Sunday, October 07, 2018

Tampa Bay Lightning

Road to the Cup keeps coming through Tampa, but Lightning needs to switch lanes

Road to the Cup keeps coming through Tampa, but Lightning needs to switch lanes

TAMPA — Our oh-so-close hockey team is back in business.The business of finishing.The Lightning opens its season amid ever-present expectations and the usual memories of expectations dashed.The talent, the returning core, the speed everywhere, ...
Published: 10/05/18
Lightning needs to play with sense of urgency this year

Lightning needs to play with sense of urgency this year

Here we are at another NHL season. I was wondering if Alex Ovechkin and the rest of the party-hearty Washington Capitals had sobered up yet, but they raised their banner Wednesday night, then blew the doors off the Bruins to begin their title defense...
Published: 10/04/18
Schedule limits early game opportunities for Lightning

Schedule limits early game opportunities for Lightning

The Lightning has only one chance to make an impression during the first week of the NHL season. One.From Wednesday night, when the Capitals raised their Stanley Cup banner, until the following Wednesday, the Lightning will play one game. Only the De...
Published: 10/04/18
Breaking down the Lightning’s 2018-19 roster

Breaking down the Lightning’s 2018-19 roster

Here's a look at the Lightning heading into the season. While not all players will start the season with Tampa Bay, all are expected to see time at some point during the season.Steven StamkosSome interesting questions facing the Lightning captain the...
Published: 10/04/18
Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes: The Lightning’s made more than you may think

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes: The Lightning’s made more than you may think

TAMPA — Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result exemplifies insanity. Or craziness, depending on what variation of the phrase you might have learned or heard.The message and lesson, however, hold true either way...
Published: 10/04/18
Line cutters, beware: Expect a fight from the Lightning

Line cutters, beware: Expect a fight from the Lightning

TAMPA — Next up, the Tampa Bay Lightning.Well, at least you would think so considering how close the Lightning has come to winning the Stanley Cup recently.The Lightning has reached the Eastern Conference final three times and the Stanley Cup f...
Published: 10/04/18
Diana C. Nearhos joins the Times to cover the Lightning

Diana C. Nearhos joins the Times to cover the Lightning

Diana C. Nearhos, an award-winning sportswriter with hockey in her blood, is joining the Times to cover the Lightning.Nearhos, who won beat writing and breaking news awards for her coverage of the Philadelphia Flyers' AHL affiliate, starts Oct. 15, t...
Published: 10/04/18
Lightning announces opening day roster

Lightning announces opening day roster

The Lightning announced its opening day roster on Wednesday, which does not include Ryan Callahan.The Lightning placed Callahan on injured reserve to start the season, a move expected after he underwent shoulder surgery during the offseason.Callahan ...
Published: 10/03/18
Tom Jones’ Two Cents on the NHL: Is this the Lightning’s year?

Tom Jones’ Two Cents on the NHL: Is this the Lightning’s year?

Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones previews the upcoming NHL season.Best NHL playerAsk most people who the best player in the NHL is and they'll say Edmonton's Connor McDavid. Hard to argue with that pick. He won the scoring title last season and th...
Published: 10/03/18
Lightning’s Tony Cirelli looking to build off strong end to season; J.T. Miller misses practice

Lightning’s Tony Cirelli looking to build off strong end to season; J.T. Miller misses practice

TAMPA — Center Tony Cirelli could not have asked for a much better start or finish to his first NHL season.Called up from AHL Syracuse in late February, Cirelli scored a goal and an assist in his NHL debut against the Stars on March 1. In ...
Published: 10/02/18
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