• NHL hands Mathew Barzal $5K fine for crosschecking
    Mathew Barzal has been fined $5,000 for crosschecking Jan Rutta during Monday's 8-0 loss to Tampa Bay.

    Advice: Barzal is in the second season of a three-year, $21 million contract. The incident, which came at the end of the second period, also resulted in Barzal getting a five-minute major and game misconduct. With this decision rendered, Barzal will be eligible to play in Game 6 on Wednesday. The Lightning didn't have an update on Rutta's condition on Tuesday, so it remains to be seen if he'll be healthy enough to play. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 12:51 pm
  • Marc-Andre Fleury is poised to start in Game 5
    Marc-Andre Fleury was the first goaltender off the ice following the morning skate.

    Advice: That suggests that Fleury will be back in net Tuesday night. If that's the case it's an interesting decision given that goaltender Robin Lehner was a key part of the Golden Knights' victory in Game 4. That said, Fleury has a 1.97 GAA and .921 save percentage in 15 starts, so now that he's well rest it does make some sense for Vegas to go back to him. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 10:38 am
  • No update on Jan Rutta on Tuesday
    Lightning coach Jon Cooper didn't provide an update on Jan Rutta's (undisclosed) status on Tuesday.

    Advice: Rutta was injured when Mathew Barzal crosschecked him during Monday's contest. Cooper did add that there would be an update on Rutta Wednesday following the morning skate. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 9:30 am
     
  • Erik Cernak's status will be updated on Wednesday
    Erik Cernak's (upper body) status will be updated after Wednesday's morning skate, according to Lightning coach Jon Cooper.

    Advice: Cernak took part in the pregame warmups for Game 5, but didn't end up participating in the contest. He has eight assists in 15 playoff games this year. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 9:28 am
     
  • David Savard has a multi-point game Monday night
    David Savard recorded two assists in an 8-0 victory over the Islanders in Game 5 on Monday.

    Advice: It was Savard's second career multi-point game in the playoffs with his first coming back in 2014. Savard has contributed three assists in 13 postseason games this year. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 7:58 am
  • Blake Coleman picks up an assist in Game 5 Monday
    Blake Coleman recorded an assist in an 8-0 win against the Islanders Monday night.

    Advice: Coleman has contributed a point in three of his last four games. That brings him up to a goal and seven points in 16 postseason contests this year. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 7:55 am
  • Ondrej Palat scores goal in Lightning blowout win
    Ondrej Palat found the back of the net in the Lightning's 8-0 win against the Islanders in Game 5 Monday night.

    Advice: Palat has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last four games. He has four goals and eight points in 16 playoff contests this year. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 7:52 am
  • Pat Maroon records an assist versus the Islanders
    Pat Maroon registered an assist in Tampa Bay's 8-0 win against the Islanders on Monday.

    Advice: That was Maroon's first point of the semifinals. He has a goal and three points in 16 postseason contests. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 7:45 am
     
  • Mathew Barzal delivers a bad crosscheck Monday
    Mathew Barzal delivered a bad crosscheck to Jan Rutta at the end of the second period of Monday's 8-0 loss to the Lightning.

    Advice: Barzal got a five-minute major and a game misconduct at 20:00 of the second period for the play. Islanders coach Barry Trotz wasn't happy with his actions. "Disappointed because it wasn’t going well and he just dug it a little deeper for the guys," Trotz said. "I am disappointed in his decision." The Islanders gave up a goal on the ensuing penalty, though realistically the game was already lost at that point. They were down 6-0 when Barzal crosschecked Jan Rutta. If Barzal's actions result in him getting suspended then he'll have hurt his team's chances of bouncing back in Game 6 by taking himself out of the contest. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 7:28 am
  • Adam Erne likely to get a raise this offseason
    Adam Erne can become a restricted free agent this offseason.

