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 2021 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 2022?
Have a read on below at SportsTips expert picks & preview on the Tampa Bay Lightning.
A 54 year old coaching vet with over 19 years of experience. He is currently the longest tenured NHL head coach having been with the Lightning since 2013. Since his first full season during the 2013-14 campaign he has yet to post a losing record. Also during that time he had led his team to 90+ points every year even with last year’s COVID shortened season. His Tampa squad looks to be the first 3 peat Stanley Cup winner since the Islanders won 4 in a row during the early 1980s.
The now 14 year National Hockey League veteran is one of the top players in the entire world. Bursting onto the scene in 2008 he quickly proved himself as an offensive threat. Out of 13 years played he has 5 seasons of 40 or more Goals. He is most dangerous on the Power Play recording 165 Goals and 147 Assists. Another great season from Stamkos could be the reason the Lightning 3 peat as Stanley Cup Champions.
Along with Stamkos, his right hand man Nikita Kucherov is vital to Tampa’s success. The 28 year old Russian will be entering only his 8th NHL season. While he can put the puck in the net, his game comes from Assists. He has racked up 326 of them over his career to go along with 221 Goals. An Ironman in his own right he has appeared in 70 or more games in 5 out of his 7 seasons.