according to the Lightning on Twitter.
Insight: Gudas' fantasy value is in the 122 penalty minutes he's amassed and not so much in the 16 points (2 goals) and 89 SOG.
Sami Salo, D3/13/2014 1:54:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay defenseman Sami Salo (ankle) is questionable for Thursday's game against Florida with a left leg injury.
Insight: The 39-year-old has just two goals and 12 points in 56 games this season. You can do better.
Radko Gudas, D3/13/2014 1:40:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay defenseman Radko Gudas has missed the past four games and is questionable for Thursday's game with Florida due to a left leg injury.
Insight: Gudas' fantasy value is in the 122 penalty minutes he's amassed and not so much in the 16 points (2 goals) and 89 SOG.
Ondrej Palat, LW3/10/2014 10:24:00 PM
Description: Ondrej Palat was involved in all three Tampa Bay goals Monday in a loss to Phoenix.
Insight: Palat (17 goals, 25 assists) scored two goals of his own and assisted on another. The six shots Palat fired on net were more than he had in his previous three games combined (four). The Lightning have now lost four straight.
Steven Stamkos, C3/8/2014 11:15:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay center Steven Stamkos came out of Thursday's game without incident and should be ready to go Saturday.
Insight: Stamkos missed 45 games with a broken tibia. Stamkos is one of the top players in the NHL and will be able to produce with anyone, but it certainly doesn't help that he won't have St. Louis as a linemate. He played on a line with Teddy Purcell and Alex Killorn for most of Thursday.
Radko Gudas, D3/8/2014 11:14:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay defenseman Radko Gudas is not expected to play Saturday due to a left leg injury.
Insight: Gudas left Sunday's game in the second period. He tried to skate before the third period but was unable to do so. His fantasy value is in the 122 penalty minutes he's amassed and not so much in the 16 points (2 goals) and 89 SOG.
Ryan Callahan, RW3/6/2014 6:47:00 PM
Description: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman is hoping to ink Ryan Callahan to a long-term extension. SOURCE: Tampa Tribune
Insight: That's what it's going to take to keep him in Tampa Bay. Callahan, who was acquired yesterday in a trade with the Rangers, is set to make his Lightning debut Thursday against Buffalo.
Radko Gudas, D3/6/2014 11:28:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay defenseman Radko Gudas is not expected to play Thursday due to a left leg injury.
Insight: Gudas left Sunday's game in the second period. He tried to skate before the third period but was unable to do so. His fantasy value is in the 122 penalty minutes he's amassed and not so much in the 16 points (2 goals) and 89 SOG.
Steven Stamkos, C3/5/2014 11:32:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay center Steven Stamkos met with doctors Wednesday and was given medical clearance to return to action Thursday against the Sabres. SOURCE: Stamkos' official Twitter
Insight: Stamkos missed 45 games with a broken tibia. He'll return to a changed landscape in Tampa Bay, as the Lightning traded longtime forward Martin St. Louis to the New York Rangers for Ryan Callahan on Wednesday. Stamkos is one of the top players in the NHL and will be able to produce with anyone, but it certainly doesn't help that he won't have St. Louis as a linemate.
Ryan Callahan, RW3/5/2014 11:30:00 AM
Description: The Rangers dealt captain Ryan Callahan to the Tampa Bay Lighting in a package for Martin St. Louis on Wednesday.
Insight: Callahan will be a free agent after the season. He has 11 goals, 25 points and 109 SOG in 45 games, and his fantasy value could improve if he plays alongside Steven Stamkos.
Tyler Johnson, C3/4/2014 10:57:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Tyler Johnson scored his 18th goal of the season Tuesday at St. Louis.
Insight: Johnson has registered three points in his last eight games after coming up with 14 in January. His 38 points in 62 games rank second among rookies.
Valtteri Filppula, C3/4/2014 4:45:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Valtteri Filppula (ankle) will play Tuesday, according to Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune.
Insight: Filppula suffered a fractured ankle on Feb. 6. The 29-year-old had at least nine points in each of the first four months this season and 41 points in 56 games before his injury.
Radko Gudas, D3/3/2014 10:44:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay defenseman Radko Gudas is not expected to play Tuesday, according to Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune.
Insight: Gudas left Sunday's game with a lower-body injury. He tried to skate before the third period but was unable to do so and walked gingerly as he left the ice.
Martin St. Louis, RW3/1/2014 8:42:00 PM
Description: Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis netted two goals Saturday in a win over Dallas.
Insight: With March 5th's trade deadline coming up, this could be one of his last games with Tampa Bay. Both of St. Louis' goals were assisted by left wing Ondrej Palat (14 goals, 23 assists).
Valtteri Filppula, C3/1/2014 11:30:00 AM
Description: Lightning center Valtteri Filppula (ankle) should be able to play during Tampa Bay's four-game road trip, according to a St. Petersburg Times report.
Insight: Filppula was hoping to return Thursday after suffering a fractured ankle on Feb. 6, but he was still too sore. The 29-year-old had at least nine points in each of the first four months this season and has 41 points in 56 games this season. He's a must start when he finally returns.
Martin St. Louis, RW2/27/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis scored a pair of goals Thursday, bringing him to 27 on the season.
