Since winning the Stanley Cup in the 2003-04 postseason, it's been nearly four years since the Tampa Bay Lightning have even made the NHL playoffs.
That stands to change this season.
When new Owner Jeff Vinik took control of the Bolts, he quickly earned fans' confidence by hiring former Detroit Red Wing and Hall of Famer Steve Yzerman as the club's new general manager.
Yzerman then hired Head Coach Guy Boucher, who led the Hamilton Bulldogs to a 52-17-3 record in the American Hockey League.
With Boucher at the helm, the team is playing some of its best hockey in years, sitting in first in the Southeast Division and second place in the Eastern Conference at the season's halfway point.
Looking ahead to the second half of the season, here are five reasons why Tampa Bay will make another run at the Stanley Cup.