Buying or Selling Tampa Bay Lightning Players' Hot Starts in 2013-14
The Lightning haven’t played any middle-of-the-pack teams in the league. With games against Pittsburgh, Chicago and Boston in the highest tier of the standings and games against Buffalo and Florida in the lowest, Tampa Bay is just trying to find consistency in the schedule and on the ice.
The usual suspects lead the pack for the Bolts this season. Secondary scoring hasn’t been an issue early, though, which has helped the Lightning stay above .500.
Five games in, find out whose hot starts to be buying or selling in 2013-14.
Martin St. Louis
Teddy Purcell has been waiting for his breakout season. This one just might be the year. He leads the team in power-play points (three) and plus/minus rating (plus-four) and is tied for second in points (six).
Converting on 33 percent of his shots, Purcell has started strong as a presence at the top of the crease. Also riding a four-game point streak, Purcell has scored three goals on his past four shots.
Hopefully this is the start he needs to gain some confidence in the offensive zone. Purcell has a nice release and needs to put the puck on net.
Purcell averages nearly 150 shots per season in each of his past three. If he continues that pace and takes advantage of the open space created by Filppula’s hands, this could be that breakout year for Teddy.
We’re buying Purcell’s hot start this season.
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