Insight: St. Louis is on pace for his highest goal total since putting up 43 in 2006-27 and he's also generated 31 assists. He's shown he can still put up numbers with anyone alongside him, even with Steven Stamkos out of the lineup since Nov. 11, so fantasy owners shouldn't fear a potential trade at the deadline.
Valtteri Filppula, C2/27/2014 6:09:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Valtteri Filppula (ankle) is not ready to return from his fractured ankle, according to tampabay.com.
Insight: Filppula was hoping to return Thursday after suffering a fractured ankle on Feb. 6, but he's still too sore. Coach Jon Cooper said Filppula is day-to-day and expects him to play at some point on the team's four-game road trip. The 29-year-old had at least nine points in each of the first four months this season.
Steven Stamkos, C2/24/2014 8:09:00 PM
Description: Though Steven Stamkos has already been ruled out for Tampa Bay's upcoming four-game road trip, the team is optimistic about him returning for March 6th's game against Buffalo. SOURCE: Damian Cristodero, Tampa Bay Times
Insight: Stamkos has now missed 41 games with a broken tibia. When healthy, he's one of the most explosive scorers in hockey. Fantasy owners should be preparing for his return.
Ondrej Palat, LWHot2/8/2014 10:23:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay winger Ondrej Palat has amassed 12 points in his last nine games.
Insight: Palat has produced 22 points in his last 22 games after picking up a goal and an assist Saturday against Detroit.
Ben Bishop, G2/8/2014 6:48:00 PM
Description: Lightning goalie Ben Bishop appears to be starting Saturday, according to Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: Bishop left Thursday's game due to an upper-body injury. He has been excellent this season, going 27-8-4 with a 1.97 GAA and .933 SV%.
Ben Bishop, G2/8/2014 10:21:00 AM
Description: Lightning goalie Ben Bishop is questionable for Saturday's game against Detroit.
Insight: Bishop has been excellent this season going 27-8-4 with a 1.97 GAA and .933 SV%. With Saturday the last game before the two-week break, they may give Bishop the night off.
Valtteri Filppula, C2/7/2014 1:32:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Valtteri Filppula has suffered a fractured ankle and is expected to miss three weeks according to Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune.
Insight: Obviously, Filppula won't be able to compete for Team Finland in the Sochi Olympics. Filppula (20 G, 21 A) has been consistent from month to month and fantasy owners will have a hard time replacing him. He normally plays on a line with Teddy Purcell and Alex Killorn.
Martin St. Louis, RW2/6/2014 5:34:00 PM
Description: Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis will replace the injured Steven Stamkos on Team Canada during the Sochi Olympics.
Insight: What's baffling is that St. Louis wasn't on the team to begin with. The 38-year-old has been as consistent as anyone in hockey this season (54 points in 56 games). St. Louis registered two goals and an assist when he represented Canada at the 2006 Winter Games.
Steven Stamkos, C2/5/2014 5:05:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Steven Stamkos (leg) will not be able to participate in the 2014 Winter Olympics, according to lightning.nhl.com.
Insight: Stamkos fractured his right tibia on Nov. 11 and had surgery the next day. He underwent a CT Scan Wednesday and wasn't cleared for game participation. Stamkos will be reevaluated in 2-3 weeks.
Valtteri Filppula, C2/4/2014 10:35:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay center Valtteri Filppula is questionable for Tuesday's game against Minnesota due to a lower-body injury.
Insight: Filppula (19 G, 21 A) has been consistent, producing nine to 11 points in all four months this season.
Steven Stamkos, C2/3/2014 7:03:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Steven Stamkos (leg) is targeting Saturday's game against the Red Wings for his return to the lineup, according to tsn.ca.
Insight: Stamkos fractured his right tibia on Nov. 11 and had surgery the next day. He plans to play for Team Canada in the Winter Olympics.
Nate Thompson, C2/1/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Nate Thompson scored both Lightning goals Saturday in an overtime win against Montreal.
Insight: Thompson had just three goals all season before Saturday. He's not someone you can rely on for points most nights, though he does boast a solid +8 rating in 54 games this season.
Valtteri Filppula, C1/31/2014 6:49:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center Valtteri Filppula left Thursday's game with a left hip/leg injury and is questionable for Saturday. SOURCE: tampabay.com
Insight: Filppula (19 G, 21 A) has been consistent, producing nine to 11 points in all four months this season. He may be held out as a precaution Saturday.
Ben Bishop, G1/31/2014 6:46:00 PM
Description: Lightning goalie Ben Bishop is questionable for Saturday's game due to a head injury, according to tampabay.com.
Insight: Teammate Nikita Kucherov accidentally kicked Bishop in the back of the head when Bishop ventured out of the crease and dove in an attempt to knock the puck away from Mika Zibanejad Thursday night. Anders Lindback (ankle) already has been ruled out, so the Lightning may have to call up two goalies.
Tyler Johnson, CHot1/30/2014 10:15:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Tyler Johnson scored a goal Thursday at Ottawa.
Insight: Johnson had his five-game points streak snapped Tuesday at Toronto but he has put up 17 points in his last 18 games and is tied for the rookie lead with 36 points.
Victor Hedman, DHot1/30/2014 10:13:00 PM
Description: Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman has recorded eight points in his last four games.
