5 observations from Lightning’s ‘dangerous’ stretch – [Update News]

One began to assume the Lightning had been getting the band again collectively Sunday afternoon.

There was Andrei Vasilevskiy, who returned from a weeklong keep on the COVID-19 protocol checklist. The identical for Anthony Cirelli. Mikhail Sergachev and backup Brian Elliott got here again final week. Erik Cernak, the crew’s high right-shot defenseman, performed after lacking 10 video games with a foot harm.

All they had been lacking was Nikita Kucherov, who might be within the day-to-day vary after Tuesday’s sport, coach Jon Cooper mentioned.

However even with the big-name returners, Tampa Bay obtained beat 4-0 by the Rangers at Madison Sq. Backyard. It was the Lightning’s third straight loss, their first 0-2-1 stretch for the reason that starting of the season.

Time to be involved? Not fairly, particularly whenever you put all of it in context.

“I believe guys come within the lineup and so they say, ‘Properly, look, they’ve obtained all these guys again,’” Cooper mentioned. “However they’re not the identical gamers. Their stamina’s not there. Their fingers aren’t there. They’re studying the performs that aren’t there.