It must’ve been a really odd season for the hockey press that is looking for any excuse to drop to their knees for Steve Yzerman. Steven Stamkos got hurt, as has kind of been his wont in recent years. Ben Bishop was bad, and then he was gone. Tyler Johnson, Valterri Filppula both missed serious chunks of time. And though there was a late charge to get into the playoffs, they missed out after back-to-back conference final-at-least appearances. How could such a thing happen to a team with a GM as genius as Stevie Y? Oh right, the blue line behind Hedman blew chunks. Well guess what? IT STILL DOES! Yzerman has kept salary cap doomsday off for another year or two at least, and the Bolts look ready to regain their place atop the East.
Tampa Bay Lightning
’16-’17 Record: 42-30-10 94 points (5th in the Flortheast)
Team Stats 5v5: 51.2 CF% (7th) 49.8 SF% (18th) 51.7 SCF% (7th) 7.3 SH% (18th) .924 SV% (16th)