Insight: Hedman had a goal, an assist, two PIM and seven SOG Thursday against Ottawa and is now in the top-10 among defensemen with 11 goals and 34 points.
Ben Bishop, G1/30/2014 9:07:00 PM
Description: Lightning goalie Ben Bishop left Thursday's game against the Senators with an upper-body injury and won't return.
Insight: Teammate Nikita Kucherov appeared to accidentally kick Bishop in the back of the head when Bishop ventured out of the crease and dove in an attempt to knock the puck away from Mika Zibanejad. Bishop remained face down for a minute or so before being helped off the ice.
Steven Stamkos, C1/27/2014 8:56:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Steven Stamkos wasn't available to practice on Monday, though he doesn't consider the absence to be a setback in his recovery from a broken tibia. SOURCE: St. Petersburg Times
Insight: Stamkos is tentatively scheduled to return sometime next week. Assuming he can stay healthy, Stamkos should be a key player for Team Canada in the upcoming Sochi Olympics.
Victor Hedman, DHot1/25/2014 10:15:00 PM
Description: Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman had his second straight three-assist game Saturday against Colorado.
Insight: Hedman sat out last Sunday with a leg injury but has returned with six points in the last two games. He has a career-high 10 goals and 32 points in 45 games this season.
Tyler Johnson, CHot1/25/2014 10:12:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Tyler Johnson notched his first career hat trick Saturday against the Avalanche.
Insight: Johnson has generated 16 points (eight goals) in his last 16 games and eight points during his five-game points streak.
Steven Stamkos, C1/25/2014 9:21:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Steven Stamkos (broken tibia) traded in the red non-contact sweater for a limited-contact yellow sweater during Saturday's practice, according to Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune.
Insight: Stamkos (14 G, 9 A in 17 games) suffered a broken right leg on Nov. 11 at Boston. The 23-year-old has been aiming to be ready to play for Team Canada in the 2014 Winter Olympics and should be back in time to play a few games before the Olympics break.
Martin St. Louis, RWHot1/23/2014 1:27:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay winger Martin St. Louis is questionable for Thursday's game against Ottawa due to illness.
Insight: St. Louis missed Tuesday's practice, but it will likely take a lot more than an illness, to keep a guy riding an eight-game point streak out of the lineup. He's totaled 50 points in 50 games this season.
Victor Hedman, D1/19/2014 5:08:00 PM
Description: Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman took a puck of his right leg Saturday and left the arena on crutches, but he escaped with just a bruise. SOURCE: Erik Erlendsson, Tampa Tribune
Insight: Hedman is sitting out Sunday, but he should be back in the lineup the next time Tampa Bay plays on Thursday. The 23-year-old has 10 goals this season, tied for fourth among defensemen.
Martin St. Louis, RWHot1/18/2014 8:51:00 PM
Description: Olympic snub Martin St. Louis punched in four goals Saturday in a loss to San Jose.
Insight: St. Louis was reponsible for all four Tampa Bay goals. His current seven-game point streak is his longest of the season.
Victor Hedman, D1/18/2014 8:03:00 PM
Description: Bolts defenseman Victor Hedman has already been ruled out for Sunday's game against Carolina. SOURCE: Damian Cristodero, Tampa Bay Times
Insight: Hedman suffered an injury on Saturday and left the arena on crutches. He's fourth among NHL defensemen in goals scored (ten).
Sami Salo, D1/16/2014 5:22:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay defenseman Sami Salo (ankle) will play Thursday, according to Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: Salo took a shot off the inside of his left ankle on Jan. 11 and missed the last two games. The 39-year-old has just one goal and seven points in 37 games this season.
Steven Stamkos, C1/16/2014 4:32:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Steven Stamkos (broken tibia) participated in the morning skate Thursday.
Insight: Stamkos (14 G, 9 A in 17 games) suffered a broken right leg on Nov. 11 at Boston. The 23-year-old said he still hopes to be ready to play on Team Canada for the 2014 Winter Olympics, but wants to play a couple of games before then. His fantasy owners would love to see that.
Victor Hedman, D1/14/2014 10:01:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman skated 23:05 and scored a goal Tuesday against the Rangers.
Insight: Hedman left Saturday's game against Philadelphia with a head injury but he has played the last two games and appears to be fine.
Ben Bishop, G1/14/2014 9:57:00 PM
Description: Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (wrist) made 33 saves in a 2-1 win over the Rangers Tuesday night.
Insight: Bishop (23-5-3, 1.83 GAA, .937 SV%) missed the previous four games with a sprained wrist, but he picked up right where he left off.
Ben Bishop, G1/14/2014 6:37:00 PM
Description: Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (wrist) is starting Tuesday's game against the Rangers, according to Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune.
Insight: He's missed four games with a sprained wrist. Bishop is 22-5-3 with a 1.86 GAA and a .935 SV%.
Sami Salo, D1/13/2014 10:53:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay defenseman Sami Salo left Saturday's game against the Flyers in the first period with a lower-body injury and is doubtful for Monday's game against Columbus.
Insight: Salo took a shot off the inside of his left ankle. The 39-year-old has just one goal and seven points in 37 games this season.
Ben Bishop, G1/13/2014 10:50:00 AM
Description: Lightning goalie Ben Bishop could come off injured reserve Monday night - the first day he's eligible.
