The Tampa Bay Lightning have been a top-10 offense for the last two seasons. With the returning stars up front, 2012-13 shouldn’t be any different.
The Lightning have high-profile forwards Steven Stamkos, Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis.
Additions of solid offensive defensemen, Sami Salo and Matt Carle, should help the Bolts’ special teams production.
Last season, the Bolts scored 232 goals, 2.83 goals per game. They were fourth in the league in five-on-five scoring with 173 goals.
Tampa’s strong five-on-five play hit a wall when they went on the power play.
In five-on-four situations, the Bolts had just 36 goals, 25th in the NHL. Tampa’s power-play unit converted just 15.2 percent of its chances, again 25th in the league.
Improvements on the blue line this offseason will help Tampa’s even-strength production, and more importantly, their special teams production.
With all the firepower in the TBL lineup, here is how all the production will stack up in 2012-13.