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Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down: Lightning Snap Losing Streak

April 2, 2021 - 5:56 PM ET

The Tampa Bay Lightning stole victory from the jaws of defeat last night against a Columbus Blue Jackets team that just seems to know what buttons to push against them. The result was a somewhat undeserved 3-2 win, which snapped the team’s three-game losing streak and kept them atop the Central Di...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down: Quick Start Propels Lightning to Victory

April 3, 2021 - 9:39 PM ET

Sometimes, the best medicine in the world is simply to play the Detroit Red Wings on a Saturday afternoon. That was the case for the Tampa Bay Lightning today, as they earned a 2-1 victory over their divisional foes. Here are today’s thumbs: Thumbs Up: The Start After a run of games that saw t...

Will the Lightning "Pick it Up" Come Playoff Time?

April 6, 2021 - 12:49 AM ET

Following a stunning 5-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings, I tweeted over the weekend about the Tampa Bay Lightning’s recent inconsistency and struggles. While their underlying numbers remain okay – though not spectacular – the eye test sees a team that often looks like it’s simply going throug...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down: Lightning Fall Behind Quickly and Don't Recover

April 7, 2021 - 5:04 PM ET

For the fifth time in the last seven games, the Tampa Bay Lightning ended up on the wrong side of a result. Last night, it was a 4-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Here are the thumbs: Thumbs Down: The Early Effort Level The underlying numbers at the end of the night looked just fine (hello,...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down: Scoring Slump Busted, but at What Cost?

April 9, 2021 - 12:14 AM ET

The Tampa Bay Lightning snapped their scoring slump on Thursday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets, but it came at a cost. Here are the thumbs from tonight’s 6-4 win: Thumbs Down: The Stamkos Injury That aforementioned cost came in the form of an injury to Steven Stamkos. After scoring hi...

Lightning Acquire David Savard from Columbus

April 10, 2021 - 3:29 PM ET

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced this afternoon that they have acquired defenceman David Savard from the Columbus Blue Jackets. The cost is essentially a 2021 first-round pick, 2022 third-round pick, and 2021 fourth-round pick, complicated by the fact that this is a three-team trade. We have ac...