Insight: He's missed three games with a sprained wrist. Bishop practiced 20 minutes on Friday. Bishop is 22-5-3, 1.86 GAA with .935 SV%. Anders Lindback has been playing in his spot while he has been on injured reserve.
Keith Aulie, D1/11/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Lightning defenseman Keith Aulie was skating Thursday morning, but does not have the ok from the doctors to do much more than that.
Insight: Aulie has not fantasy value. He's never posted more than seven points in a season and is scoreless in six games this year.
Ryan Malone, LW1/11/2014 8:58:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay left wing Ryan Malone's two goals Saturday against the Flyers were his first points since Nov. 12.
Insight: Malone missed five weeks due to the broken ankle he suffered on Nov. 22. The 34-year-old has just 11 points in 29 games this season.
Teddy Purcell, RWHot1/11/2014 8:56:00 PM
Description: Lightning right wing Teddy Purcell has nine points in seven games since Dec. 29.
Insight: Purcell had a goal and an assist Saturday at Philadelphia. The 28-year-old has 28 points (nine goals) in 45 games.
Alex Killorn, C1/11/2014 8:53:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Alex Killorn had three two-point performances in his last six games.
Insight: However, he also had three zero-point games in that span. After scoring a goal and picking up one assist Saturday at Philadelphia, the 24-year-old has 27 points (11 goals) in 45 games this season.
Valtteri Filppula, CHot1/11/2014 8:51:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center Valtteri Filppula had one goal and one assist Saturday against the Flyers.
Insight: Filppula finished December with a flourish, tallying 10 points in his last seven games of the month, and he's followed it up with six points in his first six games of January. He has 18 goals and 36 points in 45 games.
Sami Salo, D1/11/2014 3:34:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay defenseman Sami Salo left Saturday's game against the Flyers in the first period with a lower-body injury.
Insight: Salo took a shot off the inside of his left ankle. The 39-year-old has just one goal and seven points in 37 games this season.
Victor Hedman, D1/11/2014 3:31:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman left Saturday's game after taking a hit to the head from Philadelphia's Scott Hartnell.
Insight: Hedman threw his stick in frustration after the hit and went to the trainer's room.
Radko Gudas, D1/10/2014 10:42:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay defenseman Radko Gudas is questionable for Saturday's game against Philadelphia (lower body injury).
Insight: Gudas ranks sixth in the NHL in penalty minutes with 88 and has added 68 SOG and 11 points (two goals) in 39 games.
J.T. Brown, RW1/10/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Lightning defenseman J.T. Brown is questionable for Saturday's game against Philadelphia with an upper body injury (shoulder).
Insight: Brown has missed Tampa Bay's last two games, but says its feeling good and could be back in the lineup for the game against the Flyers. He's not a big offensive threat with four goals and four assists in 25 games.
Ben Bishop, G1/9/2014 8:41:00 PM
Description: The Lightning have placed goalie Ben Bishop on injured reserve. SOURCE: NHL.com
Insight: He's out with a sprained wrist. The best case scenario is that Bishop (22-5-3, 1.86 GAA, .935 SV%) will be able to return Tuesday versus the Flyers. Anders Lindback got the start in net Thursday against the Capitals.
Steven Stamkos, C1/6/2014 6:27:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Steven Stamkos (broken tibia) skated by himself for 30 minutes Monday prior to practice, according to tsn.ca. "Probably best I've felt," Stamkos said afterward. "Trying to make sure it feels better each and every time I get on the ice and today was another indication of that, so I am very pleased."
Insight: Stamkos suffered a broken right leg on Nov. 11 at Boston. The 23-year-old said he still hopes to be ready to play on Team Canada for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Ben Bishop, GHot1/6/2014 4:12:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop has an upper body injury that will keep him out of Tuesday's game, according to beat writer Erik Erlendsson.
Insight: Bishop's injury isn't believed to be serious. He's having a monster season - 22-5-3 with a 1.86 GAA, a .935 SV% and four shutouts this season.
Ben Bishop, GHot1/4/2014 9:56:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop shut out the Flames with 19 saves Friday night.
Insight: Bishop not making the USA Olympic men's hockey team is a travesty. The Denver native is 22-5-3 with a 1.83 GAA, a .936 SV% and four shutouts this season. He's posted a 1.32 GAA and a .954 SV% in his last 14 games.
Sami Salo, D1/3/2014 10:54:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay defenseman Sami Salo (upper body) is questionable for Friday's game against Calgary.
Insight: The 39-year-old blueliner has just one goal, seven points and 36 SOG in 34 games this season and won't be missed by fantasy owners.
Steven Stamkos, C1/2/2014 7:38:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Steven Stamkos (broken tibia) skated in full gear (and a no-contact jersey) with his teammates Thursday, according to Erik Erledsson of the Tampa Tribune.
Insight: Stamkos suffered a broken right leg on Nov. 11 at Boston. The 23-year-old said this week that he still hopes to be ready to play on Team Canada for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Sami Salo, D1/1/2014 6:47:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay defenseman Sami Salo (upper body) will not play Wednesday, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: The 39-year-old blueliner has just one goal, seven points and 36 SOG in 34 games this season and won't be missed by fantasy owners. In fact, he shouldn't even be owned in any leagues.
