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Jon Cooper Believed Nikita Kucherov Could Not Help His Team To Win

from Diana C. Nearhos of the Tampa Bay Times,

Nikita Kucherov started Tuesday’s game high and ended it low. He was back in the lineup only three days after getting hurt blocking a shot. But by the end, he was sitting on the bench.

He helped the Lightning give up the lead in the second period with lazy play on defense and a turnover. He also scored first. It was the best of Kucherov and the worst of Kucherov....

Kucherov only played two shifts in the third period and not at all in overtime. Coach Jon Cooper said it was a hard decision, given how big a part of the team Kucherov is.

“As a coach, you make decisions on what was best for us to win tonight,” Cooper said. “He’s a huge part of our team. It could be anyone. As a group, we wanted to put ourselves in the position to win this game.”


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The Tampa Bay Lightning Need A Better Andrei Vasilevskiy

from John Romano of the Tampa Bay Times,

...The basic numbers say Vasilevskiy is not playing as well as last season. His goals-against average is up (2.40 to 2.78), and his save percentage is down (.925 to .910).

The more advanced stats are even worse. Goals Saved Above Average is a stat designed by hockey-reference.com to determine how a goaltender is faring relative to the league average. Last season, Vasilevskiy was second in the NHL. He is currently 30th.

This doesn’t necessarily mean his play has fallen off a cliff. The Lightning have been experimenting with different defensive strategies this season, and it’s still a bit of work in progress. In other words, it isn’t all Vasilevskiy’s fault.

“You can sit here and say, oh maybe there are some saves that Vasy might have wanted back in certain games," said Lightning coach Jon Cooper. “But a lot of those games you can’t say we entirely helped him out. I think when your team defense improves, your goaltending is going to improve as well."


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Video- Ryan Johansen With A Reverse Elbow On Brayden Point

Five for elbowing and a game misconduct after a review.


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Video-  Erik Cernak Suspended 2 Games



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Video- Rasmus Dahlin Will Not Return Tonight

No penalty on the play.



added 9:30pm, Marty Biron with the commentary below.

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Video- Nikita Kucherov Hit On Vladimir Sobotka Today

No call on the play.



added 3:36pm, YouTube version is below.

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Louis Domingue Traded From Tampa To New Jersey

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired a conditional 2021 seventh-round draft pick from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for goaltender Louis Domingue, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

The Lightning will receive New Jersey's own 7th round pick in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft if any one of the following conditions is met:

  1. Domingue plays in seven NHL regular season games for the New Jersey Devils during the 2019-2020 NHL regular season; or
  2. Domingue plays in one NHL playoff game for the New Jersey Devils during the 2020 NHL playoffs; or
  3. Domingue is traded by the New Jersey Devils prior to the start of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.

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Video- It Doesn’t Get Much Closer Than This Penguins/Lightning

2/10ths of a second left on the clock


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Video- The Tampa Bay Lightning Honor 46 Medal Of Honor Recipients

Very moving ceremony.


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Last Year Still On The Minds Of The Tampa Bay Lightning

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Jon Cooper calls it the elephant in the room.

The shock of last year’s 62-win regular season and subsequent four-game sweep by Columbus in the first round of the playoffs.

That’s why the Tampa Bay Lightning coach hasn’t shied away from discussing the heart-breaking 2018-19 campaign — both behind the scenes with his players and during media scrums. He recently told reporters: "I’d be lying if I didn’t think there was a burden carried over."

Tampa is off to a ho-hum start: 4-3-1 following Saturday’s 6-2 loss to smoking-hot Colorado. These are still very early days, but the Lightning have been outshot, out-chanced and out-attempted at even strength. They are not nearly as dominant on specialty teams, either, scuffling along at a 70 per cent penalty kill rate after losing trusted soldiers Anton Stralman and Dan Girardi in the off-season.

The results don’t scream powerhouse just yet.

more plus othet topic which were mentioned on Saturday Headlines, including the Leafs may have cap issues soon...

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