Description: Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman is expected to miss 4-6 weeks due to a broken hand, according to Bob McKenzie. He was injured blocking a shot in the game against Vancouver on Saturday.
Insight: Hedman normally is paired with Anton Stralman, but Matthew Carle will likely take that spot. His points production (seven in five games, including five on the power play) will be missed by fantasy owners.
Description: Lightning center Steven Stamkos had two goals and an assist on Saturday against the Canucks.
Insight: Stamkos set the tone with a goal in the first minute of the game. Vancouver answered, but Stamkos responded right back with his second goal about a minute after the Canucks tied the game at one. Stamkos is second in the league with five goals.
Description: Center Steven Stamkos came to life on Monday night.
Insight: After going goalless in the first two games of the season, Stamkos recorded a hat trick before the end of the second period. He also had a +1 rating and a ridiculous 12 shots on goal, in Tampa Bay's route over Montreal.
Description: Lightning right winger Ryan Callahan is a must-start on Saturday.
Insight: Callahan was skating alongside Steven Stamkos and Ondrej Palat, taking the place of Tyler Johnson on the top line. Johnson was paired with Valteri Filppula and Alex Killorn. If Callahan skates with Stamkos and Palat in the game against the Senators on Saturday, then he must be in the lineup.
Description: Lightning goalie Ben Bishop stopped 19-of-21 shots and had the game-winning assist against the Panthers on opening night.
Insight: Bishop came out of the crease on a Panthers clear and passed the puck up ice to defenseman Victor Hedman. He had a wide open lane because the Panthers were in a line change, and Hedman scored to win the game. Bishop looked great in his first real action since early April. Bishop missed the playoffs with an injury.
Description: Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman scored a game-winning, power-play goal in overtime against the Panthers Thursday.
Insight: The Panthers had just cleared the puck but Lightning goal Ben Bishop came out of the crease and passed the puck up ice while Florida was in a line change. Hedman quickly gained the zone and snapped a shot passed Roberto Luongo to win, 3-2. Hedman also had an assist in the game.
Description: Lightning winger Jonathan Drouin is expected to make team once he returns from a thumb injury, which won't be in time for the season opener.
Insight: The third overall pick of the 2013 draft is dealing with fracture, which should keep him sidelined for another 1-2 weeks. As of now Drouin is penciled in, as the left wing on Tampa's top line. If he is able to stay there, Drouin holds major sleeper potential.
Description: Lightning center Valtteri Filppula looks to build off a strong 2013-14 season.
Insight: In his first season in Tampa Bay, Filppula produced 25 goals and 33 assists. He should be able to at least duplicate those numbers, and as a result should be taken starting around the 15th round of your drafts.
Description: Lightning center/winger Alex Killorn will start the season on Tampa Bay's second line.
Insight: He is expected to start at left wing this year, and after coming off a 41-point season, will have a chance to improve upon those numbers. However, Killorn holds nothing more, than sleeper potential.
Description: Center Steven Stamkos debuted Friday night againstthe Stars.
Insight: He managed an assist in a 6-3 win, and seems to completely healthy, after suffering a broken leg last season. Assuming Stamkos stays on the ice, he should be looking at another 50-goal, 90-point season. Stamkos should go later than the third overall pick in drafts.
Description: Lightning winger Jonathan Drouin is expected to make team once he returns from a thumb injury.
Insight: The third overall pick of the 2013 draft is dealing with fracture, which should keep him sidelined for another 2-3 weeks. As of now Drouin is penciled in, as the left wing on Tampa's top line. If he is able to stay there, Drouin holds major sleeper potential.
Description: Tampa Bay right wing Ryan Callahan is keeping his options open in free agency. SOURCE: St. Petersburg Times
Insight: The Lightning have already approached Callahan about a new contract but he wants to see what other offers are out there before making a decision. Callahan (17 goals, 19 assists in 65 appearances) was traded for Martin St. Louis at this year's trade deadline.
Description: Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat recorded two points (one goal, one assist) in Tuesday's season-ending loss to Montreal.
Insight: Tampa Bay was eliminated after just four games. Palat had a tremendous rookie season, generating 23 goals and 36 assists in 81 regular season contests. He'll be a top pick in next year's fantasy draft.
Description: Center Steven Stamkos is probable for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Tuesday against Montreal after taking an accidental knee to the head in Game 3.
Insight: Stamkos came back into the game in the third period after the incident. He's a point-a-game superstar with four points in three games in this series and 40 points in 37 games during the regular season.
