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Tampa Bay Lightning Stats, Odds, Standings and Schedule for 2023-24 NHL Season

Tampa Bay Lightning Last Season Performance

he Lightning finished with less than 100 points in a full regular season for the first time since 2016-17 – falling two short to end up third in the Atlantic Division.

heir 11-series win streak ended in the 2022 Cup finals against Colorado and they were eliminated in the first round by the Toronto Maple Leafs in six games last April. Tampa Bay lost three overtime games at home in the series, coughing up third-period leads in two of them.

While the Lightning failed in their attempt to make it to four straight Cup finals, several individuals had big seasons. None were better than Nikita Kucherov, who reached 100 points for the third season (first since 2018-19) with 113.

Brayden Point scored a career-best 51 goals and captain Steven Stamkos went over 1,000 points in his career while Brandon Hagel recorded career highs of 30 goals and 64 points. Defenseman Mikhail Sergachev also put up a career-best 64 points.

Offseason Changes

Key Additions

Lightning General Manager Julien Brisebois needed to add a bargain top-six forward and fill some holes in the bottom of the roster.

Conor Sheary has played a lot with top players when he was with Pittsburgh and Washington, so he should fit with either Stamkos or the Kucherov-Point duo up front. Sheary has scored at least 14 goals in six of the last eight seasons.

Luke Glendening and Tyler Motte should upgrade the bottom six forwards. Finnish free-agent forward Walterri Merela could help at some point. Calvin de Haan was also signed to add depth on the left side of the defense and Jonas Johansson is the new backup goalie.

Key Subtractions

ampa Bay hated to see veteran left wing Alex Killorn go in free agency, but the Lightning just could not afford him after he scored a career-high 27 goals.

Brisebois also dealt Ross Colton (Colorado) and Pat Maroon (Minnesota) as cost-cutting measures, and let veteran forwards Corey Perry and Pierre-Eduoard Bellemare go. The five forwards accounted for 64 goals.

Defenseman Ian Cole was also allowed to leave in free agency, along with backup goalie Brian Elliott.

Tampa Bay Lightning Head Coach Analysis

Jon Cooper has yet to win the Jack Adams Award despite a resume that includes two Stanley Cups, four appearances in the finals and 480 wins across 10-plus seasons at the helm.

Cooper has taken the Lightning to the playoffs in nine of his 10 full seasons after winning the Calder Cup with Norfolk of the AHL in 2011-12.

After being on the hot seat after the team’s first-round exit in 2019, the 56-year-old is going nowhere. Cooper is +2500 to win the Adams Award in the live betting.

Tampa Bay Lightning Prediction for the 2023-24 Season

ampa Bay still has one of the best core groups in the league and the Lightning will be much more rested after three straight trips to the finals wore them down a bit last season.

Sheary is expected to join a top six with Point, Kucherov, Hagel, Stamkos and Selke Trophy contender Anthony Cirelli, while the bottom six should have more speed and plenty of bite with Nick Paul. Tanner Jeannot, Motte and Glendening.

he Lightning still must defend well more consistently to limit the quality chances Vasilevskiy faces. Victor Hedman (+3000 to win his second Norris Trophy in the Las Vegas odds), Sergachev and Eric Cernak give the Lightning a strong top three and the hope is that defensemen Nick Perbix and Darren Raddysh take steps forward.

You will get good odds for Tampa Bay to win the Cup (+1400) at the sportsbook. If healthy, they are as good as anyone in the East.

Tampa Bay Lightning FAQs

Is Vasilevskiy a good bet to win another Vezina Trophy?

Vasilevskiy finished with his worst goals-against average (2.65) and save percentage (.915) since 2015-16 last season, but won at least 30 games for the sixth straight campaign.

The 29-year-old Russian is still regarded by most as the league’s top goalie despite finishing sixth in the Vezina voting in 2022-23. He will also have a longer offseason to rest after struggling with nagging injuries last season.

Much depends on his inconsistent defense, but bet him to win the Vezina (+800) and the over (32½ wins) at the sportsbook.

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How many Stanley Cups have the Tampa Bay Lightning won?

The Lightning have won three Cups, including two straight in 2020 and 2021. Tampa Bay won its first Cup in 2004.

The Bolts also lost in the Cup finals in 2015 and 2022.

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Can Kucherov win his second Hart Trophy?

It is hard to believe Kucherov was 12th in the voting for the Hart Trophy last season after tying for third in the league in scoring. What was everyone watching?

No doubt, the competition is rough with Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Auston Matthews, David Pastrnak, Nathan MacKinnon, Matthew Tkachuk and others, but Kucherov is a determined sort.

We would not bet against him topping his total in the Las Vegas hockey odds (108 ½ points) and winning the Hart at +2500.

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Were the Lightning an Original Six Team?

No. Hall of Famer Phil Esposito helped bring the expansion Lightning into the NHL for the 1992-93 season. They made one playoff appearance in their first 10 seasons. Tampa Bay has qualified for the last six postseasons.

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