    Advice: Erne completed a one-year, $997,500 contract and he earned a raise after scoring 11 goals and 20 points in 45 contests in 2020-21. Given that he's eligible to become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2022, it wouldn't be surprising if the Red Wings seek to sign him to a multi-year deal. Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman, who drafted Erne in 2013 back when Yzerman was with the Lightning, thinks highly of the forward. “I think we got a real good player who is a little bit of a different dimension for us,” Yzerman said. “He’s a big, thick kid who’s got pretty good hands and can play a lot of different situations. I think there’s a lot more there. But I really like Adam’s determination and his drive. He’s really driven, he wants to be a good player in the NHL, he puts the time in, the work in. It was good to see he earned a bigger role on the team and thrived in it.” NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 7:04 am
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  • Luke Schenn scores first of the playoffs
    Luke Schenn had a goal and a fight Monday in the Bolts 8-0 win over the New York Islanders.

    Advice: Schenn entered the lineup when Erik Cernak was unable to go. Schenn's goal bounced in off the Islanders Ryan Pulock. Schenn was just an assist short of a Gordie Howe hat trick. It was some game from Schenn who played in his seventh playoff game this season. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:23 pm
  • Jan Rutta exits game after cross-check to the face
    Jan Rutta was injured in Monday's Game 5 matchup against the New York Islanders at the end of the second period and did not return.

    Advice: Mathew Barzal was assessed five-minute major for cross-checking and a game misconduct on the play. Rutta didn't play in the third period of the match. Coach Jon Cooper didn't have an update on Rutta's status following the contest. Consider the Lightning defender day-to-day for now.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:18 pm
     
  • Semyon Varlamov gives up three goals on 16 shots
    Semyon Varlamov gave up three goals on 16 shots in 15:27 before he was pulled in favor of Ilya Sorokin.

    Advice: Varlamov could not be blamed for any of the goals in the first period as bad bounces plagued him early and often. Ilya Sorokin finished up and gave up five goals on 25 shots. Varlamov took the loss, his sixth of the playoffs as he saw his record go to 6-6. Look for the Islanders to go back to Varlamov Wednesday for Game 6. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:15 pm
  • Nikita Kucherov has three assist night Monday
    Nikita Kucherov had three assists Monday to extend his points streak to eight games.

    Advice: Kucherov leads the NHL playoff scoring race with 27 points including 22 helpers. The Lightning star missed the entire regular season after undergoing off-season hip surgery. He is truly a marvel. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:13 pm
  • Brayden Point scores in eighth straight game
    Brayden Point scored in his eighth straight game Monday.

    Advice: Point's power play goal at the 1:59 mark of the third period gave Tampa Bay a 7-0 lead. Point has 13 goals in the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs after scoring 14 last season. Only Reggie Leach, who had a 10-game goal-scoring streak in the 1976 playoffs, has a longer scoring streak than Point who also added an assist to give him 18 points in the playoffs. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:09 pm
  • Alex Killorn scores twice, adds assist
    Alex Killorn scored a pair of goals and added an assist in the Lightning's 8-0 shellacking over the Islanders in Game 5.

    Advice: The two-goal effort gives Killorn eight in the post-season to go with eight assists as he picked up a helper on Steven Stamkos' opening goal of the game. It has been a great playoff for Killorn who is tied for fourth in NHL scoring with teammate Victor Hedman. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:06 pm
     
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy shuts out the Islanders 8-0
    Andrei Vasilevskiy turned aside all 21 shots in the Lightning's 8-0 win over the New York Islanders.

    Advice: There was not a lot for Vasilevskiy to do as the Lightning dominated from start to finish. The win gives Vasilevskiy an 11-5 record with a 2.05 GAA and a .936 save percentage. Vasilevskiy is 12-0 in the last two playoff seasons when the Lightning are coming off a loss as well as going 5-0 this season. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:02 pm
  • Erik Cernak (upper body) sits out Game 5 vs NYI
    Erik Cernak (upper body) won't play in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals on Monday against the New York Islanders. 

