When the experts picked the NHL division favorites for the 2013-14 season, no one expected the Tampa Bay Lightning to be at the top. But after 16 games, the Lightning lead the Eastern Conference with 24 points and have a few surprising statistics that have helped get them to that point—outside of the record.
Let’s face it: Few would have expected the Bolts to be off to their torrid start. Tampa Bay is currently on a four-game winning streak and is tied with the Anaheim Ducks for the longest streak in the league.
The Lightning are also the hottest team in the Eastern Conference. They are 8-2-0 in their last 10 games. Only the Washington Capitals are close with a 7-2-1 record in that span.
With a 12-4-0 record, the Lightning have been impressive so far this season. Here are five statistics that have helped them get to that mark.