Tampa Bay Lightning


Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov has been named a finalist for the Hart Trophy for the 2018-2019 season. The award is given annually to the most-valuable-player in the NHL. Kucherov is joined by Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers and Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins as finalists. (Source: Yahoo!)

Fantasy Impact: It would be surprising if Kucherov did not ultimately win the award too, as he paced the entire league with 128 points on a team that tied the NHL regular-season record for wins with 62. He should be one of the first two players off-the-board in fantasy drafts next season.

Steven Stamkos scored a goal as well as provided an assist on Brayden Point's game-tying goal late in the second period against Columbus.

Fantasy Impact: Stamkos's brave efforts were not enough to the dismay of many Lightning fans as the Columbus Blue Jackets completed the first round sweep Tuesday evening. Stamkos will end his post-season prematurely with only a goal and an assist.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy lost his third straight game as he surrendered two goals out of 29 shots faced by the Blue Jackets' offense Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Vasilevskiy has not looked like himself this post-season, and he only has one last shot at turning this around. So far he possesses an 0.866 SV% and a 3.73 GAA during the 2019 playoffs.

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Erik Cernak dished out the primary assist on Ondrej Palat's goal to put an end to Sergei Bobrovsky's shutout Sunday. Unfortunately for Tampa Bay, they would lose 3-1 and fall behind 3-0 in the series.

Fantasy Impact: Cernak has three assists in his first three career playoff games played.

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Tyler Johnson provided an assist on Ondrej Palat's goal as the Lightning fell to the Blue Jackets 3-1 in Game Three.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson only has one assist and a minus-one rating in three playoff games played thus far.

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Ondrej Palat lit the lamp Sunday, but it was not enough for the Lightning to avoid losing a third consecutive game this series against the Blue Jackets.

Fantasy Impact: Like so many other members of the Lightning squad, Palat is struggling at the most inopportune time. Tampa Bay is one loss away from being eliminated and they will need to get it together this Tuesday to mount a 3-0 series comeback.

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Mikhail Sergachev recorded a goal to put an end to Sergei Bobrovsky's shutout five minutes into the third period. Unfortunately, Tampa Bay would fall to Columbus 5-1 at the conclusion of Game Two.

Fantasy Impact: Sergachev has managed to find the stat sheet in both Games One and Two for the Lightning. Tampa Bay is in a precarious situation right now and will need to win some games on the road in order to overcome this obstacle. Sergachev will look to be a contributor as Tampa Bay attempts to mount a comeback in this best of seven series.

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Victor Hedman scored his 10th goal of the season against Arizona on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Victor Hedman now has 10 goals and 47 points. Hedman is ranked 12th in points recorded by a defensemen this season.

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Brayden Point scored on his only shot on goal in the game against the Kings. However, Point finished minus one on the day.

Fantasy Impact: Point has 79 points this season. He has 36 goals and 43 assists. He will look to pass the 80 point mark on Wednesday against the Rangers.

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J.T. Miller scores goal

Fri, Feb 8th 4:37am EST
By Kamran Hoda

J.T. Miller scored a goal in a loss against Pittsburgh.

Fantasy Impact: Miller has recorded eight goals, and 20 assists with the Lightning this season. He will take on the Pens again next.

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Ryan Callahan will return to the lineup against the Edmonton Oilers Saturday. Callahan missed two games after his back seized up in warmups prior to Tampa Bay’s game in Vancouver. (Source: Diana Nearhos of Tampa Bay Times)

Fantasy Impact: Ryan Callahan will look to get involved in the Lightning’s high scoring offense against Edmonton. Callahan has just one point in his last three games.

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On Thursday, the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 at home. Anthony Cirelli and Nikita Kucherov both recorded a goal and an assist in the win. With their eighth win in a row, the Lightning have taken a commanding seven point lead in the Eastern Conference. Tampa Bay have scored 17 goals in their last three games. The Lightning play in Winnipeg on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: The third line is firing on all cylinders for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Anthony Cirelli is a fantasy sleeper with a hot hand. He now has five goals and an assist in the last four games. Cirelli will look to keep the momentum going against the Jets on Sunday night.

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Yanni Gourde scored his second goal of the year on Tuesday against the Hurricanes.

Fantasy Impact: Gourde has some fantasy appeal, skating alongside Stamkos. Owners should keep an eye on him.

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Louis Domingue drew the start in net on Tuesday, saving 38 of the 40 shots that he faced, securing the win.

Fantasy Impact: Louis Domingue will get spot starts here and there, but is should not be fantasy relevant as long as Andrei Vasilevskly is healthy.

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Daniel Girardi assisted on two of the four Tampa Bay goals on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: These were the first points of the season for Girardi. Outside of deep leagues, he does not offer much value, barring an injury.

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Boris Katchouk scored his first goal of the preseason on Tuesday against the Hurricanes. Katchouk played over 14 minutes and saw action the power play and penalty kill units.

Fantasy Impact: Katchouk is just 20 years old and coming off of a break out OHL season. Katchouk will most likely be in the AHL most if not all of the 2018 season, but is a name to watch for 2019.

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Peter Budaj will start in net for Tampa Bay in their road game against the Devils on Tuesday. (Source: Mike Morreale of NHL.com on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Budaj will be making his season debut after Andrei Vasilevskiy patrolled the crease in the Bolts' first six games to launch the 2017-18 campaign. The 35-year-old Czech filled in admirably last year in Los Angeles when Jonathan Quick missed a chunk of time with a groin injury, posting 27-20-3 record, 2.12 GAA and.917 SV%.

Drouin scored two goals in the Lightning's 5-4 overtime win over the Chicago Blackhawks yesterday. He also added two shots on goal and finished with an even rating in over 18 minutes of ice time.

Fantasy Impact: With Drouin's two goals yesterday, he now has six points over his last five games. He continues to have a career year for the Lightning with 20 goals and 30 assists in 66 games played this season.

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Valtteri Filppula has been traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for draft picks.

Fantasy Impact: Filppula rejected a trade to the Maple Leafs yesterday, but approved on this move. He has seven goals and 27 assists this season.

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Namestnikov scored the Lightning's first goal in their 3-2 loss to the Calgary Flames on Thursday night. He also added three shots on net and finished with an even rating in over 18 minutes of ice time.

Fantasy Impact: With his goal last night, Namestnikov now has a goal in each of his past three games. He is sitting at nine goals and 14 assists in 56 games played this season and should really only be started in deeper league formats.

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