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Tampa Bay Lightning 2014-2015 News and Updates
4/14/15 - Separated by a mere two points in the final standings, the Tampa Bay Lightning narrowly missed overtaking the Montreal Canadiens for first place in the Atlantic Division. Regardless, TB will enjoy home ice advantage in the first round of the postseason, as they take on Henrik Zetterberg and the dangerous Detroit Red Wings. The Lightning claimed the first three contests between the two teams during the regular season, and they hope that success will translate to additional wins in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Postseason play begins on April 16th at the Amalie Arena, and tickets are still available to be a part of all the action! Experience the excitement that only NHL playoff hockey can provide—but secure your seats now, because supplies are limited!
4/8/15 - The Tampa Bay Lightning are definitely a contender for the first place spot in the Atlantic division. They are currently two games behind Montreal, but have two more games of regular season play to boost their record past Montreal. On April 2 the Lightning hit the ice against the Ottawa Senators with hopes to bring home another win. The first period was packed with back to back goals; however, the rest of the game was a stand still leading the two teams into overtime. Patrick Wiercioch for the Senators slammed the winning goal into the net at the 4:43 overtime mark. See what the Lightning can do with their remaining two games before the playoffs. They take on the New Jersey Devils at home on April 9. Tickets are still available for $19 a piece.
3/31/15 - The Tampa Bay Lighting has had a great season against the Detroit Red Wings, with a 3-0 winning record. So when they competed against them again on March 28, they could have never predicted what was going to happen. The Lightning was shutout of the game completely, losing 4-0 to the Red Wings. Petr Mrazek, from the Red Wings was the guy to congratulate as he made 23 saves that night. If the current standing on the board holds, Tampa Bay and Detroit would be facing each other in the first round of the playoffs. Each game matters from here on out, and the standings are coming down to the wire. Watch the Lightning play the Senators live on April 2. Tickets are available at $42 a piece.
3/27/15 - Tampa Bay is rocking the leader board in the Atlantic division in second place. They are incredibly close to the first place holder, Montreal, who only has one loss less than the Lightning. The last few season games are very important to the Lightning as they fight for the number one spot in the Atlantic division. Tampa Bay is currently on a roll, winning the last four consecutive games. Their most recent game against their state rivals, the Florida Panthers, was nothing short of thrilling. Both teams played intensely and with purpose as they fight for their playoff positions. After the Lighting blew a two goal lead, they miraculously were able to come back to win the game 4-3. Watch them take on the Red Wings on March 28. Tickets start at $34.
3/20/15 - The beginning of March was good to the Tampa Bay Lightning with four wins and one loss. Unfortunately the winning streak stopped when they faced off against Boston and Winnipeg. The game versus Boston was a nail biter and came down to a shoot out, where Boston came out of it with the W. Against Winnipeg, the Lightning played aggressive and heartfelt hockey, ending the first half with a 1-0 lead. Things started to turn around though when Drew Stafford and Blake Wheeler of the Jets scored two consecutive goals during the third period. The Jets kept their intensity at a high level and were able to leave the victors. See Tampa Bay and Boston compete again on March 22, this time in Tampa. Get out of the heat and see if the Lightning can walk away the winners this time. Tickets start at $24.
3/13/15 - The Tampa Bay Lightning has been on fire lately, winning each of their home games and now the first of their away games. It might not have been a terribly exciting game when the Lightning took on the division leader, the Canadiens, but they still got the win. Neither team scored for all three periods, but Tampa Bay took it in overtime. With this win, they are now only a single point behind the Montreal Canadiens. They could easily take the lead if they keep this pace up. Additionally, the Lightning is about to start a six-game series of home games. This accounts for most of their home games, so don't miss out on this opportunity. It all starts on March 14th when they play the Winnipeg Jets.
3/6/15 - The Tampa Bay Lighting continues to dominate on the ice. With their most recent decisive victory against the Toronto Leafs, the Lightning has now won five of their last seven games. As a testament to how impressive they have played recently, the Lightning managed to completely shut out two different teams recently, the first being the monster Chicago Blackhawks on Feb. 27th, then the Buffalo Sabres on March 3rd. Unfortunately, despite their recent victories, Tampa Bay remains just barely behind the Montreal Canadiens in the Atlantic Division. They are now two points behind, so the top team could change in a single game. Be sure to follow the Lightning closely. Their next home game is against the Dallas Stars and tickets start at only $22.
