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2013 Results: Fourth place in Southeast Division; failed to make Stanley Cup playoffs.
Biggest Offseason Need: The Tampa Bay Lightning struggled to find their game all season, and they never were able to find their stride. That cost head coach Guy Boucher, who was fired during the season.
The Lightning have a solid team that can score, thanks in large part to superstar Steven Stamkos and super-quick Martin St. Louis.
However, the Lightning have a hard time keeping the puck out of the net. They traded promising rookie Cory Conacher to the Ottawa Senators for big goalie Ben Bishop. While Bishop looks like a solid prospect, the Lightning need to get him some defensive help.
Rising or Falling: After getting to the seventh game of the 2011 Eastern Conference Final, the Lightning have failed to make the playoffs two straight years. The tailspin stops here. The Lightning reverse their recent trend and get back to the postseason in 2013-14. They will be rising.