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Advantage Margin -16

The Lightning were the best-disciplined team in the East and fourth in the NHL, allowing opponents just 312 power plays. But they were last in the League with only 296 power plays, largely negating their No. 5 ranking with the man advantage.

Even-Strength Goals Margin -46

Opponents riddled the Lightning when the teams were playing at even strength. They had a goals for/against ratio of .76 when playing 5-on-5, worse than every team but Atlanta.
   
Special Teams Goal Margin +1

Tampa Bay can’t blame its last-in-the-League finish on its special teams. The power play was fifth in the NHL at 19.3 percent and the penalty killers allowed only 56 goals, tied for the seventh-fewest in the League.

Goals by defensemen 29

With Dan Boyle (since traded) sidelined by injury for much of the season, the Lightning got a boost from Paul Ranger, who led the way with 10 goals and tied Filip Kuba for the team lead with 31 points.       

Overtime Record             Total: 4-8-1  |  OT: 2-8  |  SO: 2-1

No team played fewer shootouts than the Lightning, who were 1-0 at home and 1-1 on the road. But the Bolts’ eight OT losses tied St. Louis for the most in the League.
   

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
2007-08 SEASON STATS

Category Rank (Conference)
2007-08 Points 71
(15TH eAst/29th NHL)
Change from 2006-07 -22
Home Points 43
(12th eAst/25th NHL)
Away Points 28
(15th eAst/30th NHL)

Times Scored First 38, Record 22-11-5   

Tampa Bay’s .579 winning percentage when scoring first was 28th among the 30 NHL teams, better only than St. Louis and Los Angeles. The Lightning’s 11 regulation losses when scoring first were more than everyone except San Jose and Chicago, each of which had 13.

Best 07-08 Number  8-4-1

Tampa Bay’s record on Tuesdays. The Bolts sandwiched their best night of the week in between the two worst — Mondays (0-4-1) and Wednesdays (3-8-1)

Worst 07-08 Number 0

Games won by the Lightning when trailing after two periods. Tampa Bay was 0-25-2 when the opposition led after 40 minutes — the only team that failed to win at least once when behind entering the third period.
   
Scheduling

The rebuilt Lightning will get plenty of home cooking to start the season — the Bolts open with two games against the Rangers in Prague, then play their first five games in North America at home. They face a miserable stretch from Dec. 8-Jan. 13, when they play 13 of 17 away from home, ending with a five-game trip that includes four games our West.

Season preview

NORTHEAST

Boston
Buffalo
Montreal
Ottawa
Toronto

SOUTHEAST

Atlanta
Carolina
Florida
Tampa Bay
Washington

Central

Chicago
Columbus
Detroit
Nashville
St. Louis

Northwest

Calgary
Colorado
Edmonton
Minnesota
Vancouver

Pacific

Anaheim
Dallas
Los Angeles
Phoenix
San Jose

 

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