2/27/15 - It was a decisive victory for the Tampa Bay Lightning when they took on the Anaheim Ducks on Feb. 18th. After a hard-hitting second period, Tampa Bay was ahead by three and finished the game 4-1. They were struggling recently, but this game seems to have given them the momentum they needed because they followed this strong win up with another against the Arizona Coyotes. This time they won 4-2. Their efforts are paying off, as well, because the Lightning is now just one point behind the Montreal Canadiens for the top position in the Atlantic Division. They play the Chicago Blackhawks next and the home rink advantage might be enough to push them in the lead. You can still attend and see for yourself for $82.
2/18/15 - The Tampa Bay Lightning took a step backward this week, losing three of their last four games. They were tied for the top position in the Atlantic Division, but they are now two points behind the Montreal Canadiens. That gap is well within the reach of a team as talented as the Lightning, but only if they are able to regain their momentum, which is hard to do on the road. Their best shot might be when they take on the Anaheim Ducks in their next game on Feb. 18th. Tampa Bay blew the Ducks away last week, so if they can repeat their victory, they could get the energy they need. The Lightning's next home game is still far off, being against the Chicago Blackhawks on Feb. 27th, although tickets are already going fast and start at $95.
2/12/15 - The Tampa Bay Lightning is still hot on the trail of the Montreal Canadiens in the Atlantic Division. The top two teams are tied for points this season and the Lightning is just one win behind. They have won four of their last six games, the most recent of which was against the Anaheim Ducks. The Lightning shut out their opponents in the first period, garnering a lead of three points. The Ducks never managed to recover and Tampa Bay finished 3-5. Brian Boyle managed to score twice, Valtteri Filppula scored once and assisted two points, and Ryan Callahan scored once and assisted once. The Lightning hopes to push into the top position of the division when they play the Nashville Predators on Feb. 10th.
2/6/15 - The Tampa Bay Lightning is doing well, but they cannot let up yet. Winning only three of their last five games, the Lightning still holds the top position for the Atlantic Division, but the Detroit Red Wings are getting dangerously close to overtaking them. In their last game, Tampa Bay blew away the Dallas Stars 5-3. Tyler Johnson managed to put two points away and Steven Stamkos added one more and got an assist as well. The Lightning has a couple home games coming up to regain their momentum before hitting the road again. They will take on the Los Angeles Kings first on Feb. 7th, and then the Anaheim Ducks the very next day. If you want to catch them before they leave town, tickets are still available for both games for $28 and $16 respectively.
1/30/15 - The Tampa Bay Lightning’s three game winning streak was brought to an end by the Carolina Hurricanes. The Hurricanes scored in the first 22 seconds of the game, and the Lightning could never catch up. The final score was 4-2. The Lightning are back home to PNC Arena for two games, facing the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday (1/29) and then the Columbus Blue Jackets on .Saturday (1/31). Tickets for the Blue Jackets’ game are available on Razorgator starting at $19. The Lightning sit in 2nd place in the Atlantic Division, right behind the Red Wings. The Lightning is looking toward the playoffs. Catch the game on the ice to fully enjoy the fast action of hockey. Cheer the home team to victory with other Tampa Bay fans.
1/22/15 - The Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 on Tuesday, Jan. 20, which was their last game before the break for the NHL All Star Weekend. Lightning goalie Ben Bishop made 27 saves, and the offensive efforts by Alex Killorn, who scored twice, and Valtteri Filppula and Brian Boyle, who each had one goal a piece, helped the Lightning to triumph over the Canucks for their third win in a row, and eighth straight home win. With the win, the Lightning are now first place in the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference. The team will look to remain ahead of the other teams vying for the top spot when they return on Tuesday, Jan. 27 against the Carolina Hurricanes. Tickets are on sale, starting at $9.
1/14/15 - The Tampa Bay Lightning remain ranked first in the Atlantic Division, despite losses to both the Philadelphia Flyers and the Boston Bruins on the 12th and 13th respectively. The Lightning started the game against the Bruins strong, leading 2-1 with two goals by Steven Stamkos. However, the Bruins scored twice in a few minutes late in the second period, breaking some of the Lightning's momentum. After the Burin's David pastrnek scored for the second time early in the third period, the Lightning struggled against a 4-2 lead. Ryan Callahan was able to bring the game to a one-point difference at 14:18 in the third period, but the team was unable to score a tying goal. They will look to end this losing streak when they face the Edmonton Oilers on the 15th. Tickets remain on sale, starting at $11.
