Steve Yzerman’s Best Lightning Trades
Steve Yzerman shocked the hockey world when he stepped down as general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning in September 2018. He was the GM and vice president of the Lightning since 2010, and had been one of the most successful GM’s in recent memory. For many of his years in Tampa Bay, the Bolts […]
Bolts Breakdown: Still Winning Heading into the All-Star Break
In three games this week, the Tampa Bay Lightning picked up four out of a possible six points against Western Conference teams. They defeated the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 in a shootout on Tuesday, then fell flat against the Minnesota Wild in a 3-2 loss. However, they bounced back with a 7-1 win over the […]
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Bolts Breakdown: Back in the Playoff Picture
Thanks to a 10-game winning streak, the Tampa Bay Lightning are now second in the Atlantic Division with 58 points. That streak continued this week with a dominating 9-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday, one of their best all-around performances in a 4-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes Thursday, and a gritty 1-0 […]
Lightning Mid Season Award Winners
The Tampa Bay Lightning are at the halfway point in their season and have started to catch fire lately. They have won eight straight games and are back in the playoff picture. They have also had some of their star players pick up their play recently, helping get them back into playoff contention. Every player […]
Bolts Breakdown: Winning Streak Continues
Earlier in the season, the main criticism of the Tampa Lightning was that they were “underperforming.” They were not winning as much as many had predicted, and as general manager Julien BriseBois said, “Our record has lagged behind our play on the ice.” This week, the Lightning continued their winning streak to seven straight with […]
Bolts Breakdown: Lightning Come up Big Against Atlantic Division Foes
The Tampa Bay Lightning won all three games this week, and all were big wins against Atlantic Division rivals. They beat the Florida Panthers handily before the Christmas break, and while they came out flat and lethargic against the Montreal Canadiens, their second and third-period stands were enough to get them the win. They also […]
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NHL’s Top 5 Defensive Defensemen of the Decade
The 2010s have come and gone, and as we embark on a new decade, the hockey world has been reminiscing on the greatest goals, saves and players of the decade. Most of those players include high-octane scorers and acrobatic netminders, but what about the defenseman who plays 20 minutes a night, blocks shots and has […]
Lightning Have Decisions to Make on UFAs This Summer
No matter what happens this season, the Tampa Bay Lightning will have a busy and likely stressful offseason. They have six restricted free agents (RFA) that could be re-signed, and they also have four unrestricted free agents (UFA) who they could potentially bring back for the 2020-21 season. Related: Lightning Have Big RFA Issues to […]
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Lightning Have Big RFA Issues to Face This Summer
Regardless of how they do in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs — if they even make it — the Tampa Bay Lightning will have a busy offseason. They have six restricted free agents (RFAs) and four unrestricted free agents (UFAs) heading into the 2020-21 season. Tampa’s RFAs are arguably the more interesting group because, firstly, […]
Bolts Breakdown: Lightning Let down by Power Play and Goaltending
Another week of Tampa Bay Lightning hockey is in the books, and another week has arrived with the club still outside of the playoff picture. They beat the Senators in overtime 4-3 on Tuesday, and despite playing one of their better games on Thursday, they lost to the Dallas Stars in overtime, 4-3. They also […]
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Lightning Should Give Vasilevskiy Some Time Off
Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price finished the 2016-17 season third in Vezina Trophy voting. The next year, he had statistically one of the worst years of his career, including career lows in save percentage (SV%) (.900), goals against average (GAA) (3.11), quality start percentage (QS%) (.438) and goals saved above average (GSAA) (minus-17.49). (from ‘Analyze […]
Lightning Respond to Kucherov Benching
In the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 4-3 overtime win over the Ottawa Senators Tuesday night, Nikita Kucherov did not play most of the third period. He hurt his foot blocking a shot against the Washington Capitals on Saturday, but that had nothing to do with it. Instead, head coach Jon Cooper decided Kucherov needed to pay […]
Bolts Breakdown: Inconsistency Is Starting to Become Normal
The Tampa Bay Lightning had another four games in seven days this week, three of which came against teams that many believe will make the playoffs. They went 2-2 in those four games, picking up wins against the Florida Panthers and Boston Bruins, while getting beat handily by the New York Islanders and Washington Capitals. […]
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