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Penguins in town, Vasilevskiy in goal

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - December 10, 2016 - 10:37

The Lightning face defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh tonight at Amalie Arena, the team that bounced it from the Eastern Conference finals last season in seven games.

The Penguins (19-9-1) have won four straight and are fighting the Rangers for the top spot in the Metropolitan Division.

The Lightning (14-12-2) has lost six of its last seven with the lone victory being a shotout win against the Capitals last Saturday.

Coach Jon Cooper said after this morning’s optional skate that his team needs to generate more offense (just three goals in its last three games). That, Cooper said, begins with playing better defense and creating turnovers.

Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy will make his first start since Dec. 1 when he allowed four goals in less than 21 minutes at St. Louis. He’s allowed nine goals in his last two starts, but looked good Thursday when he stopped nine of 10 shots in relief of Ben Bishop during a 5-1 loss to Vancouver.

 

Vasilevskiy played well against the Penguins last May in the conference finals when subbing for the injured Ben Bishop.

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Seems like a setback for Ryan Callahan

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - December 9, 2016 - 14:40
Coach Jon Cooper won't officially say it, but it certainly seems like veteran wing Ryan Callahan has suffered a setback in his lower-body injury.
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Lightning Strikes! podcast: Talking with Brian Engblom

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - December 8, 2016 - 12:06
Joe Smith speaks with Brian Engblom, former Stanley Cup winning defenseman and Lightning color analyst for Fox Sports Sun, on our latest Lightning Strikes! podcast.
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Ben Bishop making third straight start

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - December 8, 2016 - 10:46
Lightning goalie Ben Bishop will start a third straight game for the first time this season.
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Lightning get healthy over two-day break

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - December 7, 2016 - 12:12
Two days off did the Lightning a lot of good. That was easy to see in Wednesday's nearly-90 minute practice at Amalie Arena. Two days off did the Lightning a lot of good.
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Rob Lemelin (G) from No team to Norfolk Admirals

Norfolk Admirals Transactions - December 7, 2016 - 00:00
Status: Confirmed
Date: 12/07/2016
Player: Rob Lemelin (G)
From: No team
To: Norfolk Admirals
Information: Emergency Backup Goalie
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Lightning reassign Witkowski and Bournival to Syracuse

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - December 6, 2016 - 12:06
It appears the Lightning is getting healthier.
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Tim Boyle (D) from Norfolk Admirals to Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs

Norfolk Admirals Transactions - December 5, 2016 - 00:00
Status: Recalled/Reassigned
Date: 12/05/2016
Player: Tim Boyle (D)
From: Norfolk Admirals
To: Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs
Information: Released
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Killorn: 'Unanimous' rejection of NHL proposal on Olympics

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - December 3, 2016 - 13:15
There's no doubt NHL players want to participate in the 2018 Olympics in South Korea. "Everyone wants to go to the Olympics," said Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman, who'd likely be on Sweden's roster. There's no doubt NHL players want to participate in the 2018 Olympics in South Korea.
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Jason Garrison injury not long-term

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - December 3, 2016 - 12:40
Just when the Lightning got defenseman Anton Stralman back, it lost another top-four defenseman.
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T.J. Foster (F) from Orlando Solar Bears to Norfolk Admirals

Norfolk Admirals Transactions - December 3, 2016 - 00:00
Status: Recalled/Reassigned
Date: 12/03/2016
Player: T.J. Foster (F)
From: Orlando Solar Bears
To: Norfolk Admirals
Information: Reassigned
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Yzerman concerned, but no shakeup coming for Lightning

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - December 2, 2016 - 18:29
If you’re a concerned Lightning fan, you’ve got company.
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Vasilevskiy starts tonight, Namestnikov scratched

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - December 1, 2016 - 12:39
In what at the very least is an interesting move, backup Andrei Vasilevskiy will start in net for the Lightning tonight against the Blues.
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Lightning recalls Vermin, Bournival from Syracuse

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - November 30, 2016 - 11:20
The Lightning recalled forwards Joel Vermin and Michael Bournival from AHL Syracuse Wednesday.
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Latest Lightning podcast with radio voice Dave Mishkin

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - November 29, 2016 - 16:46
The Lightning is about to open the season's third month in a battle for the top playoff spots in the Atlantic Division. Is this where Tampa Bay was expected to be? The Lightning is about to open the season's third month in a battle for the top playoff spots in the Atlantic Division.
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Brayden Point gets his shot at center

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - November 29, 2016 - 12:30
Lightning rookie Brayden Point has already impressed in his first pro season while playing wing. And now Point, 20, is finally getting his shot at his natural position, center. Lightning rookie Brayden Point has already impressed in his first pro season while playing wing.
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Lightning Strikes Podcast: Vasilevskiy's strong start

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - November 25, 2016 - 14:32
You knew the Lightning would be tested once it lost captain Steven Stamkos - again - last week.
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How the Lightning spent Thanksgiving

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - November 25, 2016 - 14:00
Lightning center Tyler Johnson said he and Ondrej Palat have had a tradition of hosting teammates on Thanksgiving dating back to their days in the AHL.
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Boyle expected to return tonight vs. Blue Jackets

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - November 25, 2016 - 11:19
                   
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