1/9/15 - The Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-2 on Jan. 6th, putting them first in the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference, with a season record of 26-12-4 and a total of 56 points so far. Two goals by Tyler Johnson and two more goals by J.T. Brown and Brett Connolly secured the victory for the Lightning. Goalie Ben Bishop helped with 20 saves, keeping the Canadiens at just two goals. The two teams are battling it out for the top of the conference, and the Lightning have won both times they have faced one another so far this year. The Lightning have won the past six out of seven games, and will look to add another win when they face the Buffalo Sabres on Jan. 9th at home. Tickets remain available, starting at $39.
12/30/14 - The Tampa Bay Lightning won 3-2 against the Toronto Maple Leafs on December 29. They were down 2-0 after the Leafs scored twice quickly in the first period. However, the Lightning rallied to win, with two goals in the second period by Ryan Callahan and Valterri Filpulla to tie and Steven Stamkos scoring the winning goal in the third period. With a 23-11-4 record, the Lightning are ranked 2nd in the Atlantic Division. They will look to continue their winning season when they face the Buffalo Sabres on December 31 for the final match of 2014, before coming back in 2015 with a string of away games, starting with the Pittsburgh Penguins on January 2nd. Tickets remain available for the Pittsburgh match, with prices as low as $10.
12/22/14 - Tampa Bay ended the game one point short of victory against the New Jersey Devils on Friday. With 41 seconds to go, the Lightning’s Nikita Kucherov tied the game at 2-2. The game ended in a shootout, and Patrik Elias of the Devils scored to bring the score to 2-3. Tampa Bay also fell to the New York Islanders, losing 1-3 on Tuesday. Tampa Bay’s 20-year-old goalie, Andrei Vasilevskiy kept his goal clear for 57 minutes, but the Islanders got three shots in near the end of the game. This game marked the end of a five-game road trip for Tampa Bay. The Lightning’s record now stands at 20-11-4 for the season. Come watch Tampa Bay Lightning play the Carolina Hurricanes on December 27. Tickets start at $27.
12/19/14 - It looks like the Tampa Bay Lighting may be turning things around again with a strong win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday. The Lightning has lost four out of their last five games, but that didn't stop them from shutting Philadelphia out in the second and third periods. When the game wore down, Tampa Bay was sitting pretty in the lead with 3-1. Steven Stamkos, Tyler Johnson, and Valtteri Filppula each got strong goals and Ryan Callahan picked up two assists. The Lightning remains at the top of their division with 20-10-3, three wins ahead of the second team, the Detroit Red Wings. Tampa Bay will be taking on the struggling New Jersey Devils next, and will return on the 23rd to play the leader of the Metropolitan Division, the Pittsburgh Penguins. Tickets start at $24.
12/12/14 - The Tampa Bay Lightning’s losing streak is no more with a solid win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday. Even though both teams took about 10 shots per period, no one was able to score any points until the end of the game. Then Nikita Kucherov took off, scoring the winning two points, the latter of which being in the game’s last 30 seconds. The Lightning is now at 19-8-3, still the leader for the Atlantic Division. The Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Canadiens, however, are close behind, trailing by only 2 and 1 win respectively. Tampa Bay will be fighting to keep their throne as they begin a series of away games, beginning with the Washington Capitals. They will return on the 23rd against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Tickets are available for $24.
12/5/14 - Heartbreakingly, the Tampa Bay Lightning ended their four-game winning streak on Tuesday, when they played the Buffalo Sabres. It was a very intense game that came down to the wire. Both teams were shutout in the first and second period, but the game tied at 1 point at the end of the third. Then the game went into double overtime before the Sabres were able to take the win. Ondrej Palat was the Lightning’s sole scorer with Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov assisting. Despite this loss, Tampa Bay is still the number one team for the Atlantic Division. However, sitting at 17-6-3, they have only a few less losses than the Montreal Canadiens, with whom they are tied for wins. They will be taking on the Sabres again on the 4th. Tickets are available for $10.
11/26/14 - It was a close call for the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night as they squeaked past the Minnesota Wild for a 2-1 victory at home, ending a two-game losing streak for the Lightning and bringing their record to 14-6-2. Team captain Steven Stamkos and Alex Killhorn scored the game-winning goals, and this makes four meets in a row that Killhorn has scored. The win was definitely a team effort, as Brian Boyle, Cedric Pacquette, Jarison Gellar, and Anton Stralman provided major blocking. Goaltender Ben Bishop’s performance was incredible, blocking 31 shots in all. In a pre-Thanksgiving match, Tampa Bay will take on the New York Rangers this Wednesday at home. Make sure you’re there to support the Lightning in person, with seats still available and starting at just $31.
