Vasilevskiy will start Tuesday in Montreal.
Vasilevskiy surrendered three goals on 28 shots in the Lightning’s win in Toronto last Thursday. Curtis McElhinney has started two of the last three games, so there’s no surprise that they will go with Vasilevskiy in Montreal. The 25-year-old has won two of his first three starts and was 3-0-0 with a 2.00 GAA, .935 SV% and one shutout vs. the Canadiens last season.
McElhinney led the Lightning onto the ice for warmups.
McElhinney gave up four goals on 44 shots in the Lightning’s 4-3 overtime loss in Carolina last Sunday. It was a solid debut for the veteran netminder, who is an obvious must-stream this afternoon in Ottawa. Dating back to the start of last season, McElhinney is 9-5-2 in his last 16 road starts.
Vasilevskiy will start Thursday in Toronto.
Vasilevskiy gave up four goals on 28 shots in the Lightning’s loss in Florida last Saturday. Curtis McElhinney made his season debut on Sunday, so Vasilevskiy comes into Thursday’s game very well-rested. The 25-year-old was 16-4-2 with a 2.48 GAA, .923 SV% and three shutouts on the road last year and was 3-1-0 with a 1.77 GAA and .949 SV% vs. the Maple Leafs.
Point (hip) will make his season debut on Thursday.
The Lightning have assigned Gemel Smith to Syracuse (AHL).
Smith had one goal and four PIMS during 9:10 ATOI in his first three games with the Lightning. This roster move suggests that Brayden Point (hip) is ready to make his season debut on Thursday.
McElhinney leads the Lightning onto the ice for warmups.
McElhinney will face his former team right out of the gate. The veteran netminder went 20-11-2 with a 2.58 GAA and .912 SV% in 33 appearances with the Carolina Hurricanes last year. He signed on with Tampa Bay this summer and that will make him an excellent spot-start option on many occasions this season, but this is a tough matchup for his first start of the season.
Vasilevskiy leads the Lightning onto the ice for warmups.
Vasilevskiy stopped 35 of 37 shots in the Lightning’s 5-2 win over the Panthers on Thursday. It was just another day at the office for the 25-year-old net minder, who was tied for sixth in the NHL in SV% (.925) last season. Vasilevskiy is 5-1-0 against the Panthers over his last six starts, so roll him out with confidence tonight.
Point (hip) will miss at least two more games.
Point missed the season opener as he recovers from offseason hip surgery and head coach Jon Cooper ruled him out for both games this weekend. Point is expected to be back soon, so monitor his status as the Lightning head into their game in Toronto next Thursday.
Source: Joe Smith 10/4/19, 1:55 pm EST
Vasilevskiy will start the Lightning's season opener vs. Florida.
Vasilevskiy will begin his Vezina Trophy defence with an opening start vs. the Panthers. Vasilevskiy is the favourite to lead the NHL in wins this season, after doing so each of the last two seasons. In those two years, Vasilevskiy posted a 2.52 GAA and .922 SV%. He stopped 42 of 43 shots in a 2-1 shootout win in the opener vs. Florida last season.
Johnson (undisclosed) will play Thursday vs. the Panthers.
Johnson will get a huge opportunity early in the season, as he’s set to centre Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov on Thursday. Johnson skated between the dynamic duo on Wednesday and will also skate on the top power-play unit while Brayden Point is sidelined.
Source: Bryan Burns 10/2/19, 1:29 pm EST
Hedman (undisclosed) will play in the Lightning’s season opener on Thursday.
Hedman was listed as day-to-day on Monday but was always trending towards playing in the season opener. Hedman is coming off of 54 points (12G / 42A) last season and will skate with Kevin Shattenkirk at 5v5 and anchor the top power-play unit.
Source: Bryan Burns 10/2/19, 1:27 pm EST
Johnson (undisclosed) is day-to-day but expected to play in the season opener.
Johnson missed Monday’s practice with the undisclosed injury that he suffered in Saturday’s preseason game, but head coach Jon Cooper is “hopeful” that he will play on Thursday. Monitor Johnson’s status over the next few days, but the sudden return of Brayden Point decreases Johnson’s fantasy value.
Lightning are “hopeful” that Hedman will play on opening night.
Hedman missed Monday’s practice as “maintenance” but head coach Jon Cooper believes his star defenseman will be able to play in the season opener. Hedman is coming off of a 54-point (12G / 42A) season, where he only skated in 70 games.
Point (hip) returned to practice on Monday.
Point was not expected to be ready for the season opener, but he was a full participant in Monday’s practice and centred the top-line with Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov. This doesn’t necessarily mean Point will be ready for Thursday, but the possibility of him playing is looking more and more likely.
Paquette (arm) is questionable for the Lightning’s season opener.
Paquette took a big hit from Riley Stillman in Saturday’s preseason game and was seen leaving the arena with his arm in a sling. His status for Thursday’s opener is obviously in question, which leaves Gemel Smith to start the season as Tampa Bay’s fourth-line centre.
Source: Joe Smith 09/30/19, 10:57 am EST
Point (hip) is not expected to play until late-October.
Point underwent hip surgery in the offseason and is not expected to be ready for the start of the 2019-20 season. Lightning GM Julien BriseBois said he expects his second-line centre to return in late-October.
The Lightning have re-signed Brayden Point to a three-year contract worth $20.25 million ($6.75M AAV).
Point is coming off of a breakout campaign, having scored 41 goals with 51 assists (92 points) in 79 games. Point can expect some regression in 2020, after shooting 21.5 percent last year but ranks tied for eighth in goals (73) and tied for 22nd in points (158) over the last two seasons.
The Lightning have signed Patrick Maroon to a one-year, $900,000 contract.
Maroon returned to his hometown in 2019, scoring 10 goals with 18 assists (28 points) in 74 games with the Blues. He went on to have a decent postseason but won a Stanley Cup and now signs on with the 2020 preseason favorites to win the Cup. Maroon will have a really hard time cracking the Lighting’s top-6, but he will solidify their bottom-6 and second power-play unit.
The Lightning have signed Kevin Shattenkirk to a one-year contract worth $1.75 million.
Shattenkirk was bought out by the Rangers and the Lightning quickly signed the right-handed defenseman to a one-year deal. Shattenkirk’s two seasons in New York were forgettable, but he should settle into a sheltered third-pairing role with PP time in Tampa Bay. He may no longer be the player capable of posting 56 points like he did in 2017, but Shattenkirk should be able to get back to 35-plus points in 2020.
The Rangers have bought out Kevin Shattenkirk.
The Rangers signed Shattenkirk to a four-year, $26.6M deal ($6.65M AAV) in 2017 and have bought out the final two-years of his contract. Shattenkirk had just 23 points and 28 points in his first two seasons with the Rangers and the additions of right-handed, offensive-defensemen Jacob Trouba and Adam Fox made Shattenkirk expendable.