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Complete 2013-14 Season Preview for the Tampa Bay Lightning

Eric SteitzAnalyst IIINovember 6, 2016

Complete 2013-14 Season Preview for the Tampa Bay Lightning

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    The Tampa Bay Lightning’s preseason slate is finished and final roster tweaks should be soon. With the Bolts’ opening night on Oct. 3 in Boston, we can now take a complete look at the 2013-14 season.

    Fans will hope the preseason wasn’t a fluke. Much like the hot start to the abbreviated season last year, the Lightning went 5-2 in this year’s preseason. The Lightning went undefeated in four “home” games, which is a good sign.

    Still, preseason success doesn’t count towards the postseason—an achievement the Lightning haven’t earned since 2011. Head coach Jon Cooper has had a full offseason to make this team his own. Here is a complete look at the 2013-14 season for the Bolts.

Key Roster Changes

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    The Lightning could have a revolving door for a few spots. With all of the young talent and depth at forward, don’t be surprised to see new faces throughout the season.

    This offseason, the Bolts did a nice job of providing Cooper with his own team. Cooper should be able to put the systems and players into place through a few key offseason acquisitions.

     

    Arrivals: Valtteri Filppula (free agent), Jonathan Drouin (draft)

     

    Departures: Vincent Lecavalier (Philadelphia), Benoit Pouliot (New York Rangers)

     

    It was a quiet offseason for the Bolts. They will rely on organizational depth and young talent to complete the 82-game season, which includes the 2014 Winter Olympics. 

Projected 2013-14 Depth Chart

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Biggest X-Factor

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Best and Worst Case Scenarios

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Final Prediction

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