Description: Tampa Bay defenseman Sami Salo (upper body) is questionable for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Tuesday against Montreal.
Insight: The 39-year-old defenseman missed Sunday's game even after skating in the morning, so he must be close to returning. He posted 17 points in 71 games during the regular season, but was scoreless in the first two games of the series with the Canadiens.
Description: Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop has already been ruled out for Tuesday's Game 4 in Montreal. SOURCE: Montreal Gazette
Insight: The Lightning are facing elimination and will have to do it without Bishop (37-14-7, 2.23 GAA), who injured his elbow on April 8th and hasn't appeared in a game since. Anders Lindback will start in his place.
Description: Lightning center Valtteri Filppula (lower body) is uncertain to play in Game 1 of the playoffs against the Canadiens, according to the Tampa Tribune.
Insight: Filppula (25 G, 33 A) suffered a lower-body injury last Thursday against the Flyers and sat out the regular season finale. He finished with a career-high 25 goals to go with 33 assists (58 points) and 131 SOG in 75 games.
Description: Lightning rookie winger Ondrej Palat (upper body) missed the regular season finale on Sunday and is questionable for the start of the postseason, according to the Tampa Tribune.
Insight: Palat didn't miss a game all season until Sunday. The 23-year-old had 23 goals, 36 assists (59 points) and a +32 rating. In a typical season that production would have won him the Calder Trophy, but Nathan MacKinnon was slightly better.
Description: Lightning center Valtteri Filppula (lower body) missed Sunday's regular season finale.
Insight: Filppula (25 G, 33 A) suffered a lower-body injury Thursday against the Flyers. He's scored just one point in five games this month after producing 16 in March and will finish with a career-high 25 goals, 58 points and 131 SOG in 75 games.
Description: Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (upper body) will not play again in the regular season, according to nhl.com.
Insight: Bishop is in the running for the Vezina Trophy after going 37-14-7 with a 2.23 GAA and a .924 SV% this season, but he sustained an upper-body injury Tuesday. Anders Lindback will start until Bishop is ready to return.
Description: Tampa Bay netminder Anders Lindback saved all 25 shots he faced Tuesday in a win against Toronto.
Insight: Lindback wasn't credited with the shutout because Ben Bishop started the game. If Bishop's upper-body injury is still an issue on Thursday, Lindback (6-12-2, 3.11 GAA) would make his 17th start of the season against the Flyers.
Description: Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman had a goal and two assists Tuesday against Toronto.
Insight: Hedman has produced six points over his last four games and 16 in his last 20. The 23-year-old former second overall pick has broken out with 13 goals and 53 points in his fifth professional season.
Description: Teddy Purcell sparked the Lightning with two goals Thursday in a win over Ottawa.
Insight: Victor Hedman and Tyler Johnson assisted on both goals. The seven shots Purcell attempted were his most since November 21st against San Jose. The victory stretches Tampa Bay's winning streak to five games.
Description: Lightning center Steven Stamkos needed a little less than two periods to record his seventh career hat trick Wednesday against the Maple Leafs.
Insight: That gives Stamkos five goals since his return from a fractured tibia. After losing three straight following the departure of Martin St. Louis (traded to the Rangers), Tampa Bay has now won four in a row.
Description: After handing out six assists over his previous three games, Lightning center Valtteri Filppula did some scoring of his own Monday, picking up one of Tampa Bay's four goals in a win over the Canucks.
Insight: Filppula has a five-game points streak going. The 29-year-old is up to 49 points in 63 games, and next goal will tie a career high in that category.
Description: Ben Bishop wasn't letting anything get past him Saturday in a win against New Jersey.
Insight: The Lightning netminder stopped all 23 shots that came his way. He now has five shutouts, second-most behind Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask. Bishop should be in action again Monday versus Vancouver.
Description: Lightning center Valtteri Filppula was in a giving mood Thursday, handing out three assists.
Insight: Filppula has come up with five points in his last three games and 46 points in 61 games this season. A broken ankle prevented the 29-year-old from challenging his career high of 66 points, set in 2011-12, but he already has the second highest points total of his career.
Description: Lightning rookie winger Ondrej Palat has contributed six points (three goals) in his last three games.
Insight: Palat is in a spirited competition with teammate Tyler Johnson for second place in scoring among rookies (Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon leads the field with 51). Palat has 43 points to Johnson's 42.
Description: Ondrej Palat was involved in all three Tampa Bay goals Monday in a loss to Phoenix.
