The Tampa Bay Lightning have provided highs and lows in their first 21 seasons in the NHL. The Bolts have appeared in the Stanley Cup playoffs seven times. Conversely, they have finished fifth or lower in their division nine times. Combined, the Bolts have put together some surprising seasons in their history.
After joining the league in 1992-93, the Lightning missed the playoffs in nine of their first 10 seasons, including the lockout-shortened campaign in 1994-95. They also had six seasons with less than 60 points during that span, and things looked awfully dim in the Sunshine State.
Fortunately for Lightning fans, the team turned things in a positive direction in the early 2000s and have maintained a competitive club for the majority of the century. With such polarizing campaigns in the franchise's history, here are the five most surprising seasons.