Lightning Strikes (Cristodero)
Updated: 37 sec ago
Lightning center Tyler Johnson felt pretty good after skating with the team for the second straight day.
With the playoffs set to begin Wednesday, the Lightning will be missing a key piece, captain and leading scorer Steven Stamkos.
Lightning center Tyler Johnson returned to practice Tuesday, a good sign he might be ready for Game 1 Wednesday against the Red Wings.
The Lightning may have most of its regulars back for Game 1 of the playoffs Wednesday against Detroit.
Lightning center Tyler Johnson (upper body) could be ready for Game 1 of the first-round against the Red Wings Wednesday at Amalie Arena, general manager Steve Yzerman said.
The Lightning knew it made the playoffs, and would host a first-round series.
Add wing Nikita Kucherov to the list of the Lightning's walking wounded.
Former Lightning star Martin St. Louis is back at Amalie Arena this week, as a guest of the Frozen Four, which returns to Tampa for the second time in four years.
It was good news for the Lightning to see top defenseman Victor Hedman back on the ice for Thursday's morning skate. "Very encouraging," coach Jon Cooper said. It was good news for the Lightning to see top defenseman Victor Hedman back on the ice for Thursday's morning skate.
As improbable as it sounds, it was almost like Jonathan Drouin never left.
The injury hits keep on coming for the already shorthanded Lightning.
Lightning captain Steven Stamkos underwent a successful two-hour surgery at Tampa General Hospital today to remove a blood clot from his right collarbone area.
When Lightning players found out Friday that captain Steven Stamkos would be out 1-3 months with a blood clot in his right arm, they thought - more so, hoped - it was an April Fool's Day joke.
Turns out, Jonathan Drouin won't be getting called up. At least, for now.
Lightning captain Steven Stamkos will miss 1-3 months with a blood clot in his right arm, potentially ending his season - and maybe his tenure - in Tampa Bay.
In a surprising development, C Steven Stamkos missed his first game in two years Saturday, sidelined with an upper-body injury.
Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman knew it was bad right away when his left leg crumpled awkwardly underneath him in a battle in front of the net Mar. 25.
The Lightning is entering the stretch run, and is closing in on clinching a playoff spot, not to mention fighting for the division lead.
The Lightning is getting back to full strength - at least up front - with wings Nikita Kucherov and Ryan Callahan expected to return to the lineup tonight.
It's bad enough for the Lightning that top-pairing defenseman Anton Stralman is out indefinitely after fracturing his leg Friday night.