Insight: Palat (17 goals, 25 assists) scored two goals of his own and assisted on another. The six shots Palat fired on net were more than he had in his previous three games combined (four). The Lightning have now lost four straight.
Description: Tampa Bay center Steven Stamkos came out of Thursday's game without incident and should be ready to go Saturday.
Insight: Stamkos missed 45 games with a broken tibia. Stamkos is one of the top players in the NHL and will be able to produce with anyone, but it certainly doesn't help that he won't have St. Louis as a linemate. He played on a line with Teddy Purcell and Alex Killorn for most of Thursday.
Description: Tampa Bay defenseman Radko Gudas is not expected to play Saturday due to a left leg injury.
Insight: Gudas left Sunday's game in the second period. He tried to skate before the third period but was unable to do so. His fantasy value is in the 122 penalty minutes he's amassed and not so much in the 16 points (2 goals) and 89 SOG.
Description: Tampa Bay defenseman Radko Gudas is not expected to play Thursday due to a left leg injury.
Insight: Gudas left Sunday's game in the second period. He tried to skate before the third period but was unable to do so. His fantasy value is in the 122 penalty minutes he's amassed and not so much in the 16 points (2 goals) and 89 SOG.
Description: Tampa Bay center Steven Stamkos met with doctors Wednesday and was given medical clearance to return to action Thursday against the Sabres. SOURCE: Stamkos' official Twitter
Insight: Stamkos missed 45 games with a broken tibia. He'll return to a changed landscape in Tampa Bay, as the Lightning traded longtime forward Martin St. Louis to the New York Rangers for Ryan Callahan on Wednesday. Stamkos is one of the top players in the NHL and will be able to produce with anyone, but it certainly doesn't help that he won't have St. Louis as a linemate.
Description: Lightning center Valtteri Filppula (ankle) should be able to play during Tampa Bay's four-game road trip, according to a St. Petersburg Times report.
Insight: Filppula was hoping to return Thursday after suffering a fractured ankle on Feb. 6, but he was still too sore. The 29-year-old had at least nine points in each of the first four months this season and has 41 points in 56 games this season. He's a must start when he finally returns.
Description: Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis scored a pair of goals Thursday, bringing him to 27 on the season.
Insight: St. Louis is on pace for his highest goal total since putting up 43 in 2006-27 and he's also generated 31 assists. He's shown he can still put up numbers with anyone alongside him, even with Steven Stamkos out of the lineup since Nov. 11, so fantasy owners shouldn't fear a potential trade at the deadline.
Description: Lightning center Valtteri Filppula (ankle) is not ready to return from his fractured ankle, according to tampabay.com.
Insight: Filppula was hoping to return Thursday after suffering a fractured ankle on Feb. 6, but he's still too sore. Coach Jon Cooper said Filppula is day-to-day and expects him to play at some point on the team's four-game road trip. The 29-year-old had at least nine points in each of the first four months this season.
Description: Though Steven Stamkos has already been ruled out for Tampa Bay's upcoming four-game road trip, the team is optimistic about him returning for March 6th's game against Buffalo. SOURCE: Damian Cristodero, Tampa Bay Times
Insight: Stamkos has now missed 41 games with a broken tibia. When healthy, he's one of the most explosive scorers in hockey. Fantasy owners should be preparing for his return.
Description: Lightning center Valtteri Filppula has suffered a fractured ankle and is expected to miss three weeks according to Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune.
Insight: Obviously, Filppula won't be able to compete for Team Finland in the Sochi Olympics. Filppula (20 G, 21 A) has been consistent from month to month and fantasy owners will have a hard time replacing him. He normally plays on a line with Teddy Purcell and Alex Killorn.
Description: Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis will replace the injured Steven Stamkos on Team Canada during the Sochi Olympics.
Insight: What's baffling is that St. Louis wasn't on the team to begin with. The 38-year-old has been as consistent as anyone in hockey this season (54 points in 56 games). St. Louis registered two goals and an assist when he represented Canada at the 2006 Winter Games.
Description: Lightning center Steven Stamkos (leg) will not be able to participate in the 2014 Winter Olympics, according to lightning.nhl.com.
Insight: Stamkos fractured his right tibia on Nov. 11 and had surgery the next day. He underwent a CT Scan Wednesday and wasn't cleared for game participation. Stamkos will be reevaluated in 2-3 weeks.
Description: Lightning goalie Ben Bishop is questionable for Saturday's game due to a head injury, according to tampabay.com.
