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Victor Hedman A Game Time Decision Tonight

from Roger Mooney at the Tampa Bay Times,

Victor Hedman returned to the ice with his team during today’s morning skate. He did not wear the red “no contact” jersey and he was reunited with Jake Dotchin on the top defensive pairing.

All were indications that Hedman, who suffered a lower body injury three weeks ago, is ready to return to the lineup.

Coach Jon Cooper said Hedman will be a game-time decision tonight when the Lightning resume the schedule against the Jets at the Bell MTS Place.“It’s been encouraging, so we’ll see what happens,” Cooper said.


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When Does The Rumor Of Erik Karlsson To Tampa Start?

from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

Karlsson got his wish, teaming up with Kucherov and Stamkos for most of the two 3-on3- games the Atlantic Division team played.

“I was really happy about that one,” Karlsson said, smiling. “That’s two pure goal scorers with great hockey sense. So for me, who doesn’t shoot the puck as well anymore, nice to have those guys on each side.”

Watching the trio make magic Sunday had Lightning fans dreaming of a more permanent reunion. Karlsson will be an unrestricted free agent after next season, but his comments about wanting to make what he’s “worth” is driving speculation he could be available at the Feb. 26 trade deadline. Stamkos joked he dropped hints about the Lightning to every player in the Eastern Conference dressing room. Karlsson did hang out with Stamkos at fellow Swede Victor Hedman’s house Friday night. Hedman is a good friend of Karlsson.

“I think everyone kind of knows what’s going on around the league, and most of the guys in here know each other,” Karlsson said. “Obviously there’s a few comments tossed around everywhere, but at the end of the day, it’s all in fun.”

The Lightning will likely try to address its blueline at the trade deadline, and Karlsson very well could be a pipe dream for most teams. But Karlsson won’t be the only All-Star who could be available, with Stamkos noting that Red Wings right-shot defenseman Mike Green, a pending unrestricted free agent, likely being a “hot commodity.”


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Steve Yzerman’s Success In Tampa

from Andrew Knoll at the New York Times,

Yzerman, who has won four Stanley Cups and three Olympic gold medals as a player and executive, has been credited with much of the Lightning’s sustained success the past eight seasons.

“Whatever you do in life, part of being successful is passion,” said Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland, who began training Yzerman during his playing career and presided over Yzerman’s three championships as a player before working with him when Detroit won another title in 2008. “It can’t be work. If it’s just a job, your energy level is going to be drained over time. That passion and desire to gather knowledge are what Steve had as a player and he’s also taken into the front office.”

Yzerman arrived in Tampa in 2010 after serving in the Red Wings’ front office for four years and guiding Canada to Olympic gold in 2010 as the team’s executive director — a feat the country would repeat under him in 2014.

He found success quickly in Tampa.


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Another Loss By The Chicago Blackhawks

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

...the Hawks find themselves at the bottom of the Central Division, unable to make up any ground on division foes who just keep winning. Their 2-0 loss Monday to the East-leading Lightning, their third consecutive defeat, left them seven points behind the Avalanche and Wild, both of whom won to extend their hot streaks. The Hawks played well, but an 0-for-6 effort on the power play and a disastrous short-handed goal against doomed them.

‘‘That hole’s getting deeper,’’ coach Joel Quenneville said.

The Hawks have scored six goals in their last five games, so they certainly deserve their spot in the standings. Still, Saad’s not entirely wrong. The Hawks are on an 87-point pace, nowhere near good enough but hardly putrid. Those 2015-16 Blue Jackets finished with 76 points. The Avalanche finished with 48 last season.

Throw in the occasional standout game against the Jets and the occasional trampling of teams from the Penguins to the Blue Jackets to the Senators, and the Hawks think they’re better than the standings suggest. Which only makes their predicament more frustrating.


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Ondrej Palat Out 6-8 Weeks

from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

The Lightning will be without Ondrej Palat six to eight weeks. And  Tampa Bay is still ticked by how Palat got hurt.

The Wild's Jared Spurgeon slashed/speared the back of the Lightning wing's right ankle on a power play Saturday.

"It's a huge loss for us on a complete non-hockey play that didn't have to take place," coach Jon Cooper said. "It's tough to swallow, I'll tell you that."

The NHL Department of Player Safety reviewed the play but determined the slash wasn't very forceful.


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Frustrated In Tampa

from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

It didn't take the sound of a door slamming in the dressing room Saturday night to sense this Lightning team is frustrated.

Tampa Bay felt like it worked hard – at least, harder than Thursday's listless loss to Vegas – yet dropped another game. That makes five losses in the last seven. More telling, the team has lost its swag.

"We're out of sync," coach Jon Cooper put it. "The guys didn't forget how to play hockey in the last week and a half."

But they forgot how to play the right way.

Gone is that "mojo" Nikita Kucherov often talked about the Lightning having in the first half of the season, when it appeared to be running away with the Eastern Conference. Now Tampa Bay's division lead has shrunk to three points thanks to a surging Boston team that just might be the class of the conference right now.

It's not time to hit the panic button, but it's getting closer.

Here are some takeaways from Saturday's 5-2 loss in Minnesota:


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Tampa Bay Lightning Blame Themselves In Loss To The Vegas Golden Knights

from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

The door to the Lightning dressing room remained closed a little longer than usual Thursday night, and that wasn’t surprising.

After the kind of performance displayed in its 4-1 loss to the expansion Golden Knights, this had team meeting written all over it. No specifics were given about what was discussed.

"None of your business," Anton Stralman said.

But what players did say after the doors were open was telling about what’s behind this recent funk, the Lightning having lost four of its past six.

"It all starts with how we work," Stralman said. "And we’re not a good team when we don’t work. And (Thursday) was one of those nights we didn’t show.

"(Vegas) is as good team, but I don’t think they did anything remarkable out there. They played simple, and we just didn’t put up a fight. And that’s on us."


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Victor Hedman Out 3-6 Weeks


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The Calgary Flames Remain Hot In Road Win Over The Tampa Bay Lightning

from Kriste Odland at the Calgary Sun,

Call it a warm-up for the National Hockey League All-Star game.

Or, at the very least, the snapping of nearly a month-long goal-less drought.

Johnny Gaudreau did both on Thursday night as the Calgary Flames extended their win streak to five games with a 5-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena....

Mike Smith stopped 33 of 34 shots, Calgary’s powerplay notched a goal for the first time in 13 tries, the penalty kill went a perfect three-for-three and the Flames were able to hang onto a second period lead.

“Our meeting this morning wasn’t all love-y for winning four in a row,” said Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan, whose club improved to third in the Pacific Division with a 23-16-4 record. “We weren’t happy with our third period in Minnesota. We talked about how when you’re up on a team, you need to keep the intensity and put them out.

“We can’t afford to give up points, especially in our division. We addressed that today that we have to keep our level high. I thought our guys did a good job with that.”

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Video- Concern Over Victor Hedman’s Injury



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