The Tampa Bay Lightning are sitting pretty in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. They have gotten some huge individual performances in the first half to help guide them to the top of the playoff standings. There are a few players that need to pick up their game in the second half, though, if the Bolts are going to solidify a playoff push.
Tampa Bay is still two points behind Boston for the top spot in the Atlantic Division and holds a slim one-point lead over Montreal for third. That's an impressive turnaround for a team that picked third in last year's NHL draft.
Individual efforts from Ben Bishop, Martin St. Louis, Valtteri Filppula and Victor Hedman have bolstered this team to a respectable level again. The Lightning will need a full team effort to continue their playoff position down the stretch. That means these five players will need to step up their games in the second half of the season.