11/21/14 - The Tampa Bay Lightning brought the New York Islanders’ five-game winning streak to a fatiguing halt on Saturday, when the Lightning achieved a 5-2 win against the Islanders. A rush of goals in the first half of the game made for a good show, and once the frenzy settled down, the Lightning were up 4-2. The Lightning stood firm and allowed little else from the Islanders for the rest of the game, but scored one more easy goal for themselves when Lightning’s Radko Gudas dipped a shot under Islanders’ goalie Chad Johnson’s glove. The Lightning played sharp all night, and it was a well-deserved win. The Lightning will face the New York Rangers on Monday November 17th, then battle the Islanders again on Tuesday, November 18th. Tickets for both events are still available for less than $50.
11/14/14 - The Tampa Bay Lightning have been looking to come back since their six game winning streak was broken. Thursday night’s game against the San Jose Sharks looked promising at first, but the Sharks were simply outshooting the Lightning. No goals were made until the second period when San Jose managed to get up on the Lightning 2-0. Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos was then able to score one goal, bringing the game to 2-1. The Lightning stepped it up in the third period by playing better overall. Unfortunately, Tampa Bay just couldn’t get any more goals in and fell to the Sharks with that final score. Tampa Bay will next face off against the New York Islanders at the Amalie arena on November 15th. Tickets are still available starting at $18.
11/7/14 - The Tampa Bay Lightning are having a great season at 1st in the Atlantic Division with an 8-3-1 record. They’re on a three game winning streak as they get ready to take their game on the road beginning Saturday, November 8 against the Columbus Blue Jackets, followed by the Detroit Red Wings, and the Chicago Blackhawks. The Lightning team has faced many injuries this season so their rank is especially encouraging at this stage in the season. Their last game against the Washington Capitals came down to the third period as the teams were evenly scored after two periods. You can get your tickets to their games now and watch them try to maintain their lead to get to the playoffs. Cheer your team to victory and enjoy a great evening of hockey fun!
10/31/14 - The Tampa Bay Lightning team is second in the Atlantic Division with a 6-3-1 record. After a devastating loss to the Minnesota Wild on October 25, they smashed the Arizona Coyotes with a 7-3 final score just three days later. The Lightning rank 4th in the NHL in overall goals per game. On Saturday, they face the Washington Capitals at the Amalie Arena and they hope to give the fans another win. Tampa Bay has grown its offense and has a strong goaltending team. Although they have lost an important defenseman Victor Hedman to a broken finger injury, they are staying positive that they can keep the momentum of their early victories. The Lightning’s Center, Steven Stamkos, is playing strong and leads the team with six goals. He’s a player to watch.
All things considered—from injuries to distractions off the ice—the Tampa Bay Lighting enter the 2014-2015 season off a successful campaign. The Lightning finished with the third best record in the Eastern Conference despite top center Steven Stamkos sidelined with a broken leg, dealing with captain Martin St. Louis’ trade request and starting net minder Ben Bishop's season ending arm injury one week before the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The NHL’s Cinderella Team returns healthy veterans and a promising squad of youngsters, so see how this playoff-caliber squad thrives in the 2014-2015 season with Tampa Bay Lighting tickets!
Regular season woes continued to mount in spring and the Lightning exited playoffs after being swept by the Montreal Canadiens in Round 1. Their problem with inexperience was remedied this summer by the acquisition of veterans Jason Garrison, Anton Stralman, Brian Boyle, Brenden Morrow and Evengi Nabokov—not to mention GM Steve Yzerman’s extension to Ryan Callahan. See this improved roster on their road to a second consecutive postseason with Tampa Bay Lightning tickets today!
The Lightning open their 82-game slate on Oct. 9 against the neighboring Panthers. Not long after, Tampa will seek vengeance over the Montreal Canadiens for cutting their postseason short in a must-see ice battle (Oct. 13). The controversial return of Martin St. Louis, now on the Rangers, will be commence Nov. 26 when New York visits Amalie Arena. See a Stamkos vs. Crosby showdown when the Pittsburgh Penguins come to town on Dec. 23, and fuel the rivalry when the Boston Bruins take a trip to Tampa on Jan. 13.
