The Tampa Bay Lightning have been a bit of a surprise in the Eastern Conference this season, and their playoff position has been surrounded by a few storylines that don’t go away. Through 34 games, the Lightning sit fourth in the Eastern Conference and are an impressive 12-3-1 on home ice.
Tampa Bay will continue to battle without superstar Steven Stamkos and a laundry list of injured players. For the Lightning’s game against Detroit on Dec. 15, they had six players on the injury report. To be fair, they aren’t the only team facing injury concerns. Teams like Detroit, Pittsburgh and St. Louis are also feeling the bite of the injury bug.
As we approach the midway point of the season, there are a few storylines for Lightning fans that just don’t seem to be going away. Some have even carried over from the preseason.