Stanley Cup Preview – Tampa Bay Lightning

With second training camp underway, the Tampa Bay Lightning look to dominate in the Eastern Conference while they look to win their second Stanley Cup in franchise history.

 

Record: 43-21-6 92 points

2nd in the Eastern Conference

 

The Lightning will head to Toronto and will take on Washington, Boston, and Philadelphia for the right to be the top seed in the Eastern Conference once the Stanley Cup Playoffs start after the Qualifying Round ends.

 

During the 2019-20 season, Nikita Kucherov led the way for the Lightning with 33 goals and 52 assists for 85 points. captain Steven Stamkos (29-37-66) and Brayden Point (25-39-64) also were key contributors on offense for Tampa.

 

On defense, Victor Hedman topped the team in scoring for defenders with 11 goals and 44 assists for 55 points. Mikhail Sergachev (10-24-34) and Kevin Shattenkirk (8-26-34) were also key contributors offensively while getting sold defense from Ryan McDonagh, Braydon Coburn, and Luke Schenn.

 

Between the pipes Andrei Vasilevskiy will be the main workhorse for the Lightning after going 35-14-3 with a 2.56 GAA and a .917 Save Percentage in 52 starts. He will be backed up by Curtis McElhinney who was 8-7-3 in 18 starts.

 

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