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Not The Best Year For The Tampa Bay Lightning

from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

Tampa Bay was a preseason Stanley Cup favorite, but it's a shell of that now, one reason general manager Steve Yzerman needs to make a move. It has the lowest points-per-game percentage in the Eastern Conference and would need 49 points in its final 34 games to reach 96, typically a bench mark for a playoff team. That's hard to imagine from a Tampa Bay team (21-22-5) that has won back-to-back games just once in the past two months and has three points in the first four games of this make-or-break trip.

Regardless of injuries, the Lightning — 11-16-4 without Stamkos since his Nov. 10 knee injury — isn't getting enough from its top players, its leaders. Coach Jon Cooper said earlier this season that some players were hesitant to speak up. And though some have stepped up, such as Boyle, it's not always about talking the talk, it's about walking the walk. Show the way. Tampa Bay's best line Saturday was Cedric Paquette, Gabriel Dumont and Michael Bournival. And that's telling.

Goalie Ben Bishop, a two-time Vezina Trophy finalist, needs to play like one. He can't give up goals like the first two Saturday, even if he was screened on the second one. Tyler Johnson has too often been a non­factor in games. Nikita Kucherov, arguably the most talented player on the team, can be too pass-happy. Even Hedman, a first-time All-Star this season, hasn't had his best year.

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Video- Martin St. Louis’ Sweater Goes To The Rafters

via Sportsnet YouTube page,

Watch as Martin St. Louis has touching moment talking about his mother during his number retirement.

 

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Video- Evening Line By John Tortorella

"Marty was a pain in the ass to coach"

 

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#26 Goes To The Rafters In Tampa Tonight

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

In many ways the Tampa Bay Lightning and Martin St. Louis needed each other when they started what now should be called their forever relationship before the 2000-01 season.

Each wanted to build something. The Lightning wanted a winning tradition, and St. Louis, a 5-foot-9 forward, wanted a successful NHL career. Each was an underdog, the Lightning as a Sun Belt expansion franchise with one Stanley Cup Playoff berth in its first eight seasons, and St. Louis an undersized, undrafted forward pegged as a fourth-liner. That is, if he was going to have an NHL career at all.

More than 16 years later, St. Louis is coming home because the team that gave him a chance, the one he helped build and put on the NHL map, is ready to give him an honor only one person can receive.

At Amalie Arena on Friday, St. Louis' No. 26 will be the first retired by the Lightning....

"It's an honor," St. Louis said. "Just getting your jersey retired is quite the honor, and obviously to be the first one I think makes it even more special." 

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Below, watch the top 10 Martin St. Louis goals...

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All Quiet On The Trade Front According To Steve Yzerman

from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

Yzerman has to do something. This underachieving team looks lost, often uninspired. It could use a shakeup. It badly needs another top-four defenseman. If the panic button hasn't already been hit at Channelside Drive, it should be soon.

But making changes is easier said than done.

"If there was something I could have done to this point that would make our team better, I would have done it," Yzerman said. "We'll keep trying."

Yzerman said this trade market is as challenging as he can remember. There's the salary cap, which has remained relatively flat the past few years, and likely will again next season. There's the looming expansion draft in June. And with so many teams within striking distance of a playoff spot, Yzerman said many GMs are uncertain what direction they want to go.

"It's been very, very quiet," Yzerman said.

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Video- Wayne Simmonds Sneaky Hit On J.T. Brown?

 

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Video- Shea Weber Big Hit On Vladislav Namestnikov

Jon Cooper says Vladislav Namestnikov will be re-evaluated and the team should know more today.

 

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Ben Bishop Out Up To One Month

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Morning Line- Steve Yzerman

"Right now, we need to get a bit more offensive production out of our top-nine forwards,, we need more out of them. But mostly, it's our play defensively as a team that has to improve. That's what is hurting us the most.''

"We're not going to win many 6-5 games, we're falling in some categories -- our penalty killing is dropping, our goals against, our shots against. We're in the bottom half of the league now in those three categories, and those categories have to be good in order to win.''

-Steve Yzerman, GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning.  Pierre LeBrun of ESPN has more.

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Afternoon Line- Steve Yzerman On The 2018 Winter Olympics

"I think it's fantastic for our sport.  think it's great for our league that we go, and we're there. I think for all the players it's an honor to be part of the Olympics. I'm hopeful they can work it out. It's great for our league and great for the game."

-Steve Yzerman, GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning on the NHL players participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics.  Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times has more on this topic.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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