Tampa Bay Lightning Mid-Season Awards and Outlook

January 6th, 2011 by JC De La Torre Leave a reply »
Despite last night's debacle in Pittsburgh, the Tampa Bay Lightning have completed the best first half in their history. Their 53 points has them in first place in the Southeast division, and the second seed overall in the conference (two points behind the leader, Pittsburgh).

It's been an amazing beginning for owner Jeff Vinik, General Manager Steve Yzerman, and Head Coach Guy Boucher. Usually a team with this much turnover in the front office doesn't fair that well the first year—as players are shipped in and out, a system is learned and the roster is crafted to support it.

Both Boucher and Yzerman warned fans during training camp that it might not be a quick turnaround, and that the Lightning could take a few steps back before they advance forward.

It's one of the few things this season the dynamic duo have been wrong about.

Record: 24-12-5 (53 points), first in the Southeast Division, second in the Eastern Conference

Second Quarter Record (20 games): 12-5-3 (29 points)

Current Pace: 48-24-10  (106 points)

Most Valuable Player: Steven Stamkos, Fwd

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