    Advice: Cernak was on the ice for the pregame warmups and it appeared as though he was fine to play, but that won't be the case and Luke Schenn will replace him on Tampa Bay's defense corps. Coach Jon Cooper thought that Cernak would be available to play earlier today despite being banged up in Games 3 and 4. However, he was ruled out after warmups. Consider him day-to-day for now with what the team is calling an upper-body injury.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 5:03 pm
     
  • Luke Schenn will draw in on Monday in Game 5
    Luke Schenn will be in the lineup on Monday in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals against the New York Islanders. 

    Advice: Schenn took part in the pregame warmups and he will replace Erik Cernak in the lineup. He has skated in six games this postseason, but he hasn't played since June 3 back in the second round against Carolina.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 4:43 pm
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy gets the nod in Game 5 vs. NYI
    Andrei Vasilevskiy will be in goal for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals against the New York Islanders. 

    Advice: Vasilevskiy stopped 27 shots in a 3-2 loss to the Islanders on Saturday in his last outing. He has been excellent following a loss in the playoffs and will look to bounce back again on Monday. Vasilevskiy has a 10-5 record this postseason with a 2.19 goals-against average and .933 save percentage.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 4:39 pm
  • Semyon Varlamov will start Monday in GM 5 vs. TBL
    Semyon Varlamov will be between the pipes for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals against Tampa Bay. 

    Advice: Varlamov is coming off a 3-2 win over the Lightning on Saturday when he stopped 28 shots. He will make a 10th straight start for the Islanders. He has a 6-5 record this postseason with a 2.53 goals-against average and .923 save percentage.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 4:36 pm
  • Semyon Varlamov first goalie off ice at practice
    Semyon Varlamov was the first goaltender off the ice at practice Monday.

    Advice: That should mean that Varlamov will get the start in goal for the Islanders Monday as they try and take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup Semifinals. Varlamov is 6-5 with a 2.53 GAA and  a .923 save percentage in the playoffs after winning Saturday 3-2 over Tampa Bay. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:47 am
  • DeBoer says Marc-Andre Fleury needed rest
    Coach Peter DeBoer said that Marc-Andre Fleury was not in net Sunday as he needed some rest.

    Advice: DeBoer said that the miscue on Friday had no bearing on his decision. That makes the decision on who will get the start Tuesday interesting as Lehner was outstanding in the 2-1 overtime win. Fleury is 9-6 with a 1.97 GAA and a .931 save percentage. Stay tuned. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:17 am
  • Erik Cernak likely to play on Monday night
    Coach Jon Cooper said that Erik Cernak should be 'good to go' Monday night.

    Advice: Cernak was on the ice Monday morning for an optional practice. He was hurt once again in Game 4 Saturday but this is the Stanley Cup playoffs, so look for Cernak to be in the Tampa Bay lineup for Game 5 when they take on the New York Islanders.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 7:41 am
     
  • Brayden Point has 26 playoff goals in last 2 years
    Brayden Point has 26 playoff goals in the last two years.

    Advice: Point led the NHL with 14 goals in the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs and already has 12 this season. He is currently on a seven-game goal scoring streak, last done by Claude Lemieux in the 1997 playoffs and is three away from tying Reggie Leach's mark of 10 straight games, done in 1976 when he had 19 goals in only 16 games. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 5:02 am
  • Nikita Kucherov extends points streak to seven
    Nikita Kucherov picked up an assist Saturday to increase his points streak to seven games.

    Advice: Kucherov, who did not play at all in the regular season as he was recovering from off-season hip surgery, has five goals and 24 points in 15 games to lead the playoffs in scoring. Kucherov is a star and should be selected high in the first round in re-draft leagues next season. NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 5:24 am
  • Semyon Varlamov makes 28 saves, Islanders take G4
    Semyon Varlamov saved 28 of 30 shots in a 3-2 win against the Lightning in Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: Varlamov surrendered both goals in the third period after the Islanders established a 3-0 lead. That made the ending more dramatic, but he managed to hang on. He improved to 6-5 with a 2.53 GAA and .923 save percentage in 11 playoff games this year. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 8:17 pm
  • Mathew Barzal nets a goal versus Tampa Bay
    Mathew Barzal scored a goal in a 3-2 victory against Tampa Bay in Game 4.

