Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Brayden Point held out of practice for body maintenance

Brayden Point held out of practice for body maintenance

C Brayden Point did not skate Friday, missing the Lightning's practice with what the team termed a "body maintenance" day.Point, who did not participate in Thursday's morning skate, played in Thursday's 4-1 win against the visiting Red Wings. He took...
Published: 02/16/18
Nikita Kucherov dazzling playmaking on display

Nikita Kucherov dazzling playmaking on display

Everyone at Amalie Arena thought Lightning wing Nikita Kucherov was going to shoot during a late second-period power play Thursday night.And why wouldn't they?Kucherov had a game-high 14 shot attempts (six on goal) against Detroit. He was feeling it....
Published: 02/16/18
Joe Smith’s takeaways from Thursday’s Lightning win over the Red Wings

Joe Smith’s takeaways from Thursday’s Lightning win over the Red Wings

What a spectacular shot fake/pass by Nikita Kucherov on Steven Stamkos' power play goal in the second. "It's almost like he slows the game down so much, he's a step or two ahead of guys," Red Wings D Mike Green said. Skilled? No question. But Kuchero...
Published: 02/16/18
Big boys lead the way as Lightning cruises past Red Wings

Big boys lead the way as Lightning cruises past Red Wings

TAMPA — The camouflage jersey, given to the Lightning player of the game, hung Thursday in the stall of captain Steven Stamkos.But the prize easily could have gone to Nikita Kucherov, who had a dazzling four-point performance (three assists) in...
Published: 02/15/18
Updated: 02/16/18
Could Red Wings’ Mike Green be a fit with Lightning?

Could Red Wings’ Mike Green be a fit with Lightning?

TAMPA — Shortly after Red Wings defenseman Mike Green scored the only two goals for the Atlantic Division in the NHL All-Star Game final here last month, coach Jeff Blashill flipped out his cellphone.Blashill is good buddies with Lightning coac...
Published: 02/15/18
Updated: 02/16/18
Not helping Lightning’s funk: playing 18 of 24 on the road

Not helping Lightning’s funk: playing 18 of 24 on the road

TAMPA — It's natural for Lightning fans — even coaches and players — to ride the emotional wave of this difficult stretch of the season.There's no question Tampa Bay hasn't played its best hockey in the past month, going 9-8-1 since...
Published: 02/15/18
Lightning puts tough road stretch in perspective

Lightning puts tough road stretch in perspective

It's natural for Lightning fans – even coaches and players – to ride the emotional wave of this difficult stretch of the season.There's no question Tampa Bay hasn't played its best hockey in the past month, 9-8-1 since Jan. 4.But the Ligh...
Published: 02/15/18
Hockey central? Ongoing effort to grow the girls game in Florida

Hockey central? Ongoing effort to grow the girls game in Florida

WESLEY CHAPEL — At 9 years old, Felicity DeGracia has already mapped out her life: youth hockey, high school hockey, college hockey, Olympic hockey."It's a dream of mine," the fourth grader from South Tampa said of playing for Team USA.It is a ...
Published: 02/14/18
Lightning penalty kill problems a perfect storm

Lightning penalty kill problems a perfect storm

TAMPA — When Lightning coach Jon Cooper says the penalty kill has been a "sore subject" for some time, it's not a punch line.This special teams unit is a significant concern, especially when it costs Tampa Bay games. Tuesday's 5-3 loss to Buffa...
Published: 02/14/18
Lightning loses to lowly Sabres 5-3

Lightning loses to lowly Sabres 5-3

BUFFALO, N.Y. — You could understand Monday's loss in Toronto a little more, the Lightning's furious comeback falling just short against a red-hot and fast playoff-caliber team.Tampa Bay felt it deserved a point and came up empty. It happens in...
Published: 02/13/18
Updated: 02/14/18