NHL.com continues its preview of the 2013-14 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.
Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper is the first to admit that getting behind the bench for a handful of games last season has given him a base for managing a full season.
"In those 15 games (the team went 4-8-3), I got to know some of the NHL landscape, the players and how to adapt to life in the League," Cooper told NHL.com. "To be around it for the month-and-a-half I was here, I think I set myself farther ahead to help put our team in a better position."
Cooper's first full season as an NHL coach comes at a time when the League has undergone realignment, and the Lightning now play in the eight-team Atlantic Division.