    Advice: Barzal struggled early in the Islanders' playoff run, but he's scored three goals already in the semifinals. He's up to six goals and 12 points in 16 postseason contests this year. With this win, the Islanders have tied the series at 2-2. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 8:12 pm
  • B. Point extends goal scoring streak to 7 games
    Brayden Point netted a goal in a 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders in Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: Point found the back of the net at 3:45 of the third period to extend his goal scoring streak to seven contests. Tyler Johnson accounted for the Lightning's other goal. Ondrej Palat, Nikita Kucherov, Ryan McDonagh, and Erik Cernak each registered an assist. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 8:07 pm
  • Vasilevskiy allows three goals as TBL fall to NYI
    Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 27 of 30 shots in a 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders in Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: Vasilevskiy ended his run of four straight starts where he allowed two or fewer goals. All of the damage in this contest came in the second period where he allowed three goals on a staggering 17 shots. This defeat tied the series at 2-2. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 8:04 pm
  • Jan Rutta is good to play on Saturday
    Jan Rutta will remain in the lineup for Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: That's not surprising, but the reason why it's being mentioned is because he suffered a stinger during Thursday's game. He's projected to play alongside Victor Hedman Saturday night. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 4:47 pm
     
  • Erik Cernak is set to play Saturday night
    Erik Cernak will be in the lineup for Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: Cernak suffered a stinger during the third period of Thursday's contest, but he was still projected to play Saturday night. Based on the pregame warmups, he should be paired with Ryan McDonagh. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 4:45 pm
     
  • Vasilevskiy will be in net for Game 4 Saturday
    Andrei Vasilevskiy will get the nod in Game 4 Saturday night.

    Advice: No real surprise there given how important Vasilevskiy has been to the Lightning's success. He has a 2.13 GAA and .935 save percentage in 14 playoff starts this year. He played a big role in Game 3 too, stopping 27 of 28 shots in the Lightning's 2-1 victory over the Islanders. New York will once again counter with Semyon Varlamov. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 4:42 pm
  • Semyon Varlamov is expected to start in Game 4
    Semyon Varlamov will play between the pipes in Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: Varlamov led the Islanders out for the pregame warmups. He's 5-5 with a 2.58 GAA and .923 save percentage in 10 postseason games this year. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 4:41 pm
  • Erik Cernak and Jan Rutta good to go in Game 4
    Both Erik Cernak and Jan Rutta are on the ice at practice Saturday and good to go for Saturday night's Game 4.

    Advice: The defensemen each suffered stingers in the third period Thursday and missed the final few minutes of Game 3.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 7:49 am
     
  • Fleury's mistake costs Vegas in Game 3 loss to MTL
    Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 24 shots in Friday's 3-2 overtime loss to Montreal in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals. 

    Advice: The Golden Knights were two minutes away from taking a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series against the Canadiens, but a critical mistake by Fleury led to Montreal tying the game. He misplayed the puck behind the net and it ended up going in front of the net for a gift goal by Josh Anderson. Anderson scored again in overtime to give Vegas a second straight loss. It wouldn't be a surprise if Fleury got a chance to rebound in Game 4 on Sunday.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 8:52 pm
  • Marc-Andre Fleury starts Game 3 against Montreal
    Marc-Andre Fleury will be in the crease for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals against Montreal on Friday. 

    Advice: Fleury stopped 20 shots in a 3-2 loss to the Canadiens on Wednesday. The defeat ended his five-game win streak. Fleury has a 9-5 record this postseason with a 1.92 goals-against average and .923 save percentage.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 4:39 pm
  • Cernak records an assist versus Islanders Thursday
    Erik Cernak contributed an assist in a 2-1 win against the Islanders in Game 3 on Thursday.

