With 10 games left in the 2013-14 NHL season, the Tampa Bay Lightning sit just two points out of second place in the Atlantic Division and have avoided major letdowns along the way. After finishing 28th in the NHL last season, the Bolts have been victim of only minor disappointments so far.
Barring any big collapse down the stretch, the Lightning should be headed back to the postseason for the first time since 2011. Tampa Bay has a seven-point lead on the final playoff spot and seven of its remaining games are at home.
Still, there are always some disappointments in each season. Whether they are individuals who haven’t played up to par or unfortunate circumstances, here are the Lightning’s five biggest letdowns this season.