Tampa Bay Lightning

By Zoey G.

The Tampa Bay Lightning season recently started in a game against their playoff competitor, the New York Rangers. The Tampa Bay Lightning have been hard fighters for the past few years, making it to the playoffs and the Stanley Cup finals for multiple years. According to the Tampa Bay Lightning website, the regular season for the Tampa Bay Lightning will be 82 games in total with 41 games home and 41 games away. The regular season started on Oct. 11, 2022. 

This year is the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 30th year anniversary. Over the last few years, Tampa as a whole has had the most memorable wins with its sports teams. One example of this would be the year the Lightning won the Stanley Cup, the Bucs won the Super Bowl, the Rays came close to winning the World Series, and the Rowdies won the Bronze trophy. The Tampa Bay Lightning started off Tampa’s winning streak with their Stanley Cup win. 

As of Nov. 1, we are 10 games in with some good wins. According to the Tampa Bay Lightning website, we are at 6 wins and 4 loses. The Tampa Bay Lightning is third in the Eastern Conference.

Nov: Recently one of Tampa Bay Lightning’s star players, Victor Hedman, has been out of practices and games due to an upper-body injury that occurred during the game against the San Jose Sharks. He played in the game on Saturday, Nov. 5 against the Buffalo Sabres and seems like he’s back for good.

Zach Bogosian and Anthony Cirreli both had shoulder injuries and are in recovery. They haven’t played in the 2022-2023 season so far. On Nov. 21, Zach Bogosian played against the Boston Bruins at Home (Amalie Arena) back and healthy.

Mid-season report: According to the Tampa Bay Lightning website, the Tampa Bay Lightning are 3rd in their division along with 2nd place Toronto Maple Leafs and 1st place Boston Bruins. The Tampa Bay Lightning are 3rd in the Atlantic division because they have 29 wins out of 45 games and have 59 points (as of Jan. 23rd, 2023). The Captain of the Tampa Bay Lightning Steven Stamkos recently has been adding to the success of the Tampa Bay Lightning by surpassing 500 goals in under 1000 games. A couple of other key players that have helped the Tampa Bay Lightning are Brayden Point with his 27 goals scored (most on the team as of Jan. 23rd 2023) and Nikita Kucherov with his 66 points and 48 assists (most on the team as of Jan 23rd 2023). The Tampa Bay Lightning’s top 10 point scorers are; 1) Nikita Kucherov with 66 points, 2) Steven Stamkos with 54 points, 3) Brayden Point with 49 points, 4) Brandon Hagel with 39 points, 5) Alex Killorn with 33 points, 6) Mikhail Sergachev with 31 points, 7) Victor Herman with 31 points, 8) Nicholas Paul with 26 points, 9) Ross Colton with 18 points, and last but not least 10) Correy Perry with 16 points.

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