    Advice: Cernak is up to seven assists in 14 postseason games this year. That's a big step up from the 2020 playoffs where he finished with four helpers in 25 contests. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 7:06 am
     
  • Nikita Kucherov is on a six-game point streak
    Nikita Kucherov registered an assist in the Lightning's 2-1 victory over the Islanders in Game 3 on Thursday.

    Advice: That extended Kucherov's point streak to six games. He's up to five goals and 23 points in 14 playoff contests this year. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 7:03 am
  • Semyon Varlamov turns aside 23 in Isles loss
    Semyon Varlamov stopped 23-of-25 shots in the Islanders' 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay.

    Advice: Varlamov was strong once again in the Islanders net as he was not to blame for either goal. Varlamov is 5-5 with a 2.58 GAA and a .923 save percentage. Look for the Islanders to go back to Varlamov in Game 4 Saturday night. NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 8:02 pm
  • Brayden Point gets the winner in 2-1 Lightning win
    Brayden Point's 11th goal of the playoffs with 17.4 seconds left in the second period was the game-winner as the Lightning defeated the New York Islanders 2-1.

    Advice: Point now has a goal in six straight games as he is moving to the top of the leaderboard as far as Conn Smythe Trophy consideration is concerned. Point's goal was scored as he was falling onto his stomach as it somehow found its way between the legs of defenseman Andy Greene and past Semyon Varlamov and into the net. Point has 15 points in the post-season and has scored three game-winners as well as six goals on the power play. He is a star. NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 7:49 pm
  • Vasilevskiy stops 27 as Bolts take 2-1 series lead
    Andrei Vasilevskiy was outstanding, stopping 27-of-28 shots to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 2-1 win over the Islanders.

    Advice: The win gives the Lightning a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series and Vasilevskiy was spectacular as usual, outdueling Semyon Varlamov who was almost as good. Vasilevskiy is 10-4 and leads all netminders in wins in the Stanley Cup playoffs. He has a 2.13 GAA and a .935 save percentage. He was named the NHL's top goaltender by the NHLPA on Thursday and was full value for the honor in Game 3. NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 7:43 pm
  • Semyon Varlamov starts Game 3 against Tampa Bay
    Semyon Varlamov will be between the pipes in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals on Thursday against Tampa Bay. 

    Advice: Varlamov surrendered four goals on 27 shots in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Lightning. The loss snapped his four-game win streak. Varlamov has a 5-4 record this postseason with a 2.64 goals-against average and .923 save percentage.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 4:41 pm
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy will start Game 3 vs. Islanders
    Andrei Vasilevskiy will get the nod in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals against the New York Islanders. 

    Advice: Vasilevskiy stopped 24 shots in a 4-2 win over the Islanders on Tuesday. He has a record of 9-4 this postseason with a 2.21 goals-against average and .933 save percentage.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 4:37 pm
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy NHL's top goalie in player poll
    The NHLPA has voted Andrei Vasilevskiy as the league's top netminder.

    Advice: Vasilevskiy picked up 54.12 percent of the vote while Marc-Andre Fleury finished second at 8.88. Carey Price was just behind Fleury at 8.25 percent while Connor Hellebuyck was fourth and Tuukka Rask fifth. NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 8:39 am
  • Marc-Andre Fleury's win streak snapped by Montreal
    Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 20 shots in a 3-2 loss to Montreal in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals on Wednesday. 

    Advice: Fleury closed the door on some early chances by the Canadiens in Game 1 of the series on Monday and allowed his teammates to build up a lead. That didn't happen on Wednesday, as Montreal scored two goals on 12 shots in the first period. Paul Byron avoided Fleury's poke check attempt late in the second period to give the Canadiens a 3-0 lead and that held up as the game winner following a late comeback try by the Golden Knights. The defeat ends Fleury's five-game win streak and he will look to rebound on the road in Game 3 on Friday. The best-of-seven series is tied at 1-1.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 9:28 pm
  • Marc-Andre Fleury set to start Wednesday in Game 2
    Marc-Andre Fleury was the first goalie of the ice at the morning skate, which puts him in line for seventh straight start on Wednesday night against Montreal. 

