Mishkin's Musings: Three thoughts at the halfway point
Dave Mishkin on playoff positioning, line shuffling and team defenseby Dave Mishkin @DaveMishkin / TampaBayLightning.com
Following their victory over St. Louis on Saturday, the Lightning officially reached the halfway point of their regular season. Here are three thoughts as the team prepares to begin the second half.
Mishkin's Musings: Three keys to a 5-1 homestand
Strong third periods, a balanced attack and sturdy defense led Tampa Bay to a dominant homestandby Dave Mishkin @DaveMishkin / TampaBayLightning.com
The Lightning's season-long six-game homestand ended successfully on Thursday with a 4-1 victory over Columbus. They also posted victories over Toronto, Nashville, Florida, and Seattle. Their only defeat came versus Detroit, a game in which they peppered goaltender Ville Husso with 30 third-period shots. So the Lightning can feel good about what they accomplished during the past two weeks. Here are three reasons why they were able to bank 10 out of 12 possible points.
Mishkin's Musings: A couple of thoughts at the quarter pole
20 games into the season, the Lightning are earning points at a strong pace and improving their playby Dave Mishkin @DaveMishkin / TampaBayLightning.com
With their 5-2 win over the Blues on Friday, the Lightning reached the 20-game mark. Essentially one-quarter of the way through the regular season. Here are a couple of thoughts as we prepare to turn the calendar from November to December.
Mishkin's Musings: Three thoughts as November begins
Dave Mishkin on Perbix's strong debut, Hagel fitting in on the top line and a crowded Eastern Conferenceby Dave Mishkin @DaveMishkin / TampaBayLightning.com
As detailed in my Musings column from the beginning of the season, the Lightning were staring at a daunting October schedule. Seven of nine on the road, with three separate sets of back-to-back games.
After recording just one win in their first four games, the Lightning recovered to pick up four victories in their next five. They navigated through the season's opening month with a 5-4-0 record. Now, as the calendar flips to November, the Lightning will play 15 of their next 20 at Amalie Arena.
Here are three developing storylines from the season's opening month.
Mishkin's Musings: Three early-season questions
Dave Mishkin on a road-heavy start, hitting the ground running and finding roles for new facesby Dave Mishkin @DaveMishkin / TampaBayLightning.com
Here are three early-season questions for the Lightning as they prepare to begin their 30th anniversary campaign