from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
- I’m glad Nazem Kadri has good analytics. I’d be even more impressed if he was in better support position when he played in the defensive zone and didn’t turn the puck over in the offensive zone.
- Somehow Kevin Lowe and Craig MacTavish must have forgotten that when they won Stanley Cups, Grant Fuhr, Bill Ranford or Mike Richter...
The unbeaten New Jersey Devils are looking like a force to be reckoned with in the early going.
On the verge of their best start in 18 seasons, the Devils conclude a season-opening four-game road trip Thursday night against the Washington Capitals.
After totaling 11 goals in wins over Philadelphia and Florida, New Jersey (3-0-0) pulled out a 2-1 victory over Tampa Bay on Tuesday...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago
TAMPA, Fla. -- In four games at home, the Tampa Bay Lightning at times lacked offense, enjoyed an offensive abundance and finished thinking they could have done more.
In four games at home, the Lightning ushered in new visions, chased a tormentor from last season and prepared to pack for a five-game road trip thinking one or two more points should have been theirs.
Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Evgeni Nabokov was brought in to help spell starter Ben Bishop and he did an unbelievable job on Michael Ryder here. He threw out his blocker in desperation and absolutely robbed Ryder. [GIFs via: @PeteBlackburn]
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Cory Schneider made 26 saves, Mike Cammalleri had a tiebreaking goal in the third period, and the New Jersey Devils beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 on Tuesday night to extend their season-opening winning streak to three games, all on the road.
Travis Zajac had the other New Jersey goal.
Alex Killorn scored for the Lightning, who completed a season-opening four game homestand...
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6 days ago
TAMPA, Fla. -- A campaign of great hope begins now. If all goes according to plan, the Tampa Bay Lightning will improve on their 101 points from last season. If all goes according to plan, they'll go deeper than their appearance in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
Rightfully so, their sights are set higher. Rightfully so, they want more.
That's the way it should be....
We’re going to take a look at each NHL team, breaking down every new addition and subtraction, as well as promising prospects.
Today, we take a look at the Tampa Bay Lightning.
By: Allen Smithee
2014 Season: 46-27-9 (2nd in Atlantic Division, 3rd in Eastern Conference)
C Brian Boyle
LW Brenden Morrow
D Jason Garrison
D Anton Stralman
G Evgeni Nabokov
The Tampa Bay Lightning made headlines over the summer by bolstering an already talented roster with several veterans who will make a positive impact in all three zones.
Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman addressed his team’s most glaring issue by signing Anton Stralman to be the team’s shut-down defenseman. Stralman was one of the most important players in the New York...
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
LAST SEASON: 46-27-9, 101 points. Swept in first round of playoffs by Montreal.
COACH: Jon Cooper, second full season with Lighting, 51-35-12.
ADDED: F Brian Boyle, F Brenden Morrow, D Anton Stralman, D Jason Garrison, G Evgeni Nabokov, F Jonathan Drouin.
LOST: G Anders Lindback, F Ryan Malone, F Teddy Purcell, F Nate Thompson, D Sami Salo.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Ondrej...
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19 days ago
NEW YORK ISLANDERS
LAST SEASON: 34-37-11, 79 points. Missed the playoffs by finishing eighth in Metropolitan Division and 14th in Eastern Conference.
COACH: Jack Capuano, fifth season with Islanders (118-120-39).
ADDED: G Jaroslav Halak, G Chad Johnson, C Cory Conacher, RW Jack Skille, LW Harry Zolnierczyk, C Mikhail Grabovski, LW Nikolai Kulemin.
LOST: G Evgeni Nabokov, D Radek...
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20 days ago
The New York Islanders failed to make the playoffs last season after re-energizing their fanbase with a postseason appearance in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign.
Poor goaltending was one of the primary reasons why New York failed to make the playoffs. The Isles ranked 28th with a 3.15 goals against average and struggled to consistently kill penalties.
After making significant...
Last season the Islanders were a good team whose playoff hopes were torpedoed by shoddy goaltending. They had the 3rd worst combined save percentage 5 on 5 thanks to the underwhelming efforts of Evgeni Nabokov, Anders Nilsson, and Kevin Poulin. All three goaltenders had a GSAA (goals saved above average) of -9.5 or worse; that’s continue reading...