    Advice: Fleury has won his last five outings and he made 28 saves in a 4-1 victory over the Canadiens in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals on Monday. He has a 9-4 record this postseason with a 1.84 goals-against average and .927 save percentage.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 10:44 am
  • Blake Coleman halts five-game pointless skid
    Blake Coleman halted his five-game pointless skid on Tuesday in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals against the New York Islanders.

    Advice: Coleman picked up an assist on a goal by Jan Rutta, which held up as the game winner, in the third period of a 4-2 victory. He was also credited with five hits in the match. Coleman has one goal, which was scored in the postseason opener, and five points in 13 playoff contests this year.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 10:02 am
  • Brayden Point scores in fifth straight game
    Brayden Point has a five-game goal scoring streak.

    Advice: Point opened the scoring Tuesday , getting the puck over Semyon Varlamov in a 4-2 win over the Islanders. Point leads all NHLers with 10 playoff goals and has chipped in with four assists as well, in 13 games. Point is  tied for fourth overall with 14 points in playoff scoring with teammate Steven Stamkos, trailing Nikita Kucherov who has 22. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 6:05 am
  • Ondrej Palat scores third of the playoffs
    Ondrej Palat scored his third of the playoffs Tuesday.

    Advice: The goal was not without controversy as the Lightning had seven men on the ice, something that was not detected by the officials. Palat has six points in 13 games in the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs to date after a 15 goal, 46 point regular season in 55 contests. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 6:01 am
  • Jan Rutta scores first of the post-season
    Jan Rutta's first ever playoff goal was the game-winner in the Lightning's 4-2 win over the New York Islanders Tuesday.

    Advice: Rutta's goal was his first point in 13 Stanley Cup playoff games this season as well as his first goal of the season as he had eight assists in 35 regular season games. Rutta had three shots on goal in 11:36 of action Tuesday. Don't expect much more the rest of the way offensively from Rutta. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 6:00 am
     
  • Semyon Varlamov pulled by a spotter
    Semyon Varlamov was pulled from Tuesday's game by a spotter after a collision with Brayden Point.

    Advice: Point barreled into Varlamov after he was cross-checked by Adam Pelech and had no time to avoid the Islanders netminder. A spotter determined that Varlamov may have suffered a head injury and took him out of the game but upon review by doctor's, Varlamov was allowed to return and finish the contest. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 5:20 am
  • Vasilevskiy, Lightning top Islanders in Game 2
    Andrei Vasilevskiy saved 24 of 26 shots in a 4-2 win against the Islanders in Game 2 on Tuesday.

    Advice: One of the two goals Vasilevskiy allowed was scored during an Islanders' power play. He improved to 9-4 with a 2.21 GAA and .933 save percentage in 13 postseason games this year. With this victory, the semifinals series has been evened at 1-1. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 8:12 pm
  • Kucherov leads Lightning past Islanders with 3A
    Nikita Kucherov registered three assists in a 4-2 victory over the Islanders in Game 2 Tuesday night.

    Advice: Kucherov extended his point streak to five contests. He's up to five goals and 22 points in 13 playoff games this year. He's running away with the postseason scoring race, especially given that Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon and Boston's David Pastrnak have been eliminated from the playoffs. Thanks in part to Kucherov's efforts on Tuesday, the series has been evened. Game 3 will be played Thursday night. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 8:00 pm
  • Mathew Barzal scores again, but the Islanders lose
    Mathew Barzal found the back of the net in a 4-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

    Advice: Barzal is up to five goals and 11 points in 14 playoff contests this year. The Islanders' other goal was netted by Brock Nelson. Jordan Eberle and Nick Leddy each registered an assist for New York. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 7:53 pm
  • Lightning solve Semyon Varlamov on Tuesday
    Semyon Varlamov stopped 23 of 27 shots in a 4-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 2 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Varlamov stopped 10 of 11 shots in the first period before he was in a collision with Brayden Point and pulled from the game. Ilya Sorokin stepped in for the final 6:50 minutes of the frame and saved the six shots he faced. Varlamov came back for the start of the second and played the rest of the way. Overall, it was a rough start for Varlamov and given that Islanders coach Barry Trotz hasn't been afraid to switch up his goaltending in the 2021 playoffs, it will be interesting to see who starts in Game 3. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 7:50 pm
  • Luke Schenn isn't in the lineup on Tuesday
    Luke Schenn is a healthy scratch for Game 2 of the Lightning's series against the Islanders.