Ryan Malone, LW1/1/2014 6:35:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay left wing Ryan Malone will return from a broken ankle Wednesday.
Insight: Malone will come back with three goals, six assists, 35 PIM and 47 SOG under his belt.
Steven Stamkos, C1/1/2014 6:28:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Steven Stamkos (broken tibia) says being ready to play for Team Canada in the Olympics "is something that is a goal of mine." SOURCE: tampabay.com
Insight: Stamkos suffered a broken right leg on Nov. 11 at Boston. The 23-year-old said he still has some minor pain and swelling, but nothing out of the ordinary. The Sochi Winter Olympics begin Feb. 7, but the hockey tournament doesn't get underway until Feb. 12.
Victor Hedman, DHot12/23/2013 10:24:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman has six points in three games since returning from the lower-body injury that cost him two weeks.
Insight: The 23-year-old defenseman had three helpers and a +4 monday against Florida. He has seven goals, 21 points, 23 PIM and 54 SOG in 31 games.
Valtteri Filppula, CHot12/23/2013 10:22:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center Valtteri Filppula had two more points Monday, giving him eight over his last five games.
Insight: Filppula's career high for points in a season is 66; he's on pace for 62 along with a career-high 29 goals this season.
Martin St. Louis, RWHot12/23/2013 10:19:00 PM
Description: Lightning winger Martin St. Louis had a goal and two assists plus five SOG Monday against Florida.
Insight: St. Louis has notched a point in five straight games and a goal in three straight. He has 21 points in 20 games since Steven Stamkos went down.
Valtteri Filppula, CHot12/21/2013 10:17:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center Valtteri Filppula extended his points streak to four games with two assists Saturday against Carolina.
Insight: Filppula has six points during the streak and 26 points in 36 games this season. He's on pace for his second career 50-point season.
Victor Hedman, D12/21/2013 10:15:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman scored a goal and added one helper Saturday against the Hurricanes.
Insight: Hedman has three points in two games since returning from a lower-body injury that kept him out for two weeks. The 23-year-old defenseman now has seven goals, a career high, and 18 points in 30 games.
Radko Gudas, D12/21/2013 10:11:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay defenseman Radko Gudas scored a goal, took five shots and spent four minutes in the penalty box Saturday against the Hurricanes.
Insight: Gudas ranks in the top 10 in the NHL in penalty minutes with 80 and has added 60 SOG and eight points (two goals) in 31 games.
Alex Killorn, C12/19/2013 10:13:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center Alex Killorn had a goal, an assist and five SOG Thursday against Nashville.
Insight: Killorn has two goals and three points over his last three games but before that had just four points in his previous 18 games.
Anders Lindback, G12/19/2013 6:12:00 PM
Description: Lightning backup Anders Lindback will start Thursday against the Predators, the team that drafted him.
Insight: Lindback is making his ninth start and 11th appearance of the season. He's 2-6-1 with a 3.12 GAA and an .883 SV%, compared to 18-5-2 with a 1.96 GAA and a .934 SV% for starter Ben Bishop.
Victor Hedman, D12/19/2013 4:33:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman will return to the lineup Thursday against Nashville. SOURCE: Damian Cristodero, Tampa Bay Times
Insight: A lower body injury has kept him out since December 5th. He's tied for sixth among NHL defensemen in goals scored this season (six in 28 games).
Victor Hedman, D12/18/2013 8:50:00 PM
Description: Lightning blueliner Victor Hedman (lower body) may play Thursday, according to tbo.com.
Insight: The 22-year-old former No. 2 overall pick has 15 points (six goals), 47 SOG and 23 PIM over 28 games this season after producing 20-26 points in each of his first four campaigns. He participated in a full practice Tuesday morning after missing six straight games.
Valtteri Filppula, C12/18/2013 9:21:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay center Valtteri Filppula scored two goals in regulation and added another during the shootout Tuesday against the Islanders.
Insight: What a night for the 29-year-old. He's done a nice job on the second line with Teddy Purcell and Alex Kilorn, producing 12 goals and 11 helpers in 34 games. Among Lightning forwards, only Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos are averaging more minutes per game than Filppula.
Richard Panik, RW12/11/2013 10:34:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay right wing Richard Panik has been handed a two-game ban for a boarding penalty he committed against Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner on Tuesday night. SOURCE: Associated Press
Insight: Panik has gone six games in a row without scoring. He'll be eligible to return Sunday against the Red Wings.
Anders Lindback, G12/7/2013 2:28:00 PM
Description: Lightning backup Anders Lindback will start in goal Saturday against Winnipeg.
Insight: Lindback has made just six starts this season as a backup to Ben Bishop and is 2-5-0 with a 3.26 GAA.
Radko Gudas, D12/6/2013 5:16:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay defenseman Radko Gudas (upper body) is expected to return Saturday, according to Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune.
Insight: Gudas has six points (one goal), 35 SOG and 68 penalty minutes in 23 games this season.
Victor Hedman, D12/6/2013 5:10:00 PM
Description: Lightning blueliner Victor Hedman (lower body) is expected to miss at least a week, according to Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune.
Insight: The 22-year-old former No. 2 overall pick has 15 points, 47 SOG and 23 PIM over 28 games this season after producing 20-26 points in each of his first four campaigns. He'll be reevaluated in a week.
