Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Tampa Bay Lightning

Jake Dotchin called up as Victor Hedman remains out for Lightning

ANAHEIM, Calif — The shuttle from AHL Syracuse continues for the Lightning.

With D Victor Hedman (illness) missing his second straight game Tuesday against the Ducks, Tampa Bay recalled D Jake Dotchin to provide depth.

Coach Jon Cooper said the Lightning hoped Hedman could return by Thursday's game in San Jose.

Dotchin, 22, got the call around 5 p.m. Monday after a matinee game with the Crunch. After a whirlwind of phone calls to his parents, Dotchin boarded a flight and arrived in Anaheim around 3 a.m.

"It's pretty exciting," Dotchin said.

Dotchin didn't make his NHL debut Tuesday, but Cooper said the coaches were comfortable playing him if need be. Dotchin, a sixth-round draft pick in 2012, led Crunch defensemen with a plus-10 rating, with three goals and 12 points in 33 games.

The Lightning could have chosen the more experienced, left-shot puck-mover Slater Koekkoek, who has played 29 games with Tampa Bay this season, or Crunch All-Star Matt Taormina, but Cooper said Dotchin earned the callup.

"He's done everything down there the coaches have asked of him," Cooper said. "He's gotten better as a player. His game has really matured."

That Dotchin, at 6 feet 3 and 210 pounds, has size and grit, which helps against some heavy Western Conference teams, Cooper said.

"I've just got to go out there and (do) what got me here," Dotchin said. "Play simple hockey, put the puck in the forwards' hands and play physical and do what I can do."

BISH again: G Ben Bishop started for the second straight game. He had been sharp in his first two games since returning from a lower-body injury, including a 31-save effort in Monday's win against the Kings.

'D' FIRST: The Lightning has seen great progress in its defending the past three games, allowing six combined goals (one an empty-netter) after giving up 22 in its four-game losing streak. "It's all about our net now," Cooper said.

HIT SHOW: Cooper said that the Lightning's season-high 41 hits Monday were a big reason why it won. "Our players were physically engaged," he said. "When you are like that, your team is engaged. It wasn't just one person who was doing it, everybody was doing it."

NUTS AND BOLTS: Blues GM Doug Armstrong was at his second straight Lightning game. … There was a lot of praise for how the fourth line, the "French Connection," played Monday, with C Cedric Paquette, Michael Bournival and Gabriel Dumont combining for eight hits and five shots on goal. … RW J.T. Brown (upper body) and Joel Vermin (healthy) were scratched.

Comments
New forward Danick Martel hoping to stick with Lightning

New forward Danick Martel hoping to stick with Lightning

TAMPA — Danick Martel didn't have much of an opportunity to ease his way into his time with the Lightning.On Sunday, 10,164 Lightning fans flocked to Amalie Arena to watch Martel's debut practice, also known as Fan Fest.As if there was not alre...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Lightning journal: Kucherov leaves preseason game with lower-body injury

Lightning journal: Kucherov leaves preseason game with lower-body injury

F Nikita Kucherov played in the first period against the Panthers, but he did not return for the second.Midway through the second, the Lightning ruled him out for the rest of the game with a lower-body injury.Lightning coach Jon Cooper did not want t...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Lightning journal: Vinik pushing for outdoor game

Lightning journal: Vinik pushing for outdoor game

As he sat back in his chair facing the stands in the middle of the two benches, Lightning owner Jeff Vinik could not help but remember the first time he sat there.A young Steven Stamkos sat next to him as he spoke in front of a crowd of about 30 peop...
Published: 09/24/18
Lightning journal: Roster trimmed to 28

Lightning journal: Roster trimmed to 28

TAMPA – After Sunday morning, the Lightning sat five cuts away from having a 23-man roster to start the regular season.It cut its training camp roster by 27, leaving 28 players on the roster with the start of the regular season less than two we...
Published: 09/23/18
Lightning forward prospect Boris Katchouk putting together strong preseason

Lightning forward prospect Boris Katchouk putting together strong preseason

TAMPA — As the end of training camp looms, there's no clear-cut answer as to how the Lightning will fill the one, maybe two open forward spots in its lineup.It could go with Adam Erne. Spending much of his time in AHL Syracuse the past three se...
Published: 09/22/18
Lightning journal: ‘No-risk’ forward pickup; another preseason win; Fan Fest on Sunday

Lightning journal: ‘No-risk’ forward pickup; another preseason win; Fan Fest on Sunday

TAMPA — It didn't take long for Lightning GM Julien BriseBois to decide he wanted to put a waiver claim in Friday.Not when he saw that F Danick Martel was available."He's a player we have had on our radar for a while, going back to actually his...
Published: 09/22/18
Lightning journal: Adam Erne looks to stick in Tampa

Lightning journal: Adam Erne looks to stick in Tampa

Forward Adam Erne flicks the puck into the net, but he has no time to celebrate.He flips around. Crunch, crunch, crunch. Snow flies off his skates. Erne then squares his body as he arrives in the defensive zone, steps away from the net.Within a secon...
Published: 09/21/18
Lightning falls to Hurricanes again in preseason

Lightning falls to Hurricanes again in preseason

The Lightning did not fare much better in its second preseason crack at the Hurricanes.In fact, it did worse.It lost 6-1 Wednesday in Raleigh, N.C.Carolina put a much more veteran team on the ice than it did Tuesday in winning Tampa Bay's preseason o...
Published: 09/19/18
Second-round pick Gabriel Fortier among Lightning’s early cuts

Second-round pick Gabriel Fortier among Lightning’s early cuts

One round of cuts down, several more to go.The Lightning cut seven players on Wednesday, five of whom were training camp invitees, the team announced. All seven players were assigned to juniors.Gabriel Fortier was the most notable cut. The Lightning'...
Published: 09/19/18
Lightning journal: Can Mathieu Joseph sneak his way onto the opening-day roster?

Lightning journal: Can Mathieu Joseph sneak his way onto the opening-day roster?

It remains to be seen if F Mathieu Joseph will make the Lightning's roster. If he doesn't, it certainly won't be because of a lack of opportunities.Joseph saw time on the Lightning power play and penalty kill on Tuesday at Amalie Arena when Tampa Bay...
Published: 09/19/18