    Advice: Schenn was last in the lineup on June 3. He has no points in six playoff games this year. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 4:54 pm
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy is expected to start on Tuesday
    Andrei Vasilevskiy will play between the pipes in Game 2 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Vasilevskiy led the Lightning to the ice for the pregame warmups. He has an 8-4 record, 2.23 GAA, and .934 save percentage in 12 starts this year. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 4:34 pm
  • Semyon Varlamov is expected to start Tuesday night
    Semyon Varlamov is expected to start Tuesday night.

    Advice: Varlamov was the first goaltender off the ice following the morning skate, which is usually a good indicator of who the starter will be. Not that it's any surprise that Varlamov is set to start. He has a 5-3 record, 2.43 GAA, and .930 save percentage in eight playoff starts this year. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 8:52 am
  • Marc-Andre Fleury outstanding in Game 1 vs. Habs
    Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 28 of 29 shots in a 4-1 victory against Montreal in Game 1.

    Advice: It was yet another amazing performance from Fleury in the 2021 playoffs. The only goal he allowed in this contest was scored during a Canadiens power play. He improved to 9-4 with a 1.84 GAA and .927 save percentage in 13 playoff starts this year. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 9:02 pm
  • Marc-Andre Fleury set to start Monday in Game 1
    Marc-Andre Fleury was the first goalie off the ice at the morning skate, which puts him in line to start Monday in Game 1 against Montreal. 

    Advice: Fleury has been the goalie of choice for Vegas during his playoff run, so it is not surprising that he would get the nod in the team's series opener of the Stanley Cup Semifinals. He has a record of 8-4 this postseason with a 1.91 goals-against average and .923 save percentage.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Jun 14, 11:53 am
  • Nikita Kucherov stretches point spree to 4 games
    Nikita Kucherov earned an assist in a 2-1 loss to the New York Islanders on Sunday in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals. 

    Advice: Kucherov posted a helper on Brayden Point's power-play goal in the final minute of the third period. He has two goals and five helpers over a four-game point streak. Kucherov currently ranks first in the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs with 14 assists and 19 points in 12 appearances.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Jun 13, 4:21 pm
  • Alex Killorn extends point streak to five games
    Alex Killorn picked up an assist in Sunday's 2-1 loss to the New York Islanders in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals. 

    Advice: Killorn has two goals and three helpers during a five-game point streak. He had the primary helper on Brayden Point's power-play goal in Sunday's defeat. Killorn also had a team-high four shots on target and he was credited with four hits over 20:28 of ice time. He has been excellent in the postseason with six goals and 13 points in 12 contests.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Jun 13, 3:20 pm
     
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy allows two goals in Game 1 loss
    Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 29 of 31 shots in Sunday's 2-1 loss to the New York Islanders in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals. 

    Advice: Vasilevskiy was superb in the first period when he turned aside all 14 shots he faced. The Islanders were able to score just past the midway mark of the second stanza after Mathew Barzal took advantage of a partial breakaway. Vasilevskiy was beat by a point shot from Ryan Pulock early in the third period on a goal that he would probably want back. That ended up being the game winner after Brayden Point scored in the final minute of regulation time. Vasilevskiy will look to rebound in Game 2 on Tuesday night.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Jun 13, 3:05 pm
  • Mathew Barzal opens scoring in Game 1 win vs. TBL
    Mathew Barzal found the back of the net in a 2-1 win against Tampa Bay on Sunday in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals. 