Martin St. Louis, RW12/5/2013 10:08:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay right wing Martin St. Louis scored two goals Thursday against Ottawa.
Insight: St. Louis hasn't been as consistent since Steven Stamkos went down, but he has still notched five goals and 10 points in 11 games without the star center due to three multi-point games (including two three-point games) in that span.
Ryan Malone, LW12/3/2013 6:44:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay left wing Ryan Malone has officially been diagnosed with a broken ankle. SOURCE: St. Petersburg Times
Insight: His recovery timetable should be about 3-to-4 weeks. The 34-year-old had nine points (three goals, six assists) in 23 games before the injury.
Pierre-Cedric Labrie, LW12/3/2013 12:05:00 PM
Description: Lightning winger Pierre-Cedric Labrie is questionable for Tuesday's game against Columbus due to an upper body injury (arm).
Insight: Labrie has no fantasy value at this time.
Radko Gudas, D12/3/2013 12:04:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay defenseman Radko Gudas is questionable for Tuesday's game against Columbus due to an upper body injury.
Insight: Gudas also has one goal and five assists this season, but can help you in the PIM category with 68. He is more likely this weekend.
Steven Stamkos, C11/29/2013 10:18:00 AM
Description: Lightning center Steven Stamkos (broken tibia) is walking without crutches or a walking boot, according to a TSN.ca report.
Insight: Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman said Stamkos would be out indefinitely, but it's a good sign that he's already able to move around without much help.
Pierre-Cedric Labrie, LW11/29/2013 10:15:00 AM
Description: Lightning winger Pierre-Cedric Labrie is questionable for Friday's game against Pittsburgh due to an upper body injury.
Insight: he's played 12 games this season and has yet to get into the scoring column. Look elsewhere for offensive help.
Radko Gudas, D11/29/2013 10:14:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay defenseman Radko Gudas is questionable for Friday's game against Pittsburgh due to an upper body injury.
Insight: Gudas also has one goal and five assists this season, but can help you in the PIM category with 68. He is more likely to return next week.
Victor Hedman, DHot11/27/2013 11:08:00 PM
Description: Lightning blueliner Victor Hedman's two goals Wednesday against Philadelphia give him a career-high six goals this season.
Insight: The 22-year-old former No. 2 overall pick has broken out with 15 points, 44 SOG and 23 PIM over 25 games this season after producing 20-26 points in each of his first four campaigns.
Ryan Malone, LW11/27/2013 7:44:00 PM
Description: The Lightning placed Ryan Malone (foot) on injured reserve Wednesday.
Insight: Malone is believed to have a chipped bone in his foot, according to tampabay.com. He sustained the injury blocking a shot Friday against the Ducks.
Ben Bishop, G11/27/2013 6:44:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop left Tuesday's morning skate after being hit in the hand with a shot. Coach Jon Cooper said he believed Bishop is OK, and Bishop said the same. SOURCE: tampabay.com
Insight: Anders Lindback will start Wednesday, though he was already scheduled to make the start prior to Bishop's injury.
Ben Bishop, G11/25/2013 10:34:00 PM
Description: Ben Bishop had a huge night Monday against New York.
Insight: The Lightning goalie stopped all 37 shots he faced in Monday's 5-0 win. The blank sheet was Bishop's second of the season. Bishop had lost three straight prior to Monday's outing.
Martin St. Louis, RW11/25/2013 10:29:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay right wing Martin St. Louis produced three points Monday in a win against the Rangers.
Insight: The two goals snapped a four-game scoreless drought for the veteran. He's averaging a point per game this season (24 points in 24 appearances).
Radko Gudas, D11/25/2013 3:40:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay defenseman Radko Gudas is questionable for Monday's game against the NY Rangers
Insight: Gudas also has one goal and five assists this season, but can help you in the PIM category with 68. He's tied for second overall behind Derek Dorsett (87).
Steven Stamkos, C11/23/2013 10:46:00 AM
Description: According to tbo.com, Lightning center Steven Stamkos already has begun rehabilitation less than two weeks after undergoing surgery to insert a titanium rod in his right leg to help repair a broken tibia.
Insight: Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman said Friday that Stamkos would be out indefinitely, but it's a good sign that he's already able to move well.
Steven Stamkos, C11/22/2013 11:15:00 AM
Description: Lightning center Steven Stamkos (broken right tibia) has no timetable for his return.
Insight: "At this point Steven will be out indefinitely," Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman said. Stamkos is one of the league's best offensive weapons (14 G, 9 A in 17 games this season) and fantasy owners can only sit and wait patiently for a concrete schedule.
Anders Lindback, G11/21/2013 6:23:00 PM
Description: Lightning backup goalie Anders Lindback will start Thursday at San Jose.
Insight: Lindback has started just four games all season while Ben Bishop has run away with the starting job. He's 1-4-0 with a 3.16 GAA and an .875 SV% in six appearances.
Mark Barberio, D11/21/2013 3:05:00 PM
Description: Lightning defenseman Mark Barberio is questionable for Thursday's game against San Jose with a lower body injury.
Insight: The 23-year-old had some solid offensive credentials in the AHL, but has yet to prove he can contribute at the NHL level with two assists in eight games.