Last year: 34-37-11, eighth in the Metro Division. Missed the postseason by 14 points. Key additions: Jaroslav Halak, Mikhail Grabovski, Nikolai Kulemin, Cory Conacher, Chad Johnson, T.J. Brennan Key subtractions: Evgeni Nabokov, Radek Martinek (likely) Franchise direction: The Islanders’ rebuild has been very slow, but it really does look like things are starting to change. The...
Veteran goaltender Evgeni Nabokov said he had a few options during free agency, but once the Lightning called, it became his No. 1 focus.
"It pretty much starts from the top, with Steve Yzerman, the coach, and the depth of the team is going to get better," Nabokov said. "I like the direction of the team is going, with a lot of young guys. There's a lot of talent...
from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,
After clearing out salary cap heading into free agency, the Lightning found a way to utilize some of that available space Tuesday to land one of the top defensemen on the market in Anton Stralman while adding some needed size up front with center Brian Boyle.
Tampa Bay also signed veteran goaltender Evgeni Nabokov to a one-year...
Evgeni Nabokov has signed a one-year, $1.55 million deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Last season, Nabokov posted a record of 15-14-8 with a GAA of 2.74 and a Save Percentage of .905 while playing for the New York Islanders. During the 2012-13 season, Nabokov went 23-11-7 in 41 games while helping the Islanders sneak into the playoffs before an eventual [...]
The reluctant marriage has finally ended as the New York Islanders and Evgeni Nabokov has come to an end.By Gloss via Wikimedia CommonsPer Arthur Staple:With 2 weeks until free agency, #Isles and G Evgeni Nabokov are not close on a deal. Team needs a backup (or 2) for Jaro Halak.— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) June 18, 2014In 162 regular season starts over three seasons, Nabby...
These things sometimes happen: A playoff-bound team has a kinda-need-but-don't-really-need-to-win game against a non-playoff team with lots of young job-chasers who have nothing to lose.
Playoff team comes out flat, gets worse during the second period, suffers a break that puts them behind and voila: They never climb back, so the New York Islanders shut out the Montreal Canadiens...
MONTREAL (AP) Evgeni Nabokov made 19 saves for his fourth shutout this season, and Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson scored power-play goals late in the second period as the New York Islanders topped the Montreal Canadiens 2-0 on Thursday night.
It’s no secret the goaltending for the Islanders this season has been awful. That’s not a suggestion or an opinion, but a fact of the game. The Isles are dead last in the league in cumulative (team) save percentage, a product of relying on two goalies who rank 39th and 44th, respectively, in the stat that matters most for their position. That’s out of 45, by the way.
from Arthur Staple of Newsday,
The last stretch of the Islanders' season isn't just for evaluating the young players who have been rotating through the lineup.
Evgeni Nabokov, for example, isn't signed for next season. He's had two injuries, including a groin problem that cost him a month and left the Isles hanging during their ugly November and December...
Evgeni Nabokov notched his 58th NHL career regular season shutout (he has seven playoff shutouts) as the New York Islanders frustrated the playoff-chasing Columbus Blue Jackets in front of an announced Sunday afternoon crowd of 15,008 at Nassau Coliseum.
The 2-0 final score was almost ironic in itself, that being the margin of so many blown third-period leads this season, to the...
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- Evgeni Nabokov made 41 saves in his 58th NHL shutout, and Travis Hamonic scored a coast-to-coast, power-play goal in the second period as the New York Islanders dealt the Blue Jackets' playoff hopes a severe blow by beating Columbus 2-0 Sunday.
Nabokov got the best of Russian counterpart Sergei Bobrovsky in their third meeting this season and posted his...
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) Evgeni Nabokov made 41 saves in his 58th NHL shutout, and Travis Hamonic scored a coast-to-coast, power-play goal in the second period as the New York Islanders dealt the Blue Jackets' playoff hopes a severe blow by beating Columbus 2-0 Sunday.
) After spotting the Vancouver Canucks a three-goal lead through two periods, the New York Islanders staged a remarkable and furious comeback, scoring seven goals — each by a different player — to beat the Canucks 7-4 on Monday night. The Islanders tied the game up at three apiece less than four minutes in to […]The post Islanders score seven goals in third period offensive...