The Tampa Bay Lightning have their work cut out for them in the newly-aligned Atlantic Division which includes a few teams that will make things tough. Much like in the Wizard of Oz, the Lightning “aren’t in Kansas anymore,” no longer blessed with the relative ease of the Southeast Division.
The Bolts join a division that included five playoff teams last season and four in 2011-12. Tampa Bay joins the Atlantic, which has four of the Original Six teams in the league. It is the ultimate opportunity to prove that hockey can belong in warm climates.
The 2013-14 campaign will not be easy for the Bolts in the new division, but these are the teams that will give the Lightning the most problems this season.