Eduardo A. Encina - Lightning Reporter

Lightning Reporter

I’m back for my second stint at the Tampa Bay Times. You may recognize my byline from back in the day when I covered the Rays, Lightning and high school sports. After seven years working in my hometown of Baltimore as the lead Orioles writer at The Baltimore Sun, I’m back covering the Lightning. If you have a story idea, email me, tweet me or send me a three-eyed raven. When I’m not working, I’m likely outside hiking (preferably out of cell-phone range), getting charged by a mountain goat, Instagramming my food, plotting my second career as an astronaut or taking hacks at the nearest indoor batting cage.

  1. Lightning right wing Corey Perry (10) and Colorado Avalanche left wing J.T. Compher (37) scrap during the second period Saturday night at Amalie Arena.
  2. The Lightning's Nikita Kucherov, left, with Brayden Point, middle, and Ondrej Palat on the ice on the opening day of Lightning training camp.
  3. “(Thursday) night brought back a lot of memories for the guys,” Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman said. “You kind of relive that moment. (Friday), the date has turned, and you get ready for (Saturday).”
  4. Lightning center Brayden Point (21) works to control the puck against Florida Panthers right wing Owen Tippett (74) during the first period of Tuesday's game at Amalie Arena.
  5. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy gets beat as the Panthers go up 3-1 during the third period at Amalie Arena on Tuesday.
  6. The Lightning placed Nikita Kucherov on long-term injured reserve, meaning he can't return before Nov. 13 and he also may be out longer than that.
  7. Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov makes his way to the bench after he was injured during the third period of a game against the Capitals on Saturday night.
  8. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy turned away all seven shots he faced on the penalty kill Saturday night against the Capitals.
  9. Nikita Kucherov makes his way to the bench after he was injured during the third period against the Capitals on Saturday night.
  10. Lightning captain Steven Stamkos celebrates his winning goal in overtime against the Capitals on Saturday night.
  11. Lightning forward Boris Katchouk, seen here during the preseason, "gets himself engaged, he can win puck battles, he’s good around the net," according to coach Jon Cooper.
  12. Lightning center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, middle, battles between Penguins center Danton Heinen (43), left, and center Brian Boyle (11) in the season opener Tuesday at Amalie Arena.
  13. Red Wings center Dylan Larkin (71) and Lightning right wing Mathieu Joseph (7) argue in the second period of Thursday's game in Detroit.
  14. Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat celebrates his goal against the Red Wings in overtime Thursday night in Detroit.
  15. Lightning defenseman Zach Bogosian is expected to miss four to six weeks with a lower body injury.
  16. Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) skates off as the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrate their fourth goal of Tuesday's game at Amalie Arena.
  17. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) looks on along with defenseman Erik Cernak (81) as Pittsburgh Penguins center Danton Heinen (43) celebrates his second-period goal Tuesday at Amalie Arena.
  18. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaks with reporters before Tuesday's game between the Lightning and Penguins at Amalie Arena.
  19. Ross Colton certainly closed out last season on a high note, scoring the lone goal against the Canadiens in the Stanley Cup clincher.
  20. New addition Corey Perry likely will play on the Lightning's third line and second power-play unit.
  21. Alex Barre-Boulet was claimed by the expansion Seattle Kraken off waivers on Monday.
  22. Lightning coach Jon Cooper signed a three-year contract extension that will carry him through the 2024-25 season.
  23. Tampa Bay's Taylor Raddysh, right, passes the puck past Florida's Ryan Lomberg during the first period of an Oct. 5 preseason game in Orlando.