Despite injuries that sidelined stars Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov for long stretches, the Tampa Bay Lightning reached the NHL’s All-Star break in a solid position in the standings.
They are second in their division to the Florida Panthers and, barring a cataclysmic collapse in the final 36 games of the regular season, they should be a shoo-in to make the playoffs as a highly seeded team.
Meanwhile, Victor Hedman, Andre Vasilevskiy and Steven Stamkos will represent the team in Saturday’s NHL All-Star Game in Las Vegas. The team returns to action Feb. 10 against the Colorado Avalanche in Denver.
– Joe Henderson, Extensive Enterprises Media