The Tampa Bay Lightning’s season missed the mark in 2013 and brought up three pressing problems: sloppiness in the defensive zone, injuries and a lack of physicality. Fortunately, there are answers to these problems.
Few outside the Lightning faithful expected great things this season, but finishing 28th in the league didn’t seem like it would happen either. With some of the league’s best offensive weapons, Tampa Bay is a fun team to watch when it is playing well. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen often in 2013.
The Lightning finished with the third-best offense in the league (3.06 goals per game). They also had the top-two individual scorers with Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos. With so much positive on offense, things must be pretty bad elsewhere to not make the playoffs.
But there are solutions.