    Advice: Barzal opened the scoring at the 12:32 mark of the second period after he was sprung for a partial breakaway by Josh Bailey. He has scored all four of his goals this postseason in the past five games. Barzal has been held off the scoresheet once in the last six games, while adding three assists during that span along with the goals. He posted three shots and one hit across 15:02 of ice time in Game 1 against the Lightning.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Jun 13, 2:55 pm
  • Brayden Point scores late in Game 1 loss to NYI
    Brayden Point scored a goal in Sunday's 2-1 loss to the New York Islanders in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals. 

    Advice: Point's league-leading ninth goal of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs came in the final minute of the third period during a Tampa Bay power play. However, it was too little too late for the Lightning, as the Islanders took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Alex Killorn and Nikita Kucherov earned assists on Tampa Bay's lone goal of the match. Point has four markers and two assists during a four-game point streak. The Lightning will look to bounce back in Game 2 at home on Tuesday.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Jun 13, 2:41 pm
  • Lightning to use same lineup in Game 1 vs. NYI
    Coach Jon Cooper said the Lightning lineup won't feature any changes in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals from the team's last game. 

    Advice: That means Luke Schenn will be among the scratches for the Lightning in the series opener against the New York Islanders. He has skated in six games during this postseason. Mathieu Joseph, Mitchell Stephens and Alex Barre-Boulet will also be in the press box on Sunday.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Jun 13, 11:01 am
  • Marc-Andre Fleury looking forward to facing Habs
    Marc-Andre Fleury will be up against his hometown team in the semifinals.

    Advice: Fleury did face Montreal before in the playoffs and he struggled with a .892 save percentage in that series, but that was back in 2010, so he's a much different, far more experienced goaltender now. “A young goaltender just getting into the league or early in his career, for sure, that situation can be overwhelming,” coach Pete DeBoer said. “You’ve got an experienced guy that’s got multiple Stanley Cups. He’s been in these situations before. For me, that’s not a concern. He’s more than prepared to deal with all that.” For his part, Fleury is looking forward to it. He noted that he won't be able to visit family or friends during this trip to Montreal, but he expects the series against Montreal to be an intense and fun one. He's going into this series with a 1.91 GAA and .923 save percentage in 12 starts this year. NBCSportsEDGE.com Jun 12, 9:28 pm
  • Point leads NHL in playoff goals over last 4 years
    Brayden Point leads the NHL in playoff goals over the last four seasons with 30.

    Advice: That's an impressive amount and he will have his chance to add to the lead in the semi-finals as the Lightning face the New York Islanders. “He’s up there with some of the best players in the National Hockey League,” said Islanders coach Barry Trotz. “He’s underrated, in my opinion. Brayden is one of those players that thrives (in big moments). He’s a big-game player that doesn’t get enough credit.” Point has eight goals and 12 points in 11 games and his eight goals are tied for the league-lead with Brad Marchand and Nathan MacKinnon, both of whom have already been eliminated. NBCSportsEDGE.com Jun 12, 7:43 am
  • Nikita Kucherov did not enjoy his rehab
    Nikita Kucherov did not enjoy his rehabbing from hip surgery.

    Advice: Kucherov, who is attempting to go back-to-back as the playoff scoring leader as he had 34 points last season and leads the NHL with 18 points after the first two rounds, did not play at all in the regular season after undergoing hip surgery on December 29. "I had to go to the gym every day, and I hated it," Kucherov said. "I do the same stuff every day. It's really annoying. You get down on yourself sometimes. You want to go out there and play. Instead, you're going to the gym and doing this rehab stuff. It was tough. I got home from the game, guys are feeling good and I've got, tomorrow's the same thing. I don't get excited. I was trying to find a way to stay positive. Being with my family a little bit, seeing my son grow, that helped me a lot too to get away from the game a little bit and from thinking too much of it. It wasn't easy. But I think I got a lot stronger mentally and I understand what it takes to go through it." Whatever he needed to do, Kucherov is back to being 100 percent and capable of leading the Lightning to another Stanley Cup. NBCSportsEDGE.com Jun 12, 5:44 am
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