Vincent Lecavalier was last a 40-goal scorer in 2008 and it may never happen again.

But his play right now is as close to that level as it's been in years and it comes as a good time while the Lightning fight for position in the Eastern Conference.

"Vinny's play from the start of the year until now is getting better and better," Lightning GM Steve Yzerman told Sporting News. "He's experienced, he's in good shape, he's working hard and that experience will pay off as the season winds down here and into the playoffs."

In the 18 games since the All-Star break, Lecavalier has 10 goals and seven assists, with his production at nearly a point-per-game rate. He told the St. Petersburg Times that he's playing his best hockey since the 2007-08 season in which he had 92 points.

The injuries are gone, the trade rumors are gone and the pressure to carry the Lightning's scoring is gone too with the emergence of Steven Stamkos. Yzerman praised Lecavalier's willingness to work hard and compete during games rather than just coast on skill.