Lightning Strikes (Cristodero)
Updated: 11 hours 14 min ago
TAMPA -- Tonight's game against St. Louis is the midpoint in a stretch of 11 straight games for the Lightning against Western Conference opponents, and the Blues' style of play should prepare Tampa Bay for what they'll face in the next two weeks during a five-game road trip.
TAMPA -- Lightning rookie center Vladislav Namestnikov understood the need for him to spend most of the past two months with the AHL's Syracuse Crunch, but back in the NHL for tonight's game against St. Louis, he's eager to show he can make plays at this level.
While the Lightning lost 3-2 in overtime to the Predators Tuesday night, touted rookie goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy stole the show.
The Lightning blueline will get a big boost tonight with the return of defenseman Jason Garrison, who missed the last two games with a lower-body injury.
The impressive career for veteran goalie Evgeni Nabokov will likely end where it all began.
Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison will be out tonight against the Kings and is "questionable" for Sunday's game against the Ducks due to a lower-body injury suffered Thursday.
The Lightning addressed its depleted forward depth at AHL Syracuse Friday by acquiring former Tampa Bay wing prospect Carter Ashton and left wing David Broll from the Maple Leafs for a conditional seventh round pick in the 2016 draft.
Every time Lightning veteran wing Brenden Morrow comes to Dallas, even if it's passing through, there's some nostalgia.
Lightning coach Jon Cooper said touted prospect Andrei Vasilevskiy wasn't brought up to sit the bench.
Lightning goalie Ben Bishop said he can't even count how many friends and family will be in the Scottrade Center tonight as he faces his hometown Blues. "It'll be up there," he said.
For the first three months Cedric Paquette spent with the Lightning this season, he was living out of a downtown hotel.
As soon as Lightning center Cedric Paquette capped off his first hat trick Thursday night, dozens of hats were tossed down from the stands onto the ice at Amalie Arena.