The Tampa Bay Lightning have maintained their outstanding pace early in 2014. Tampa Bay is tied for the Atlantic Division lead with 63 points and can thank a few certain individuals for their continued success in the new calendar year.
The Lightning have exceeded expectations this year and, despite injuries, have kept themselves in a dangerous spot for the postseason. Without the NHL's best goal scorer, the Lightning have the 11th-best offense in the league.
Their defense has improved drastically, which has minimized the effect of the injuries this year. There are some individuals who have performed at great levels in 2014 and some who haven't been treated well by the new calendar year.