The Tampa Bay Lightning’s start to the 2015-16 season has been underwhelming, to say the least. Not only does the team look nothing like the squad that made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Final last season, but it is also in serious danger of missing the playoffs. Yes, it’s only December, but the NHL’s playoff picture has this funny habit of sorting itself out earlier than the spring. The bottom line is that most Lightning players have failed to live up to expectations set based on previous performance.
Emphasis on “most.”