As we approach the start of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, Too Many Men On The Site will be taking a look at the teams that have qualified. Included will be stats, record, and why they will and will not win the Stanley Cup. Next up are the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Tampa Bay Lightning – 3rd in the Atlantic Division. (4th in the East) 95 points. (at time of posting)
- Valtteri Filppula (25 G, 32 A, 57 points)
- Ondrej Palat (22 G, 35 A, 57 points)
- Victor Hedman (13 G, 40 A, 53 points)
Why The Lightning Will Win The Stanley Cup
Honestly I don’t think the Lightning have much of a chance to win the cup, but stranger things have happened before. In order for the Lightning to win the cup they are going to need to continue their strong two-way play. The worst plus minus on their roster is -11 (Richard Panik). The Lightning have made a living this season by working for everything they have, and it is their work ethic that could win them a Stanley Cup this season. The addition of Ryan Callahan could pay off during the playoff run. Callahan has 24 points in 59 playoff games, and he is looking to cash in big time this off-season. If he if firing on all cylinders Tamp Bay may catch Lightning in a bottle.
Why The Lightning Will Not Win The Stanley Cup
Tampa Bay has goaltending concerns entering the playoffs. Starting goaltender Ben Bishop is out with an injury, and may be rusty when he returns. Despite being rested, and hopefully in good health Bishop is not a playoff tested net minder. He has never experienced playoff hockey, this will be baptism by fire, and it does not vote well for the Lightning. Not only will goaltending be an issue so will youth; the average age on the Lightnings roster is just over 26 years old. Trading away Martin St. Louis, and losing Vincent Lecavalier could prove to be the death of this team.