Woodward: The Tampa Bay Lightning Weekly Report

by Benjamin Woodward | Posted on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
Tyler Johnson - Player of the Week

Tyler Johnson – Player of the Week

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Tampa Bay Lightning Weekly Report, where we break down everything you need to know in preparation for another week of Bolts’ hockey. In each post, we will include a brief analysis of every recent game, present Tampa Bay’s key performers of the week and evaluate all potential roster moves by the Lightning.
(Tyler Johnson Photo/Susan Ferlita)

GAME ANALYSIS

Tuesday December 2 – Buffalo Sabres 2 – Tampa Bay Lightning 1 (SHOOTOUT)

Bolts’ MVP of the Game:  Tyler Johnson (1 assist, plus-1 rating, 3 shots)

Tyler Johnson

Tyler Johnson

  • In the second half of a back-to-back set, the Lightning simply did not have the jump in their step that you’d expect against the last place Sabres. Back-up netminder Evgeni Nabokov showed some signs of improvement in this one, stopping 21 of 22 shots faced during regulation before being exposed for two straight goals in the shootout. The Tampa Bay offense couldn’t get much of anything going, with Ondrej Palat’s seventh goal of the season marking their only tally of the game. (Photo/Christine Gunn)

Thursday December 4 – Tampa Bay Lightning 5 – Buffalo Sabres 0

Bolts’ MVP of the Game:  Andrej Sustr (2 assists, plus-2 rating, 2 shots)

Andrej Sustr

Andrej Sustr

  • After tasting defeat at the hands of the lowly Sabres just two nights prior, the Lightning were a much more motivated team in the second half of their back-to-back set against Buffalo. Holding the visiting Sabres to a mere 13 shots on goal, the Lightning controlled play throughout the duration of this game. On offense, the charge was led by captain Steven Stamkos, who finished the evening with a goal and a pair of assists. Defenseman Andrej Sustr chipped in with two assists, registering his first career multi-point game at the NHL level. Between the pipes, Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop registered his first shutout of the 2014 campaign. (Photo/Christine Gunn)

Saturday December 6 – Columbus Blue Jackets 3 – Tampa Bay Lightning 1

Bolts’ MVP of the Game:  Jonathan Drouin (1 assist, even rating)

Jonathan Drouin

Jonathan Drouin

  • Backstopped by an outstanding 33-save performance from former Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky, the Columbus Blue Jackets stymied the high-powered Tampa Bay offense on Saturday evening. The Lightning defense performed well, holding the Blue Jackets to only twenty shots on goal. Forwards Boone Jenner and Jack Skille each scored for Columbus and defenseman David Savard added his fifth tally of the year during a first period power-play. On offense, Tampa Bay failed to get into the goal column until the game’s final two minutes, where Ondrej Palat scored his eighth of the year. (Photo/Susan Ferlita)

Tuesday December 9 – Washington Capitals 5 – Tampa Bay Lightning 3

Bolts’ MVP of the Game:  Victor Hedman (3 assists, 4 shots)

  • Scoring his 13th goal of the season a mere forty seconds into the action, Washington
    Victor Hedman

    Victor Hedman

    captain Alex Ovechkin opened this game with a bang. Tampa Bay answered back soon after with a goal from third line pivot Brian Boyle, but Washington regained the lead on a power-play tally from Matt Niskanen before the opening period was through. The Lightning again battled back to tie the score when Steven Stamkos’ team-leading 17th of the season evened the game at 2-2. The goal marked the 250th score of the Tampa Bay captain’s remarkable career, making him the youngest player (24 years, 305 days) in franchise history to ever reach the mark. However, Washington’s offensive attack would prove too much for the Bolts on this night, as the Capitals added three additional goals over the game’s final period and a half. Defenseman Victor Hedman was the lone bright spot of the evening for Tampa Bay, finishing the night with three assists and four shots on goal. (Photo/Susan Ferlita)

INJURY REPORT

No injuries to report.

ROSTER MOVES

No roster moves to report.

