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5 Burning Questions for Tampa Bay Lightning's 2013-14 Season

Eric SteitzAnalyst IIIOctober 12, 2016

5 Burning Questions for Tampa Bay Lightning's 2013-14 Season

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    The Tampa Bay Lightning look to make a new mark on the Atlantic Division this season.
    The Tampa Bay Lightning look to make a new mark on the Atlantic Division this season.Scott Iskowitz/Getty Images

    In just two weeks, the Tampa Bay Lighting will start their quest for the 2013-14 season. Every new season brings optimism and questions, and the Lightning have a few burning questions for themselves.

    Tampa Bay’s struggles in goal and on defense have been apparent for the past few seasons. Finishing in the bottom five of the league in each of the past two seasons (26th and 30th), the Bolts look to change their reputation in a new division. 

    With the season opener slated for Oct. 3 against the Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay will need to find answers to these five burning questions for the 2013-14 season.

Will Jonathan Drouin Play More Than Nine Games?

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    Jonathan Drouin hasn't had a great start to the preseason, but he has done enough to stick around.
    Jonathan Drouin hasn't had a great start to the preseason, but he has done enough to stick around.Jeff Griffith-USA TODAY Sports

    The Lightning’s 2013 first-round draft pick, Jonathan Drouin, has had a tough start to his NHL career. In his first preseason with the club, Drouin has yet to register a point—though he has only played in two games.

    Drouin is one of a group of players still fighting for roster spots. He survived the first wave of demotions partially due to a slick shootout winner against the Florida Panthers.

    Most signs point to Drouin being a part of the Lightning’s big club on opening day. The biggest question is, how long will he stay?

Will the Team Be Physical Enough to Make a Mark?

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    Radko Gudas has a physical side of his game. The Lightning will need to bring it on a nightly basis.
    Radko Gudas has a physical side of his game. The Lightning will need to bring it on a nightly basis.Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

What Will a Jon Cooper Team Look Like?

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    Jon Cooper begins his first complete season behind the Lightning bench in 2013-14.
    Jon Cooper begins his first complete season behind the Lightning bench in 2013-14.Grant Halverson/Getty Images

Is Steven Stamkos Ready to Win the Hart Trophy?

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    The NHL is full of top-level talent. Is Steven Stamkos ready to take his game to the Hart Trophy level?
    The NHL is full of top-level talent. Is Steven Stamkos ready to take his game to the Hart Trophy level?Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Can the Lightning Be Consistent Enough to Make the Playoffs?

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    The Lightning are looking to get back to the postseason for the first time since 2011.
    The Lightning are looking to get back to the postseason for the first time since 2011.Jeff Griffith-USA TODAY Sports

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