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After three seasons of mediocrity, the Lightning has had a quick rise to the top of the Eastern Conference.
There is just too much star power for HBO to overlook.
The Bolts have Steven Stamkos, who tied with Sidney Crosby for the Rocket Richard Trophy last year. Stamkos had 50 goals in his rookie year and already has 31 in 2010-11.
Martin St. Louis, a member of the 2004 Stanley Cup team, has 51 points so far this season, which is good for third in the NHL. He continues to perform at a high level despite being 35 years old.
Tampa Bay is led by first year NHL coach Guy Boucher. While it is always exciting to see how a veteran head coach with many achievements under his belt keeps succeeding, what about following the life of a first year coach and how he has to adjust to coaching at a higher level?
Steve Yzerman, one of the greatest players in NHL history, is in his first year as the team’s General Manager. He wasted no time getting to work in the 2010 offseason, and HBO can get an inside look at how his work has paid off.
It is a popular opinion, but maybe not an accurate one, that the NHL does not fare well in warm weather markets. A “24/7” series with the Lightning could go a long way towards changing that. Tampa Bay could gain more fans, and more casual fans would become aware of the fact that there are talents in the league not named Sidney Crosby or Alexander Ovechkin.