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 center Blake Coleman, center, celebrates his goal with defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) and right wing Barclay Goodrow (19) during the second period.
  2. Lightning head coach Jon Cooper will have more time to go over X's and O's this week as the team goes five days without a game after their two games against the Dallas Stars were postponed because of a coronavirus outbreak
  3. Lightning forward Boo Nieves (59) works to old off forward Daniel Walcott (75) during the Lightning Blue vs White scrimmage earlier this month in Brandon.
  4. Lightning defenseman Cal Foote takes a shot as he moves the puck against the Blackhawks during third-period action of Wednesday's season opener at Amalie Arena.
  5. Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) celebrates his power-play goal along with defenseman Victor Hedman (77) during the second period.
  6. Lightning right wing Mathieu Joseph (7) celebrates his goal, beating Blackhawks goaltender Malcolm Subban to score the second goal of the game during first-period action on opening night at Amalie Arena on Wednesday.
  7. Fans attend the regular-season opener between the Toronto Raptors and New Orleans Pelicans in December at Amalie Arena in Tampa.
  8. Victor Hedman and the Lightning brought the Stanley Cup home to Tampa. Perhaps the team can win it again this year.
  9. Lightning defenseman Cal Foote, center, defends against center Steven Stamkos (91) in the crease as goaltender Curtis McElhinney watches play Tuesday at Amalie Arena in Tampa.
  10. Healthy after offseason core muscle surgery, Lightning captain Steven Stamkos is focused on getting back to the postseason. But he and his teammates will have to do it without leading returning scorer Nikita Kucherov.
  11. “I think we found out with this past season, you need a lot of things to go right, to go your way,” said Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh, hosting the Stanley Cup. “You need a little bit a luck, and you need some bounces. But you also need to set yourself up for those opportunities."
  12. Amalie Arena won't be packed with fans when the Lightning open the season Wednesday night against the Blackhawks.
  13. Lightning center Tyler Johnson was placed on waivers again Monday, but this time it's not because they're trying to move him.
  14. Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh said players realize that missing time for coronavirus-related reasons in a 56-game season would be detrimental to the team's goal of winning a second straight Stanley Cup.
  15. Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Mathieu Joseph (7), on left, talks with Lightning head coach Jon Cooper while on the ice during the Lightning 2021 Training Camp at the TGH Ice Plex, 10222 Elizabeth Pl, on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021 in Brandon.
  16. In this Feb. 4, 2020 file photo, Chris Doran, left, a cameraman for Fox Sports Sun, is on the ice covering the Lightning after a victory against the Golden Knights at Amalie Arena.
  17. The Lightning hold their first practice at Amalie Arena on Saturday morning. The team will have to get used to playing in front of empty seats after announcing fans will not be allowed inside until at least Feb. 5.
  18. Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev, left, battles forward Jack Finley along the boards during training camp.
  19. Members of the Phoenix Suns and Toronto Raptors form a circle during the American national anthem prior to Wednesday's game in Phoenix.
  20. Lightning forward Jack Finley (62) battles with center Yanni Gourde (37) during the Lightning Blue vs White scrimmage Wednesday at TGH Ice Plex in Brandon.
  21. A view of the concourse as fans gathered to watch the Lightning play the Dallas Stars in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final on the giant video board inside Amalie Arena.
  22. Tyler Johnson on Tuesday began the second day of training camp working with the Lightning’s first power-play unit, positioned in front of the net in the slot.
  23. Lightning center Brayden Point skates during training camp Tuesday at TGH Ice Plex in Brandon.