Can anyone dethrone the Lightning as kings of the East?

Jared Clinton
Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrate a win. (Gerry Thomas/Getty Images)

Last night’s game in Montreal was a battle between the two top teams, at least in terms of points, in the Eastern Conferece. What was thought would be a heated battle between two teams struggling for supremacy in the East was, simply put, a beatdown.

While the score was only 4-2, the Lightning dominated possession to the tune of a 61.5 percent Corsi For at even strength. According to WarOnIce, Tampa Bay out-chanced the Montreal nearly two-to-one, registering 25 legitimate scoring opportunities to Montreal’s 13 while playing 5-on-5. And the thing is, this isn’t the only game the Lightning have dominated like this in 2014-15. It won’t be the last, either. Read more

Return of Duclair and Draisaitl shakes up the Memorial Cup race

Quebec's Anthony Duclair  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

You can debate whether or not the Edmonton Oilers were right to hold rookie center Leon Draisaitl out of the world juniors, where he would have been far and away Germany’s best player. And you can debate whether or not he should have been kept up by the Oilers as long as he was before they sent him back to junior in the Western League. But the trade that sent his rights (and consequently, him) to Kelowna from Prince Albert is huge in the WHL’s arms race. Just as big as the New York Rangers sending Anthony Duclair back to the Quebec Remparts.

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Lightning defenseman Gudas sidelined four months with knee injury

Jared Clinton
Radko Gudas. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

In the midst of a dream season on a team that will surely compete for the Stanley Cup, Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Radko Gudas will be forced to the sidelines with a knee injury.

The knee, which he had arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday morning, will keep Gudas watching for the next four months, which would put him in line for a return come playoffs. The Lightning have had outstanding injury luck this season, but they’ll need to look to Syracuse to shore up their blueline with Gudas out of the lineup. Read more

Steven Stamkos waits, circles, scores highlight reel goal

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Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

Steven Stamkos is the kind of superstar that can make other team’s stars look silly. Take his goal on Sunday night, for example.

The Tampa Bay Lightning sniper picked up a puck on the right wing and was met by Ottawa Senators center Kyle Turris. Turris gave chase to Stamkos, who circled behind the net, wove through a few defenders, waited out goaltender Robin Lehner, and tucked the puck into the back of the net. Read more

Top 10 shootout goals of 2014: Gagner’s hands reign supreme

Sam Gagner shootout winner

There’s speculation that the 2014-15 season may be the final year in which the shootout is a big part of regular season NHL contests.

With a push coming for extending overtime in order to eliminate the need for the shootout, it’s going to make the shootout specialist a lot less common and, in turn, could make top 10 lists such as this extinct in the future.

So, while we still can, here are the top 10 shootout goals of 2014: Read more

Nikita Kucherov gets full-ice stretch pass, dekes out Fleury for beautiful goal

Jared Clinton
NikitaKucherov

The Lightning are favorites in the Eastern Conference, and if this is the kind of offense you can expect to see from Tampa Bay, it’s easy to see why.

After Tyler Johnson scored a pair of goals in the first period, the Lightning didn’t waste any time getting out to a 3-0 lead. With less than a minute gone in the second period, winger Nikita Kucherov took a beautiful stretch pass from Matthew Carle and made no mistake on the breakaway. Read more

Tyler Johnson having a star-making season in Tampa Bay

Jared Clinton
Tyler Johnson

It used to just be the Steven Stamkos show in Tampa Bay, but the Lightning’s Tyler Johnson is making the NHL take notice.

Johnson, 24, is having the kind of season that is showing his Calder Trophy nomination last season was no fluke. With more than half the season remaining, the diminutive center is on pace to increase his point total from last season by more than 30 points. Read more