Mark Barberio, D11/19/2013 1:50:00 PM
Description: Lightning defenseman Mark Barberio is questionable for Tuesday's game against Los Angeles with a lower body injury.
Insight: The 23-year-old had some solid offensive credentials in the AHL, but has yet to prove he can contribute at the NHL level with two assists in eight games.
Martin St. Louis, RW11/14/2013 10:32:00 PM
Description: Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis registered a goal and two assists Thursday night against the Ducks.
Insight: St. Louis hadn't scored a goal in over two weeks. It will be interesting to see how he fares without Steven Stamkos in the lineup over the next couple of months.
Valtteri Filppula, C11/14/2013 10:25:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Valtteri Filppula had a big night Thursday in a win over Anaheim.
Insight: He found the net twice while also contributing his seventh assist of the season. With Steven Stamkos out, Filppula has been promoted to Tampa Bay's top line. Playing alongside Martin St. Louis should increase his fantasy value.
Sami Salo, D11/14/2013 11:49:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay defenseman Sami Salo is questionable for Thursday's game against Anaheim with a lower body injury.
Insight: Salo got off to a hot start, but hasn't scored in 10 games and shouldn't be on many fantasy rosters.
Sami Salo, D11/12/2013 1:49:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay defenseman Sami Salo is not expected to play in Tuesday's game against Montreal with a lower body injury, according to Erik Erlendsson beat writer for the Tampa Tribune.
Insight: Salo got off to a hot start, but hasn't scored in 10 games.
Keith Aulie, D11/12/2013 1:46:00 PM
Description: Linghtning defenseman Keith Aulie is on injured reserve with an upper body injury.
Insight: He's only played three games this season and is scoreless, without penalty minutes and a -3 rating. Next.
Alex Killorn, CHot11/12/2013 1:43:00 PM
Description: With Steven Stamkos sidelined by a broken right tibia, Alex Killorn figures to join Ryan Malone and Martin St. Louis on the Lightning's top line.
Insight: Killorn is the best choice at this time with four goals and eight assists in 17 games this season, third-best on the team. If he's available he should be claimed in your league.
Steven Stamkos, C11/11/2013 6:18:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Steven Stamkos will undergo surgery on his broken right tibia Tuesday morning, according to lightning.nhl.com. He suffered the injury during Monday's game against Boston.
Insight: "At this point Steven will be out indefinitely," Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman said. "The medical staff in Boston, in consultation with our team physicians, has made the decision to surgically repair the injury. The procedure is expected to take place tomorrow morning. The biggest concern for me, and the rest of the Lightning, is that decisions are made in Steven's best long-term interest, and we feel this is the appropriate course of action."
Steven Stamkos, C11/11/2013 4:43:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Steven Stamkos suffered a broken right tibia Monday against Boston, according to Damian Cristodero of tampabay.com. He's out indefinitely.
Insight: Stamkos went down after making contact with Dougie Hamilton and hit his leg on the goal post. He had to leave on a stretcher. The Lightning did not mention whether surgery is necessary.
Ben Bishop, GHot11/11/2013 10:47:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay netminder Ben Bishop is 11-2-0 after another win Saturday over Detroit.
Insight: Bishop has already matched last year's win total with an improved GAA (2.12) and SV% (.927). He's playing batter and so are the guys in front of him. He's tied for most wins with Corey Crawford and this doesn't appear to be just a short-term hot streak, it seems to be a new level of performance.
Valtteri Filppula, C11/7/2013 10:18:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center Valtteri Filppula has scored in each of the last two games.
Insight: Filppula has six goals and 12 points in his first 15 games with Tampa Bay after spending the previous eight seasons of his career with Detroit.
Ben Bishop, GHot11/7/2013 10:15:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay netminder Ben Bishop is now 10-2-0 after beating the Oilers Thursday.
Insight: Bishop made 38 saves on 40 SOG Thursday to improve his SV% to .928 and his GAA to 2.14. He's allowed two goals or less in each of his last five games.
Radko Gudas, D11/3/2013 11:10:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay defenseman Radko Gudas is second in the NHL with 55 penalty minutes.
Insight: Gudas also has one goal and four assists this season, so he has solid fantasy value.
Ben Bishop, G11/1/2013 10:27:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop improved to 8-2 after Friday night's shutout win over Carolina.
Insight: He finished the evening with 31 saves. Bishop had lost his previous outing Tuesday against the Devils.
Tom Pyatt, C10/27/2013 11:10:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay Lightning winger Tom Pyatt is on injured reserve and is out until around Thanksgiving with a broken collarbone.
Insight: Pyatt isn't much of an offensive weapon, having never scored more than 19 points in a season, and is primarily known as a checker.
Victor Hedman, D10/26/2013 12:02:00 PM
Description: After posting a -5 differential in Tampa Bay's 5-0 loss to Boston on Oct. 19, Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman scored two points (1 G, 1 A) with three SOG, two PIM and a +2 Friday against Chicago.
Insight: What a turnaround. Hedman, the 2009 No. 2 overall pick, has had four straight 20-point seasons to start his career, but last season's total came in just 44 games and would have amounted to 37 points in an 82-game schedule. The 22-year-old has one goal and five points in the first nine games.
