Tampa Bay Lightning

When general manager Steve Yzerman gambled by selecting a young Czech winger 208th overall in the 2011 NHL Draft, nobody batted an eye. There wasn’t any second guessing by other teams because few late round picks turn into difference-makers for their team. Ondrej Palat is an exception. One that the Tampa Bay Lightning are glad
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The Tampa Bay Lightning are the envy of the National Hockey League. They’ve got a phenomenal owner in Jeff Vinik, who put the brakes on disaster and painstakingly rebuilt the organisation from the inside out. A former investment wizard, Vinik has managed to strike the optimal balance between the fanatical micromanagement of some of his
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When general manager Steve Yzerman announced the Tampa Bay Lightning’s third-round pick in 2014, no one expected much. Knee deep at the center position as it was, there weren’t many who predicted Brayden Point would be in the Lightning lineup at all for years. If he did manage to crack the lineup, nobody thought he’d
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Two nights after scoring five goals in a Game 3 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning the New Jersey Devils only managed to get one goal and were pushed to the brink of elimination following a 3-1 loss in Game 4. They had scored first to take the early lead, but that only lasted for
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With the close of the 2017-18 regular season marking the end of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 25th regular campaign, this makes for a perfect time to look back at the best goaltenders for the franchise over the last quarter-century. Throughout their history, the Lightning have been a proverbial revolving door for goaltenders, with only two playing
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For the diehard Rangers fan, this recent audition for the future has been fun. Neal Pionk, Rob O’Gara, John Gilmour and Ryan Sproul had their struggles, then showed enough progress to suggest a keeper or two just might come out of this revamped defense corps. Highly touted forwards Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil have shown
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There’s no doubt that the Tampa Bay Lightning have been an offensive juggernaut throughout the 2017-18 season. With a team that features scoring superstars like Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos, it felt like they could score at will. Not only are the Lightning ranked first overall in goals for per game and goals scored, they have
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The battle for the Stanley Cup kicks off in less than a month, on Wednesday, April 11. While there are still several teams battling to secure a playoff spot in the Western Conference, teams in the East are fairly well decided. Best Odds to Win the Stanley Cup This season, three of the four 2016-17
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There are few things as uncertain in the NHL than overtime. Between the nonstop action of three on three hockey to the coinflip that is a shootout, one can never predict what will happen. Sometimes, however, a player can rise above the insanity and find consistent success where others struggle. For the Tampa Bay Lightning,
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It wasn’t long ago that Ben Bishop donned the Ottawa Senators’ logo on the front of his jersey. But with Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner in the mix, the Senators had a decision to make – which goaltender would be the odd man out? Eventually, the Sens’ brass decided that Lehner would be their goalie
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From time to time, THW translates Russian materials where the focus is less on great hockey players, but is rather on their family. We already published stories about Alexander Radulov and Artemi Panarin, and also a talk with Kirill Kaprizov’s first coach. This time, Nikita Kucherov’s mother, Svetlana, and first coach, Gennadi Kurdin, shed some lights on
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We’ve been here before. Per Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times, general manager Steve Yzerman announced Friday that the Tampa Bay Lightning would be without veteran Ryan Callahan indefinitely. Callahan suffered an upper-body injury in Thursday’s game against the Arizona Coyotes and is pending a re-evaluation in three to four weeks. Callahan had one
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