THREE STARS OF THE WEEK

1.) Tyler Johnson — 3 assists, plus-1 rating, 10 shots

2.) Steven Stamkos – 2 goals, 2 assists, minus-1 rating, 11 shots

3.) Victor Hedman — 3 assists, 11 shots

STANDINGS AND TEAM STATISTICS

Rk Team GP W L OL PTS PTS% GF GA PP PP% PK%
1 Anaheim Ducks 29 18 6 5 41 .707 85 79 17 17.00 81.25
2 Tampa Bay Lightning 29 18 8 3 39 .672 101 77 22 22.00 79.79
3 Detroit Red Wings 28 17 6 5 39 .696 88 70 24 21.82 87.13
4 Chicago Blackhawks 28 19 8 1 39 .696 88 55 20 18.02 91.25
5 Pittsburgh Penguins 27 18 6 3 39 .722 88 64 25 29.07 86.14
6 Montreal Canadiens 30 18 10 2 38 .633 77 77 11 13.58 84.11
7 Nashville Predators 27 18 7 2 38 .704 73 54 9 10.71 80.28
8 St. Louis Blues 28 18 8 2 38 .679 80 65 22 21.78 80.00
9 New York Islanders 28 19 9 0 38 .679 90 79 21 20.19 72.94
10 Vancouver Canucks 29 18 9 2 38 .655 88 81 17 18.28 86.14
11 Calgary Flames 29 17 10 2 36 .621 90 76 21 21.65 76.06
12 Winnipeg Jets 29 15 9 5 35 .603 69 66 13 13.54 83.93
13 San Jose Sharks 30 15 11 4 34 .567 86 81 22 24.44 82.95
14 Toronto Maple Leafs 27 15 9 3 33 .611 93 80 21 21.21 83.33
15 Los Angeles Kings 28 14 9 5 33 .589 72 60 15 16.30 84.00
16 Minnesota Wild 26 15 10 1 31 .596 76 65 10 11.49 88.89
17 Boston Bruins 28 15 12 1 31 .554 72 72 12 18.18 78.41
18 Washington Capitals 27 13 10 4 30 .556 79 74 21 28.77 76.25
19 Florida Panthers 26 11 8 7 29 .558 58 68 12 14.81 81.72
20 New York Rangers 26 12 10 4 28 .538 77 76 13 15.12 80.95
21 Ottawa Senators 27 11 11 5 27 .500 70 74 20 20.00 82.47
22 New Jersey Devils 29 11 13 5 27 .466 68 83 18 21.18 75.93
23 Dallas Stars 28 10 13 5 25 .446 81 100 16 15.69 79.00
24 Colorado Avalanche 28 9 13 6 24 .429 72 92 12 13.33 87.13
25 Arizona Coyotes 28 10 15 3 23 .411 66 90 19 20.43 76.67
26 Philadelphia Flyers 27 9 13 5 23 .426 70 85 22 23.40 74.74
27 Buffalo Sabres 28 10 16 2 22 .393 48 85 6 7.50 78.57
28 Columbus Blue Jackets 27 10 15 2 22 .407 64 90 23 23.00 76.29
29 Edmonton Oilers 28 7 16 5 19 .339 62 96 11 12.94 80.00
30 Carolina Hurricanes 27 8 16 3 19 .352 59 76 17 19.54 83.56
League Average 28 14 11 3 31 .558 76 77 17 18.61 81.33
Provided by Hockey-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/10/2014.

LOOKING AHEAD

The Lightning will wrap up their current home-stand with a Thursday evening showdown against former Southeast division rival Carolina. From there the Bolts will head north for a five-game trek through the Metropolitan division that begins in Washington, DC against the Capitals on Saturday.

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Lead Writer Benjamin Woodward is a native Bostonian and lifelong hockey fanatic. After three years of covering the Boston Bruins for various media outlets, including Hockey Independent, SB Nation and the New England Hockey Journal, Benjamin has chosen to tackle a new challenge here in Tampa Bay. He enjoys golfing and football and is a die-hard University of Michigan supporter.

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