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Cory Conacher will be a healthy scratch in Game 7 against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night.

The 28-year-old has played in just two games this postseason and he's failed to record a point. This will be the 13th straight game that he watches from the press box. Andrej Sustr, Jake Dotchin, Slater Koekkoek and Peter Budaj will also serve as healthy scratches in this one.
May 23 - 7:45 PM

Andrei Vasilevskiy will get the start in Game 7 against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night.

Vasilevskiy has an 11-5 record with a 2.55 goals-against-average and a .920 save percentage this postseason. The winner of this game will face the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final.
May 23 - 7:40 PM

Ryan Callahan thinks the Lightning's experience will help them in Game 7 on Wednesday.

"Your mindset changes, that's for sure," Callahan said. "Your nerves are a lot less. There's always a little nerves there knowing it's a Game 7, an elimination game. I think if you're not used to it, it could be a little bit of an overwhelming experience leading up to the game. So you're definitely a lot calmer and you try to rub that off on the younger guys too and let them know that it is another game. Obviously it's a big stage, everything's highlighted, but enjoy the moment. Not everybody gets to play a Game 7 in their career, especially in the Eastern Conference Final. So enjoy the moment, embrace it and go out there and have fun and play the way we can." Callahan in particular has a lot of experience to lean on, given that this will be his 119th career playoff game. Tampa Bay in general has gone far in recent years, reaching the Stanley Cup Final in 2015 and Eastern Conference Final in 2016. By contrast, this is Washington's first conference finals since 19
Source: NHL.com
May 23 - 3:55 PM

Ondrej Palat will be back alongside Brayden Point and Tyler Johnson in Game 7 versus Washington on Wednesday night.

Palat had been seeing most of his playing time on the first line since Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final. He had plenty of success with Point and Johnson earlier in the postseason, though, while helping to shut down the best players on the opposition.
May 23 - 10:44 AM

Alex Killorn skated on the top line during Wednesday's morning skate.

Killorn is projected to play alongside Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov in Game 7 against Washington. He has notched five goals and two assists in 16 postseason matches this year.
May 23 - 10:38 AM

Steven Stamkos had a quiet performance in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Stamkos had a minus-1 rating, one shot on goal and two hits in Tampa Bay's 3-0 loss to Washington. He isn't the only player on the Lightning who struggled on Monday night, but he will have to better in Game 7 on Wednesday. Stamkos hasn't earned a point in the last two matches following a seven-game point streak.
May 22 - 10:48 AM

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed two goals on 33 shots in Monday's 3-0 loss to the Washington Capitals in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

After losing the first two games of this series, the Lightning managed to win three in a row, but they failed to put the Caps away tonight. In fairness to Vasilevskiy, one of the goals he allowed came on the power play while another came with him on the bench for an extra attacker. Vasilevskiy has given up two goals in four consecutive outings. He has an 11-5 record with a 2.55 goals-against-average and a .920 save percentage in the postseason. Game 7 will be played in Tampa Bay on Wednesday night. The winner of that game will play the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final.
May 21 - 11:26 PM

Cory Conacher will be a healthy scratch in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final on Monday.

Conacher hasn't suited up since Games 3 and 4 of their first-round series against the New Jersey Devils. The 28-year-old has no points, 10 penalty minutes and a minus-1 rating this postseason. Andrej Sustr, Jake Dotchin, Slater Koekoek and Peter Budaj will also watch the game from the press box.
May 21 - 7:46 PM

Andrei Vasilevskiy, who is projected to get the nod Monday night, will be seeking his fourth straight win in Game 6 against Washington.

Vasilevskiy has posted a 2.00 goals-against average and .943 save percentage in his previous three games. He has been superb since losing the first two games of the Eastern Conference Final and another victory in the series will advance the Lightning to the Stanley Cup Final.
May 21 - 3:12 PM

J.T. Miller is projected to play on the third line again Monday night against Washington.

Miller was replaced on the top line by Ondrej Palat in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final. He has been playing alongside Anthony Cirelli and Alex Killorn ever since. Miller has one assist in his last five contests.
May 21 - 1:42 PM

Nikita Kucherov contributed one assist in Saturday's Game 5 victory over Washington.

Kucherov had the lone helper on Ondrej Palat's sixth goal of the postseason. Kucherov has been held off the scoresheet just one time in his last seven outings. He has two goals and five assists during that span.
May 20 - 10:21 AM

Chris Kunitz posted an assist in a 3-2 win over Washington on Saturday night.

The trio of Kunitz, Ryan Callahan and Cedric Paquette was the best for the Lightning in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final. Paquette opened the scoring 19 seconds into the contest and Callahan's goal 33 seconds into the second period held up as the game winner. Kunitz's helper came on Callahan's goal and it was his first point in 15 games during the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
May 20 - 10:18 AM

Anton Stralman earned an assist in Saturday's 3-2 win over Washington during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Stralman picked up an assist on Ryan Callahan's second-period goal, which held up as the game winner, when his shot ricocheted off the Lightning forward from a rebound and went into the net. Stralman has five points in 15 playoff matches this year.
May 20 - 10:14 AM

Ryan McDonagh logged 22:49 of ice time in Saturday's 3-2 win in Game 5 against Washington.

McDonagh's playing time ranked on the Lightning on Saturday behind only Victor Hedman (24:50). He posted a plus-1 rating, one shot, three blocks and three hits in the contest. McDonagh hasn't earned a point in seven straight games, but he has continued to play a key role on Tampa Bay's back end. He helped the Lightning fend off the Capitals' late-game comeback attempt.
May 20 - 10:04 AM

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed two goals on 30 shots in Saturday's 3-2 Game 5 win over the Washington Capitals.

Another brilliant start from Vasilevskiy. He was only beat by countrymen Evgeny Kuznetsov on a deflection in tight and a blast from Alex Ovechkin will just over 90 seconds remaining in regulation. After struggling in the opening two games of the series, Vasilevskiy has looked dialed in, allowing only two goals in each of Tampa's three wins in the series. The Russian goaltender will improve his post-season record to 11-4 with a 2.59 goals-against-average and .919 save percentage.
May 19 - 10:20 PM


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