The Toronto Maple Leafs (-110) head to face the Tampa Bay Lightning (-110) at Amalie Arena on Saturday. The total is 6.5...
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|Colors:||Tampa Bay blue, white & black|
|Hall of Famers:||Dave Andreychuk, Dino Ciccarelli, Mark Recchi, Denis Savard and Martin St. Louis|
|Hall of Fame Builders:||N/A|
|Rivals:||Boston Bruins & Florida Panthers|
|Legends:||Dave Andreychuk, Dino Ciccarelli, Mark Recchi, Denis Savard and Martin St. Louis|
|Retired Numbers:||4, 26 & 99|
|Stanley Cup Titles:||3: 2003-04, 2019-20 & 2020-21|
The Tampa Bay Lightning were founded in 1992 and have been one of the most successful expansion franchises in the history of the National Hockey League. It took them just over a decade for them to win their first Stanley Cup, and they have added two more since then as well as a few additional conference, division championships and President’s trophies as well.
In this era of constant change it is also worth noting that they currently have the longest serving head coach in all of the National Hockey League as Jon Cooper has been with them since 2013. However, it wasn’t always success that greeted the Lightning right away as their first season in the National Hockey League ended with them finishing it as one of the worst teams in the league.
They finished the 1992-93 season with a record of 23-54-7 after having a solid start to the year. As fatigue from longer road trips certainly caught up to them by season’s end. The Tampa Bay Lighting also made a ton of history that season as they had a female goaltender during a couple of their preseason games. She became the first female to play in any of the four major North American sports leagues.
During the first three years of their existence they didn’t register one winning season. They didn’t get their first winning year and make the playoffs until the fourth year of their existence in 1995-96, when they finished with a record of 38-32 and 12 ties. However, their playoff experience wouldn’t last long as they lost to the Philadelphia Flyers in six games.
Following their playoff appearance in 1996 they would go another six seasons without another Stanley Cup playoff appearance. The Tampa Bay Lightning struggled a ton in the early days of their franchise. For three years in a row from 1997-2000 they failed to hit the 20 wins mark in three straight 82 game seasons.
Finally during the 2002-03 season they would return to the Stanley Cup playoffs and win their first playoff series in franchise history as well. They would defeat the Washington Capitals in six games in the first round before losing to the New Jersey Devils in the second round in five games.
Only a single season later in 2003-04 they would win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. They defeated the New York Islanders in Round 1 in five games. Then swept the Montreal Canadiens in Round 2, before winning the Eastern Conference in seven games against the Flyers. Then they would go onto the finals and defeated the Calgary Flames in seven games in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Following their first Stanley Cup victory they would make the playoffs for the next two seasons but not really go anywhere, as they both have first round exits attached to them. Then it would be another three years without the Stanley Cup playoffs as they headed it into the 2010s. In 2011 they would return to the Stanley Cup playoffs and would make it all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals but would eventually lose to the Boston Bruins in seven games.
They would then miss the playoffs for another two seasons before returning and having yet another early exit in 2013-14 after being swept by the Montréal Canadiens in the first round. In 2015 they would once again return to the Stanley Cup Finals but would lose to the Chicago Blackhawks and six games as the hunt for their second Stanley Cup trophy continued.
Over the next three years they would make two trips back to the Eastern Conference Finals but once again missed the Stanley Cup Finals by a single series. The following year in 2018-19 they would win their first and only President’s Trophy to date as they led the NHL with 128 out of 164 possible points after the regular season. However, they will get swept by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round which is one of the most iconic moments in Blue Jackets franchise history.
What felt like the lowest of lows actually ended up being a good thing in the end as the Lightning would go on to win two straight Stanley Cups after that first round loss to Columbus. Last season in 2021–22 they nearly became the first team in decades to three-peat as Stanley Cup Champions. They finished the season with a record of 51-23-8 and made it all the way back to the Finals before losing to the Colorado Avalanche in six games.
If you are a fan of the Tampa Bay Lightning, then you know that the only thing that matters right now is how they are expected to perform in the 2022-23 season. Do the Tampa Bay Lightning have the star power to make it all the way to the playoffs and win the Stanley Cup in 2023?
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Jon Cooper is the head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning. During his tenure as the head coach of the Lightning, the team has brought home back to back Stanley Cup trophies and went to a third straight finals in 2021-22. Entering the 2022-23 National Hockey League season he is the longest tenured head coach in the league having spent the last ten seasons at the helm for Tampa Bay.
Prior to becoming the head coach he spent three seasons as a head coach in the AHL. He has led the Lightning to the playoffs in eight of his nine full seasons he has coached the franchise, including the two previously mentioned Stanley Cup victories. He is by far the most successful coach in the history of the Tampa Bay Lightning and he is surely going to be a Hall Of Famer after he coaches his final game on the bench, whenever that may be.