Insight: Teammate Nikita Kucherov accidentally kicked Bishop in the back of the head when Bishop ventured out of the crease and dove in an attempt to knock the puck away from Mika Zibanejad Thursday night. Anders Lindback (ankle) already has been ruled out, so the Lightning may have to call up two goalies.
Description: Lightning goalie Ben Bishop left Thursday's game against the Senators with an upper-body injury and won't return.
Insight: Teammate Nikita Kucherov appeared to accidentally kick Bishop in the back of the head when Bishop ventured out of the crease and dove in an attempt to knock the puck away from Mika Zibanejad. Bishop remained face down for a minute or so before being helped off the ice.
Description: Lightning center Steven Stamkos wasn't available to practice on Monday, though he doesn't consider the absence to be a setback in his recovery from a broken tibia. SOURCE: St. Petersburg Times
Insight: Stamkos is tentatively scheduled to return sometime next week. Assuming he can stay healthy, Stamkos should be a key player for Team Canada in the upcoming Sochi Olympics.
Description: Lightning center Steven Stamkos (broken tibia) traded in the red non-contact sweater for a limited-contact yellow sweater during Saturday's practice, according to Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune.
Insight: Stamkos (14 G, 9 A in 17 games) suffered a broken right leg on Nov. 11 at Boston. The 23-year-old has been aiming to be ready to play for Team Canada in the 2014 Winter Olympics and should be back in time to play a few games before the Olympics break.
Description: Tampa Bay winger Martin St. Louis is questionable for Thursday's game against Ottawa due to illness.
Insight: St. Louis missed Tuesday's practice, but it will likely take a lot more than an illness, to keep a guy riding an eight-game point streak out of the lineup. He's totaled 50 points in 50 games this season.
Description: Lightning center Steven Stamkos (broken tibia) participated in the morning skate Thursday.
Insight: Stamkos (14 G, 9 A in 17 games) suffered a broken right leg on Nov. 11 at Boston. The 23-year-old said he still hopes to be ready to play on Team Canada for the 2014 Winter Olympics, but wants to play a couple of games before then. His fantasy owners would love to see that.
Description: Lightning goalie Ben Bishop could come off injured reserve Monday night - the first day he's eligible.
Insight: He's missed three games with a sprained wrist. Bishop practiced 20 minutes on Friday. Bishop is 22-5-3, 1.86 GAA with .935 SV%. Anders Lindback has been playing in his spot while he has been on injured reserve.
Description: Lightning center Alex Killorn had three two-point performances in his last six games.
Insight: However, he also had three zero-point games in that span. After scoring a goal and picking up one assist Saturday at Philadelphia, the 24-year-old has 27 points (11 goals) in 45 games this season.
Description: Tampa Bay center Valtteri Filppula had one goal and one assist Saturday against the Flyers.
Insight: Filppula finished December with a flourish, tallying 10 points in his last seven games of the month, and he's followed it up with six points in his first six games of January. He has 18 goals and 36 points in 45 games.
Description: Lightning defenseman J.T. Brown is questionable for Saturday's game against Philadelphia with an upper body injury (shoulder).
Insight: Brown has missed Tampa Bay's last two games, but says its feeling good and could be back in the lineup for the game against the Flyers. He's not a big offensive threat with four goals and four assists in 25 games.
Description: The Lightning have placed goalie Ben Bishop on injured reserve. SOURCE: NHL.com
Insight: He's out with a sprained wrist. The best case scenario is that Bishop (22-5-3, 1.86 GAA, .935 SV%) will be able to return Tuesday versus the Flyers. Anders Lindback got the start in net Thursday against the Capitals.
Description: Lightning center Steven Stamkos (broken tibia) skated by himself for 30 minutes Monday prior to practice, according to tsn.ca. "Probably best I've felt," Stamkos said afterward. "Trying to make sure it feels better each and every time I get on the ice and today was another indication of that, so I am very pleased."
Insight: Stamkos suffered a broken right leg on Nov. 11 at Boston. The 23-year-old said he still hopes to be ready to play on Team Canada for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Description: Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop shut out the Flames with 19 saves Friday night.
Insight: Bishop not making the USA Olympic men's hockey team is a travesty. The Denver native is 22-5-3 with a 1.83 GAA, a .936 SV% and four shutouts this season. He's posted a 1.32 GAA and a .954 SV% in his last 14 games.
