WHERE THEY'LL FINISH
They might not finish near the top of the conference standings, but the Lightning will be there when the dust clears at the end of the regular season. Second in the Southeast and sixth in the East.
BUZZ FACTORStock even. Fans remained loyal to the Lightning in spite of a difficult season, selling out every home game and the season-ticket base is an impressive 14,000-15,000. Tampa will have to improve this season or start to feel the pinch in attendance.