Steven Stamkos is the top guy on this Tampa Bay Lightning roster heading into the 2022-23 National Hockey League season. This upcoming season will be his 15th season in the National Hockey League and the former number one overall pick in the 2008 National Hockey League entry draft has put together a Hall Of Fame worthy career and he is the leading goal scorer and leads the league in assists for players that were born in the 1990s. He has spent his entire career with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Last season he put up some impressive numbers as he found the net 42 times over the course of last year’s National Hockey League season. He also had no problem passing off the puck and setting up his teammates to find the net as well, as he added 64 assists to his total. Overall, he finished with a total of 106 points in 81 games played.
Andrei Vasilevskiy is yet another solid guy on this Tampa Bay Lightning roster heading into the 2022-23 National Hockey League season. This upcoming season will be his eighth season in the National Hockey League and the former 19th overall pick in the 2012 National Hockey League entry draft has put together a solid career thus far.
He has led the National Hockey League in wins for five straight seasons, dating back to the 2017-18 campaign. He has quickly established himself as one of the best goaltenders in the entire National Hockey League over the course of his short but successful career. He is a former Conn Smythe and Vezina award winner as well. Last season he picked up 39 wins in 63 starts and only gave up 156 goals.
The Tampa Bay Lightning’s campaign during the 2021-22 National Hockey League season went about as you would’ve expected. They finished the year with a record of (51-23-8) and in third place of the Atlantic Division.
There is a lot of optimism surrounding the franchise heading into the 2022-23 National Hockey League season. If they want to improve or keep up their current level of play they will certainly need a ton of production from their stars over the course of the 2022-23 National Hockey League season. The most important thing in any season is how a team starts out of the gate, and then how they look when the all-star break approaches.
In the National Hockey League, a lot can change over a single off-season. It will be interesting to see how their offseason moves translate onto the ice over the course of the 2022-23 National Hockey League season.
They are set to play a full 82-game schedule for only the second time in the last four seasons thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on their odds to win some hardware headed into the season it is clear how the oddsmakers in Las Vegas feel about them heading into the year.
Their odds to bring home the Atlantic Division championship this season currently sit at +250 heading into the 2022-23 National Hockey League season, which puts them in 3rd in the Atlantic Division out of eight teams.
While their odds to win the Eastern Conference currently sit at +600 heading into the 2022-23 National Hockey League season, which puts them in 4th in the Eastern Conference out of 16 teams.
Their overall odds to bring home the Stanley Cup trophy are currently sitting at +1200 heading into the 2022-23 National Hockey League season, as they rank 6th out of all 32 teams in the National Hockey League.
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Where do the Tampa Bay Lightning play?
The Tampa Bay Lightning play their home games at the Amalie Arena.
Who owns the Tampa Bay Lightning?
The Tampa Bay Lightning are owned by Vinik Sports Group.
Have the Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup?
The Tampa Bay Lightning have won 3 Stanley Cups in the 2003-04, 2019-20 & 2020-21 seasons.
Who is the Tampa Bay Lightning general manager?
Julien BriseBois the manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Do the Tampa Bay Lightning play tonight?
Are you wondering if the Tampa Bay Lightning are playing tonight? Well, SportsTips has all the details you need about upcoming Tampa Bay Lightning games! Make sure you check this page at the top for all the details you are looking for.
What is the Tampa Bay Lightning record?
The Tampa Bay Lightning had a 51-23-8 win-loss-overtime loss record for the 2021-22 NHL season.
Did the Tampa Bay Lightning win last night?
Fans of the Tampa Bay Lightning are all wanting to know if they won the game last night. You can find more information in relation to the team’s recent form in games on the page at the top.
How much are the Tampa Bay Lightning worth?
According to Forbes Magazine, the Tampa Bay Lightning are worth $650 million.
Who do the Tampa Bay Lightning play tonight?
Like a lot of things in the NHL, things change pretty quickly. So, if you are looking for more information about who the Tampa Bay Lightning play tonight, you have come to the right place. We have all this information for you in detail, you can find these details for upcoming games at the top of the page.
How to watch the Tampa Bay Lightning?
You can watch the Tampa Bay Lightning games on TV channels like Bally Sports Sun.
Will the Tampa Bay Lightning make the playoffs this year?
For the 2021-22 season, the Tampa Bay Lightning did make the playoffs, as they finished 3rd in their division with a record of 51-23-8.
Will the Tampa Bay Lightning get the 1st pick in the NHL draft?
The order of the draft will be finalized at the end of the 2021-22 season, and it is confirmed that the Tampa Bay Lightning did not have the first overall pick.
When do the Tampa Bay Lightning play?
Tampa Bay Lightning fans are always looking for more information about when their team plays the next game. For all the information you have been craving and more, be sure to check the top of this page. Here at SportsTips, we list all the information you need like the time of the puck drop, location of the game and the all important NHL odds.
Where did the Tampa Bay Lightning finish the season?
The Tampa Bay Lightning finished the 2021-22 NHL season in 3rd place in the Atlantic Division and in 7th place in the NHL overall.
How many games did the Tampa Bay Lightning win?
The Tampa Bay Lightning won 51 games during the 2021-22 NHL season.
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