Tampa Bay Lightning: Strengths/Weaknesses of the Goaltending Tandem in 2012-13

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Tampa Bay Lightning: Strengths/Weaknesses of the Goaltending Tandem in 2012-13
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With the fall season approaching, it seems like every time you turn on a sports network you see a story about the quarterback competitions in the NFL.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have their own "quarterback" competition with goaltenders Mathieu Garon and Anders Lindback.

The Lightning were the worst team in the NHL in goals-against average (3.39 per game) and scored the first goal in just 43 contests in 2011-12.

If you think goals against isn't important, the top 10 teams in the league in goals against all made the playoffs. Los Angeles, the Stanley Cup champions, finished second in the regular season (2.07 GAA).

Tampa Bay should understand the importance of scoring first also. They went 11-24-4 last season when they trailed first.

The Bolts were 27-12-4 when they scored first.

It took Tampa Bay's tenders a while to get going last season. They gave up 187 goals in the first two periods, worst in the NHL.

Now, this doesn't fall squarely on the shoulders of the goaltenders. An improved defense this offseason will help the Bolts keep pucks away from their crease.

The Bolts were seventh in the league in blocked shots (1,278).

But should the puck get to the net, Tampa Bay could be in good shape.

Here are the strengths and weaknesses of the current goaltending tandem of Lindback and Garon.

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