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Lightning power play got plenty of work

Friday, 09.30.2011 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 15

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

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Lightning power play got plenty of work
Advantage Margin: +34
The Lightning gave up a higher-than-average 302 power plays, but compensated by drawing 336 of their own, the second-highest total in the NHL.

Special Teams Goal Margin: +5
Tampa Bay's power play was prolific, scoring 69 times, and the penalty killers allowed only 49 goals. However, the Lightning allowed a League-worst 16 shorthanded goals while scoring just one of their own.

Goals by defensemen: 21
The Lightning got a shot of offense from Brett Clark, who was the runaway leader among their defensemen with 9 goals. No other defenseman who spent the season in Tampa Bay had more than four.

Overtime Record
Total: 14-5-6 OT: 8-5 SO: 6-6

The eight overtime victories were a community effort -- the winning goals were scored by seven players, with only Vincent Lecavalier getting more than one.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
2010-11 SEASON STATS

Category Rank (Conference)
2010-11 Points 103 (5th East/8th NHL)
Change from 2009-10 +23
Home Points 55 (2nd East/5th NHL)
Road Points 48 (7th East/12th NHL)
Times Scored First: 51
Record: 32-12-7

The Lightning led the NHL in scoring first and got the opening goal 30 times in 41 home games. However, they didn't do a good job of turning all those early goals into wins -- their .627 winning percentage was 24th.

Best 2010-11 Number: 96
Goals scored in the last two seasons by Steven Stamkos, the most by anyone in the NHL during that span. Stamkos, the top pick in the 2008 Entry Draft, started 2010-11 with 21 goals in 22 games and finished with 45, second-most in the League.   
       
Worst 2010-11 Number: 88
Goals allowed by the Lightning in the third period, while scoring just 64. The minus-24 goal differential cut Tampa Bay's differential for the season to just plus-7.
   
Scheduling
The Lightning begin their season with five in a row on the road and open the renovated St. Pete Times Forum on Oct. 17. They have a seven-game homestand, their longest of the season, in mid-March -- but finish the season by sandwiching a pair of three-game trips around two home games. They do get one break, with just 10 back-to-backs.
Quote of the Day

There was a lot of talk off the ice. From a player's standpoint, that's not the talk in the room. GMs make decisions, coaches make decisions, but as a team you have to come together and be ready to go, and we are.

— San Jose Sharks forward Tommy Wingels on his team's approach entering training camp