Despite two losses to the Boston Bruins, the Tampa Bay Lightning are off to a solid start. Coach Jon Cooper seems to have figured out strong line combinations in the early part of the season, which has resulted in a 5-3 record.
Overlooking the completely poor performance against Boston on Oct. 19, the Lightning have competed in every game this year. That is a significant improvement from last year’s inconsistency.
While it’s just eight games in, the Lightning have played solid hockey. With minimal turnover on the roster so far this season, Cooper’s lines have found some solid chemistry.
Here is a grade for each of the Lightning’s lines so far this season.