Tuesday, November 13, 2012

2012-2013 NHL Season: What We're All Missing, Part 9, The Lightning

By Pete Dombrosky (@Pete_Dombrosky)

Yes, the NHL and the NHLPA have been meeting all week. Things are looking positive for NHL fanz, blah blah blah, but until the announcement comes that this NHL season is to exist, What We're All Missing will continue to share with the Sportz Broz faithful the key ingredients to each team fan base's lust for the game. Be sure to check out Parts 1-8 after reading up on the Lightning in Part 9! And as always be sure to follow Pete on twitter and to check out his blog, KeystoneSportsSpot.com. Only here on SBz, bro.

What We're All Missing, Part 1, Avalanche, Blackhawks, Blue Jackets
What We're All Missing, Part 2, Blues, Bruins, Canadiens, Canucks
What We're All Missing, Part 3, Capitals, Coyotes, Devils

What We're All Missing, Part 4, Ducks, Flames

What We're All Missing, Part 5, The Flyers
What We're All Missing, Part 6, The Islanders

What We're All Missing, Part 7, The Jets
What We're All Missing, Part 8, The Kings

Part 9, The Tampa Bay Lightning
2011-2012 Record: (38-36-8) 84 points
Playoffs: Failed to qualify

Tampa Bay is a lovely city with a temperate climate and a history of winning hockey teams.

No, really, all of that is true.

But you have to consider the history part in the way that Dexys Midnight Runners are historically a great band.

It’s only because of “Come On Eileen.”

Other than their Stanley Cup championship in 2004, the Lightning have been largely irrelevant. Sure, they made it to the Eastern Conference Final two seasons ago, but close only counts with horseshoes and hand grenades. And if you ask any hockey professional – player, coach or executive – they’d all tell you that the goal isn’t to get close to winning the Cup, it’s raising it.

But that doesn’t mean Lightning fans should be discouraged; quite the opposite is true indeed. This year could be the real breakout season for their best player, Steven Stamkos.

Yes, he can do better than 60 goals and 37 assists. He’s not the most complete player, but he’s the purest scorer on the planet and he’s 22 years old.


Most hockey players don’t hit their prime until their mid-20s, so if that is true for Stamkos, we could see him score 70, maybe even 80 someday. He has the most accurate slap shot in the league. He has one of the best wrist shots in the league. He can score from just about any angle and he can dangle a little bit too.

Stammer, and a couple of guys named St. Louis and Lecavalier are the reasons the lockout hurts for Lightning fans. But if the season is scrapped, at least they’ll have the beaches!

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