Martin St. Louis, RW10/17/2013 7:50:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay right wing Martin St. Louis is back in the lineup just two days after injuring his foot against the Kings. SOURCE: Michael Russo, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Insight: The feeling around Tampa was that St. Louis wasn't going to suit up on Thursday but here he is. Given his scoring prowess, St. Louis is a fantasy must-start whenever he's healthy.
Martin St. Louis, RW10/16/2013 6:31:00 PM
Description: Lightning coach Jon Cooper said Martin St. Louis' lower-body injury is "nothing that's alarmingly serious." SOURCE: Damian Cristodero, Tampa Bay Times
Insight: St. Louis left Tampa Bay's practice facility wearing a walking boot Wednesday and is questionable for Thursday's game against the Wild.
Martin St. Louis, RW10/16/2013 4:20:00 PM
Description: Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis sat out Wednesday's practice because of a lower body injury. SOURCE: St. Petersburg Times
Insight: St. Louis left Tampa Bay's practice facility wearing a walking boot. Consider the high-scoring forward questionable for Thursday's game against Minnesota.
Teddy Purcell, RW10/15/2013 10:20:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay right wing Teddy Purcell has four goals and eight points in the first six games this season.
Insight: Purcell averaged 0.72 ppg over the last three seasons so he's probably playing a little over his head, but a spot on the top power-play line with Steven Stamkos, Martin St. Louis, Ryan Malone and Sami Salo is a nice position to have.
Martin St. Louis, RWHot10/15/2013 10:14:00 PM
Description: Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis scored two goals with one assist Tuesday against the Kings.
Insight: St. Louis already has four goals to go with six assists in his first six games. He only had 17 goals over 48 games last season and still led the NHL in scoring.
Ben Bishop, G10/15/2013 2:14:00 PM
Description: Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop (lower body) is expected to start Tuesday versus Los Angeles.
Insight: Bishop was the first goalie off the ice in the morning practice. He has the early lead over Anders Lindback in Tampa Bay's goalie race based on his 3-0 record with a 1.93 GAA and .926 SV%.
Ben Bishop, G10/12/2013 1:26:00 PM
Description: Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop (lower body) hopes to be ready for Tuesday's game against the Kings, according to Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune.
Insight: Bishop has the early lead over Anders Lindback in Tampa Bay's goalie race but his injury gives Lindback a chance to make up some ground. Lindback will play Saturday against Pittsburgh.
Ben Bishop, G10/11/2013 5:29:00 PM
Description: Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, according to Missy Zielinski of lightning.nhl.com.
Insight: Bishop has the early lead over Anders Lindback in Tampa Bay's goalie race but his injury gives Lindback a chance to make up some ground. Lindback will likely play Saturday in a tough assignment versus the Penguins.
Valtteri Filppula, C10/10/2013 10:40:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center Valtteri Filppula scored a pair of goals Thursday against the Panthers.
Insight: That gives the former Red Wing three goals and four points in four games with the Lightning. It's likely just a hot start and nothing more. Unless he finds himself on a line with Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis or joins the top power-play line, he has marginal fantasy value.
Martin St. Louis, RWHot10/10/2013 10:37:00 PM
Description: Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis became the oldest player in NHL history to win the scoring title last season and he has picked up where he left off with five points in his first four games.
Insight: St. Louis, who gets most of his points via assists, already has two goals this season.
Steven Stamkos, C10/10/2013 10:36:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Steven Stamkos didn't have a goal in his first three games but he made up for it with a hat trick Thursday against the Panthers.
Insight: Stamkos also had an assist in the game, giving him three on the season. He'll easily be among the NHL's top goal-scorers once again.
Ben Bishop, G10/10/2013 5:01:00 PM
Description: Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop will draw the start Thursday against the Panthers.
Insight: Bishop has the early lead over Anders Lindback in Tampa Bay's goalie race. Bishop has saved 58 of 62 shots (.935 SV%) and picked up two straight wins after Lindback gave up three goals in a season-opening loss.
Ben Bishop, G10/8/2013 10:21:00 PM
Description: Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop saved 21 of 23 shots in an overtime win at Buffalo Tuesday.
Insight: Bishop has the early lead over Anders Lindback in Tampa Bay's goalie competition. Bishop has saved 58 of 62 shots (.935 SV%) and picked up two wins after Lindback gave up three goals in a season-opening loss.
Ben Bishop, G10/8/2013 5:46:00 PM
Description: Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop will start Tuesday at Buffalo.
Insight: Bishop has the early lead over Anders Lindback after picking up a 3-2 shootout win over the Blackhawks in his first start. Lindback gave up three goals on 22 shots in his lone start.
Ben Bishop, G10/6/2013 10:11:00 AM
Description: Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop saved 37 of 39 shots in Tampa Bay's 3-2 shootout win over the Chicago Blackhawks Saturday night.
Insight: It was an impressive season debut for Bishop, who is competing with Anders Lindback for starts. Lindback gave up three goals on 25 shots in the season opener, so Bishop has the early lead.
Anders Lindback, G10/3/2013 5:59:00 PM
Description: Lightning goalie Anders Lindback will get the starting nod in Tampa Bay's season opener at Boston.
Insight: Lindback went 10-10-1 with a 2.90 GAA and a .902 SV% last season and will split time with Ben Bishop, who was acquired at the trade deadline for Cory Conacher.

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