Tampa Bay Lightning: One of the Greatest Teams in NHL History
The NHL has had many great teams throughout its history. Most of them are the blue blood of the league. Those teams are the Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs, and the New York Rangers. Of course, these are the original six. The question that was given to me is the 2018-19 Tampa Bay Lightning one of the greatest teams in NHL history? This year Lightning has been great all year. The answer to the question is yes, I believe they are.
Currently, the Lightning has 60 wins with three games left. The most in a season were by the Detroit Red Wings they had 62 in the 1995-96 season. If the Lightning wins their final three games, they will break the record. They will not be able to catch the record for most points, even if they win the final three, they will be 2-points short of the Montreal Canadiens. The Lightning has the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Boston Bruins left on their schedule. I believe they can win 2 or all their remaining games.
As a team, they had been on top since November of 2018. The team has three players that are over 90-points. Those players are Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos, and Brayden Point. All three have been keys to the teams’ success this year. Kucherov might be a shoo-in for the Hart Trophy. Stamkos is having one of the best years of his career. Point is a talented player who has shown why he is an elite player in the NHL.
The weakness last year was defense. This year that has not been an issue. Once again, they are led by Victor Hedman. Another defenseman that has shined is Ryan McDonagh. McDonagh has a solid season. The rest of the defense has also been good like Mikhail Sergachev and Erik Cernak just name a few. The goaltending has been great as well with the combination of Andrei Vasilevskiy, Louis Domingue and Edward Pasquale. Between Vasilevskiy and Domingue they are averaging a 2.65 goal against average which is good among goalie tandems in the NHL.
This time has used its depth. If a player gets hurt or is out for a while the next player steps up. In fact, the team already has claimed the Presidents Trophy. Thus, they are the favorite to win the Stanley Cup. Nevertheless, this team will go down as one the best in NHL history. However, we are hoping that they will bring home the Stanley Cup as they did in 2004.
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