The midseason awards for the Tampa Bay Lightning are just as competitive as the team has been throughout the first half of the year. With so many players putting up great numbers and efforts on a nightly basis, the Bolts have fierce competition for spots like most valuable player, best forward and best defenseman.
With three games to go before the midway point in the season, the Lightning sit in third place in the Eastern Conference despite playing at less than full strength—but what team in the NHL is full strength this time of year?
After a shootout loss to Montreal on Dec. 28, the Bolts sit just four points behind division-leading Boston. With a 6-1-3 record in the last 10 games, Tampa Bay is one of the hottest teams in the league.
The strong first half has been buoyed by solid individual performances since the first puck dropped nearly three months ago. There are some surprising—and not-so-surprising—midseason awards for the Tampa Bay Lightning as we approach the new year.