4/21/14 – Tampa Bay faces elimination Tuesday night at the Bell Centre in Game 4 of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. After dropping their first two games at home including a 5-4 OT loss, the Lightning fell 3-2 to the Canadiens in Montreal. A questionable call when the score was tied late in the second period, had Lightning fans ready to bolt referee Francis Charron. He had waved off a TB goal claiming Alex Killorn got in the way of Montreal goalie Carey Price. Even worse, Captain Steven Stamkos took a knee to the head at 16:09 of the second. The Centerman who did return during the third period is expected to play Game 4 as the Tampa Bay Lightning try to force a Game 5 at the Forum (get-in $42).
4/17/14 – Tampa Bay may have dropped the first game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but all is not lost with home-ice advantage and a 3-1 regular season record over No.3 seeded Montreal Canadiens. The Lightning will however be without their MVP this season Ben Bishop; the Blots goalie suffered an upper-body injury against the Maple Leafs earlier this month and is expected to miss the opening series. The East’s most improved team will take on Canada’s only hope Friday for Game 2 (avg. $126) at Tampa Bay Times Forum. If necessary Game 5 (avg. $151) and Game 7 (avg. $417) will be played April 24 and April 29 respectively in Tampa.
4/8/14 – The Lightning have lost their last two games in regulation; but with four games left, Tampa Bay has already locked up a playoff spot and is five points ahead of the Detroit Red Wings for third place in the Atlantic Division. If the standings stay the same, the Lightning will face Montreal in the opening round of the NHL playoffs. Tampa Bay Lightning playoff tickets for first round games at Tampa Bay Times Forum are as little as $39! Secure yours now and watch the division foes go lights out on their road to the Stanley Cup Finals.
4/2/14 – The Lightning clinched their first postseason berth since 2011 with a 3-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens Tuesday night. With the victory, Tampa Bay is in a second-place tie with Montreal in the Atlantic Division; if the standings remain as is, the Lightning and Canadiens would meet in the first round of the playoffs. Fighting for home-ice advantage in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Tampa Bay’s remaining six games are still very much relevant. Don’t miss the Lightning as they play five of those six at home including a Saturday matchup against Dallas who is leading the west wild card race. Tampa Bay Lightning tickets are just $6 this weekend against the Stars.
3/27/14 – The Lightning picked up one point in their last two games, but will look to record two in tonight’s matchup against the Islanders. Steven Stamkos has assimilated himself into the lineup without any hiccups, racking up ten points in his last seven games, including his seventh career hat trick last Wednesday. Act fast on Tampa Bay Lightning tickets and watch Stamkos’ hit his stride; the team will play seven of their last ten at home before the start of the NHL Playoffs.
3/19/14 – Tampa Bay has won three in a row heading into tonight’s matchup against Toronto. After picking up eight of a possible twelve points in their recent homestand, the Lightning passed the Leafs in the Atlantic Division standing making Wednesday’s meeting all the more intriguing. It’s the first of three road games for Tampa Bay; the Lightning will return home next week to play the Ottawa Senators (avg. $43) and New York Islanders (avg. $47) – with Tampa Bay Lightning tickets available for under $20 to both games. Ryan Callahan has four points in six games since being picked up from the Rangers at the NHL trade deadline.
3/10/14 – Tampa Bay will try to pick up their first win since Steven Stamkos (tibia) returned to the lineup last week. Stamkos became the 10th captain in Tampa Bay Lightning history following a blockbuster Captain for Captain trade with the Rangers. In the trade, Tampa Bay picked up new right wing, Ryan Callahan, and two high draft picks in exchange for Martin St. Louis. The last time two captains were traded for each other was 1981. Help the Lightning get their first win after their four-game losing streak with Tampa Bay Lightning tickets. Tonight’s matchup against the Phoenix Coyotes is averaging just $28, while Lightning tickets to see the Florida Panthers are slightly pricier, averaging $36, but still a steal!
3/3/14 – Tampa Bay (finally) returns to the Tampa Bay Times Forum for the first time since the Olympic break, Thursday! Steven Stamkos (tibia) is targeting the March 6 date vs. the Sabres as his return. Tampa Bay Lightning tickets are a mere $16 to get in the door. The last time the Sabres and Lightning took the ice to face each other, Tampa Bay came out on top in a close 3-2 victory. Two nights later, the Lightning will host the Boston Bruins in the most expensive game remaining at home, averaging $192.
