This second round playoff series between the Boston Bruins and the Tampa Bay Lightning has the potential to become the best series of these Eastern Conference playoffs. It’s already off to a great start, with the series tied 1-1 heading back to the Boston Garden. The playoff meeting had been several months in the making
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
On Jan. 22, Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy shutout the Chicago Blackhawks, putting a cap on one of the most dominant months of play in his young career. This was his fourth shutout since Dec. 23 and seventh of the season, putting him into a tie with Nikolai Khabibulin for the single-season shutout record for
We’re close to halfway through the season and it’s time to make tweaks to your fantasy hockey team to secure a playoff spot or become and buyer or seller if you’re in a keeper league. These rankings will help you make those decisions. Please note that rankings are based on standard Yahoo categories, including goals,
The Best Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals Three games: Dec. 30 vs New Jersey (W), Jan. 2 at Carolina (W) 2 G, 3 A, plus-4, 1 game-winning goal, 8 shots, 25.0 percent shooting Washington’s captain continued his rebound campaign last week by posting two goals and three assists in two games. Of his five points, just
“The Vezina Trophy is an annual award given to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at this position as voted by the general managers of all NHL clubs.” That is how the trophy is described on nhl.com. The end of the year is a good time to evaluate what we have seen and determine who
Sergei Bobrovsky is up to his old tricks again. Friday night, Bobrovsky pitched his 21st career shutout in a 2-0 win over the New York Rangers. He stopped all 36 shots thrown his way. The win was the third in a row by the Blue Jackets. They sit tied in points with both New Jersey
Considered one of the top goaltending prospects in Russian hockey, Daniil Tarasov had an exciting career until he had to miss the whole 16-17 season with a lower-body injury. In spite of that, he was drafted pretty high in the NHL draft as the Columbus Blue Jackets decided to spend the 86th overall pick on him.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are just nine games into the 2017-18 NHL regular season but sit atop the Eastern Conference with a 7-1-1 record and 15 points. While there is a lot of hockey left to play, one thing is blatantly apparent through nine games — the Lightning are playing like a far different team
Backup goaltending is an important and often overlooked aspect of a team’s dynamic. When a team has a reliable backup, it allows them to spread the workload out just enough to give the starter a break while not throwing them completely out of their groove. The truly great backups are able to step in and
The Tampa Bay Lightning begin their 25th season in franchise history Friday against the Florida Panthers, less than six months removed from falling one point short of a playoff berth. Expectations were sky high heading into last season, with many in the hockey world picking the Lightning as a favorite to win the Stanley Cup.
In early 2013, there was a joke running around Tampa Bay Lightning fans that they should be sleeping with a framed picture of Andrei Vasilevskiy over their beds so they could wake-up each morning knowing that they had a goaltending future. It can be hard to understate just how bad the Lightning’s goaltending situation was
It’s still the dog days of summer with NHL headlines few and far between, so I decided to kill some more time by turning my recent positional rankings into power rankings. After ranking all 31 teams by positional strength in terms of forwards, defencemen and goaltenders, I totalled those rankings and divided that number by
One of the decisions Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman faces this summer is who will backup goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy next season. But if the Lightning have their way (and can afford him), bringing back Peter Budaj would benefit the club — for a number of reasons. Budaj, who turns 35 in September, was acquired