Description: Lightning center Steven Stamkos (broken tibia) says being ready to play for Team Canada in the Olympics "is something that is a goal of mine." SOURCE: tampabay.com
Insight: Stamkos suffered a broken right leg on Nov. 11 at Boston. The 23-year-old said he still has some minor pain and swelling, but nothing out of the ordinary. The Sochi Winter Olympics begin Feb. 7, but the hockey tournament doesn't get underway until Feb. 12.
Description: Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman scored a goal and added one helper Saturday against the Hurricanes.
Insight: Hedman has three points in two games since returning from a lower-body injury that kept him out for two weeks. The 23-year-old defenseman now has seven goals, a career high, and 18 points in 30 games.
Description: Lightning blueliner Victor Hedman (lower body) may play Thursday, according to tbo.com.
Insight: The 22-year-old former No. 2 overall pick has 15 points (six goals), 47 SOG and 23 PIM over 28 games this season after producing 20-26 points in each of his first four campaigns. He participated in a full practice Tuesday morning after missing six straight games.
Description: Tampa Bay center Valtteri Filppula scored two goals in regulation and added another during the shootout Tuesday against the Islanders.
Insight: What a night for the 29-year-old. He's done a nice job on the second line with Teddy Purcell and Alex Kilorn, producing 12 goals and 11 helpers in 34 games. Among Lightning forwards, only Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos are averaging more minutes per game than Filppula.
Description: Lightning blueliner Victor Hedman (lower body) is expected to miss at least a week, according to Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune.
Insight: The 22-year-old former No. 2 overall pick has 15 points, 47 SOG and 23 PIM over 28 games this season after producing 20-26 points in each of his first four campaigns. He'll be reevaluated in a week.
Description: Tampa Bay right wing Martin St. Louis scored two goals Thursday against Ottawa.
Insight: St. Louis hasn't been as consistent since Steven Stamkos went down, but he has still notched five goals and 10 points in 11 games without the star center due to three multi-point games (including two three-point games) in that span.
Description: Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop left Tuesday's morning skate after being hit in the hand with a shot. Coach Jon Cooper said he believed Bishop is OK, and Bishop said the same. SOURCE: tampabay.com
Insight: Anders Lindback will start Wednesday, though he was already scheduled to make the start prior to Bishop's injury.
Description: According to tbo.com, Lightning center Steven Stamkos already has begun rehabilitation less than two weeks after undergoing surgery to insert a titanium rod in his right leg to help repair a broken tibia.
Insight: Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman said Friday that Stamkos would be out indefinitely, but it's a good sign that he's already able to move well.
Description: Lightning center Steven Stamkos (broken right tibia) has no timetable for his return.
Insight: "At this point Steven will be out indefinitely," Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman said. Stamkos is one of the league's best offensive weapons (14 G, 9 A in 17 games this season) and fantasy owners can only sit and wait patiently for a concrete schedule.
Description: Lightning center Valtteri Filppula had a big night Thursday in a win over Anaheim.
Insight: He found the net twice while also contributing his seventh assist of the season. With Steven Stamkos out, Filppula has been promoted to Tampa Bay's top line. Playing alongside Martin St. Louis should increase his fantasy value.
Description: Lightning center Steven Stamkos will undergo surgery on his broken right tibia Tuesday morning, according to lightning.nhl.com. He suffered the injury during Monday's game against Boston.
Insight: "At this point Steven will be out indefinitely," Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman said. "The medical staff in Boston, in consultation with our team physicians, has made the decision to surgically repair the injury. The procedure is expected to take place tomorrow morning. The biggest concern for me, and the rest of the Lightning, is that decisions are made in Steven's best long-term interest, and we feel this is the appropriate course of action."
Description: Tampa Bay netminder Ben Bishop is 11-2-0 after another win Saturday over Detroit.
Insight: Bishop has already matched last year's win total with an improved GAA (2.12) and SV% (.927). He's playing batter and so are the guys in front of him. He's tied for most wins with Corey Crawford and this doesn't appear to be just a short-term hot streak, it seems to be a new level of performance.
Description: After posting a -5 differential in Tampa Bay's 5-0 loss to Boston on Oct. 19, Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman scored two points (1 G, 1 A) with three SOG, two PIM and a +2 Friday against Chicago.
Insight: What a turnaround. Hedman, the 2009 No. 2 overall pick, has had four straight 20-point seasons to start his career, but last season's total came in just 44 games and would have amounted to 37 points in an 82-game schedule. The 22-year-old has one goal and five points in the first nine games.