2/25/14 - The Tampa Bay Lightning have been working hard in the wake of Steven Stamkos' injury to get the team to its current standing of second place in the Atlantic. Teddy Purcell and Ben Bishop have effectively held down the offense, and the squad is just about ready to welcome back their star, who is slated to return just after the March 5 trade deadline. The Lightning are reportedly in talks to make a big, and rather puzzling, move before the deadline: a one-for-one swap with the New York Rangers that would send TB captain Martin St. Louis to NY in exchange for captain Ryan Callahan. If this rumor proves true, you may see a different leader in the lineup for Tampa Bay's first home game back from Sochi on March 6. Tampa Bay Lightning tickets for their match against the Buffalo Sabres start at $17.
2/21/14 - Lightning's Steven Stamkos is on track to return after the Olympic break after missing 41 games with a broken right tibia. While Stamkos would like to play when the season resumes on Feb 27 at Nashville, a March 6 date would be the very latest. Which means, the centre will be back on the ice for the first Lightning home game post-Olympics. Tampa Bay Lightning tickets against the Sabres start at $17 in the upper level, $51 in the 200-level, and $47 in the lower level.
2/4/14 - The Tampa Bay Lightning will play two straight games at home leading into the Olympic break, beginning with Toronto Maple Leafs Thursday (avg. $68) whom the Lightning are neck-and-neck with in the division and Detroit Red Wings Saturday (avg. $115). But first, they’ll finish off their four game road trip in Minnesota for a Tuesday contest against the Wild. Ben Bishop will start for the Bolts tonight, with Decrick Desjardins backing him. At the start of the season the two teams met, and the Lightning came out on top 3-1.
1/29/14 – Tampa Bay may have dropped the first game of their four-game, eight-day road trip, but the Lightning are looking forward. To their star forward that is. Steven Stamkos practiced for the first time earlier in the week after suffering a broken right tibia November 11. Stamkos expects to be back before the Winter Olympic Games and that is good news for the team and fans. Tampa Bay Lightning tickets for remaining games at Tampa Bay Times Forum are averaging $84, down 71 percent since the start of the season and the biggest fall of any team in the league. Expect Lightning tickets to climb when Stamkos returns to the ice in potentially one of the next five games before the break.
This season, the Lightning look to challenge for a top spot in the realigned Atlantic Division and earn a postseason berth for the first time since 2011. After opening the season with road games against the Bruins (10/3), Blackhawks (10/5), and Sabres (10/8), the Lightning home opener comes on 10/10 against the Panthers. The average price for Lightning home tickets in 2013-14 is $104, 23rd highest in the league.
2/26/13 - Since becoming in 2004 the second squad from a non-traditional hockey market (after Dallas in 1999) to win a Stanley Cup, the Tampa Bay Lightning have ridden a roller coaster of sorts, between finishing out of the playoff race in four of the seven seasons following, and nearly making the Stanley Cup Finals in 2011, losing a hard-fought series to eventual champion Boston in seven games. This season has the Bolts scrambling to stay in the playoff hunt, dueling with fellow non-traditional market Carolina for Southeast Division supremacy. The Lightning are the NHL leaders in goals per game average, with center Stephen Stamkos leading the charge both in goals scored and in total points team and league-wide. Right wing Martin St. Louis is right on Stamkos's heels, leading the Lightning in assists. Also contributing to the Bolts high-powered offense are wings Cory Comacher, Benoit Pouliot, and Teddy Purcell; veteran center Vincent Lecavalier; and defenseman Victor Hedman. Another defenseman, Sami Salo, has had the good fortune to be on the ice much more often during scoring shifts, as he is one of the NHL's leaders in plus-minus. Defensively, however, the Bolts are another story, as goalies Anders Lindback and Mathieu Garon have had some difficulty keeping the puck out of the net, leading to a goals-against average which is among the worst in the league. Coach Guy Boucher has to be happy with the offense, but he will have his hands full with prodding the Lightning into the playoffs as long as the defense has holes.
How hot are Tampa Bay Lightning tickets? Tickets to see the Bolts play at Tampa Bay Times Forum average only $68 — one the five best NHL tickets deals this season. Lightning fans should expect to pay more when the Montreal Canadiens ($129), Pittsburgh Penguins ($120), and Philadelphia Flyers ($77) visit Tampa. Other upcoming games on the 2013 Tampa Bay Lightning schedule include: New York Islanders (3/14), New Jersey Devils (3/29), and Florida Panthers (4/2, 4/27). Surprisingly, Lightning road game tickets average almost $40 more per ticket than at home, with away games in major hockey markets like Boston, New York, Pittsburgh, and Toronto.