Mark Barberio D TB 24 Days

Barberio, who had been a healthy scratch for nine of the first 11 games, slotted into the lineup Saturday against the Capitals. He played 17:30 and registered one shot on goal and one hit.

He's been a victim of the numbers game with coach Jon Cooper preferring to go with a lefty and a righty in each pairing on the back end. Barbs is the fourth lefty, but saw time because of Andrej Sustr's hand injury. He did skate on a forward line in practice on Tuesday; we're not sure if he'll see action there or not come Thursday.

Mark Barberio D TB 2 Months

Barberio, who is battling for a spot on the blue line this season, played a team-high 23 minutes, 30 seconds in Tuesday's win over the Predators. He scored the go-ahead goal.

He is in tough to earn a spot on the bottom pairing and will need to prove he can handle work in his own zone before the team commits to him fully. However, he is on a one-way contract, so that means he'll stick with the team for as long as possible -- they won't be prepared to lose him by sending him down.

Mark Barberio D TB 5 Months

The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Mark Barberio to a one-year/one-way contract.

In the middle of the NHL draft, the Lightning thought that this announcement was so important, it had to be done now. Barberio had five goals and 10 points in 49 games this season and should be a five-six defenseman with Tampa Bay in the 2014-15 season.

Mark Barberio D TB 7 Months

Mark Barberio made his NHL postseason debut in Game 3.

He filled in for Sami Salo, who sat with an upper-body injury. The Montreal-native was a little too wired for the contest and he posted six penalty minutes.

Mark Barberio D TB 8 Months

Mark Barberio got back into Tampa Bay's lineup on Sunday after sitting for nine straight games in the press box.

The Lightning dressed seven defensemen in the contest. Barberio returned to being a healthy scratch in Tuesday's win over Montreal, but coach Jon Cooper said it wasn't because of his performance. "I thought Mark played extremely well," Cooper said. "He was jumping into plays, and he probably had a couple of our best chances to score. I thought he was very good at breaking pucks out, and it's good to have guys that you can plug in." Barberio has 10 points and a plus-12 rating in 48 games this campaign.

Mark Barberio D TB 10 Months

Mark Barberio has been earning his spot in Tampa Bay's lineup after he was a frequent healthy scratch earlier in the year.

He has also started contributing offensively with three goals and one assist in his past four outings. Barberio has eight points and a plus-16 rating in 34 games this season. He never doubted his ability to succeed at the NHL level, but his growing comfort level has helped him make noticeable improvements.

Mark Barberio D TB 10 Months

Mark Barberio can finally get a haircut.

The Tampa Bay defenseman scored his first two career goals to help the Lightning beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3 on Sunday and move into a tie for first place in the Atlantic Division. Barberio promised himself as a minor leaguer two years ago that he wouldn't cut his hair until he made it to the NHL and scored there. Now it's time for those shoulder-length locks to come off. "I was just going to let it grow, and I think it's gotten a little too long," Barberio said. "It's got to go, though," he added. "I made a promise."

Mark Barberio D TB 11 Months

Mark Barberio suited up on Monday after sitting the past two games as a healthy scratch.

He got to play because of an upper-body injury to Eric Brewer. Barberio logged 13:46 of ice time and he concluded the game with a plus-3 rating.

Mark Barberio D TB Sep 02 '79

Mark Barberio returned to action on Thursday November 21.

Mark Barberio D TB Aug 27 '79

Mike Barberio is listed as questionable for Saturday night's contest against Phoenix due to a lower-body injury.

He left Thursday's game with the injury and did not practice on Friday. Barberio has played well in spurts this season and has shown some offensive talent making him a lesser-known sleeper candidate once he returns to health.