BT’s 10 Bold (Or Not so Bold) 2010-11 NHL Predictions: The Tampa Bay Lightning

October 12th, 2010 by Bryan Thiel Leave a reply »
The Tampa Bay Lightning were the talk of the offseason this year.

First it was because of the addition of Steve Yzerman as the team's new General Manager. Then, it was for everything that Yzerman was able to do over the offseason.

Now with another offensive-minded defenseman, another mega-talented forward and a second goalie to split starting duties, many are eager to see what Yzerman's club is going to be able to do this year.

Along with that, he also added new coach Guy Boucher to the NHL's ranks in hopes of turning around the fortunes of the Lightning following their 2004 cup win.

With the All-Stars (Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier) and the promising young talent (Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman) already in place, Yzerman has a view of this team that should materialize, if not this season, then over the next few.


1) Dan Ellis plays in more games than Mike Smith

Early on the advantage lies with Smith because of the time he's already spent in Tampa Bay, but Ellis is no slouch either. It's a tad surprising to see that Smith has more NHL experience than Ellis (141 NHL games to Ellis' ...

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