Tampa Bay Lightning First Quarter Report

November 29th, 2009 by JC De La Torre Leave a reply »
The Tampa Bay Lightning concluded a solid first quarter of the 2009-10 NHL season with a winning record and some confidence.

There have been playmakers, some solid goal tending, and something the team lacked last season: defense.

If the playoffs were to begin today, your Tampa Bay Lightning would be among the elite eight in the Eastern Conference. In fact, three Southeast Division teams would be there, including Washington as the No. 1 seed.

The Southeast is tied with the Northeast for most division participants in the top eight of the Eastern conference, making it one of the toughest divisions this side of the Mississippi.

So what about this Jekyl and Hyde Bolts team? There are times when they're on the ice that harkens back to the days when Lord Stanley had to wear sunscreen.

Then there are games where they look like Barry Melrose has risen from the NHL coaching grave to haunt this team.

Let's look back at the first quarter of the season and highlight some impressive moments.

Record: 10-6-8, 28 Points

First Quarter Record (21 Games): 9-5-7, 25 points

Current Pace: 36-20-26, 98 points

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