ESPN even more bullish on Lightning after revisiting its Stanley Cup picks

Lightning center Brayden Point (21) celebrates after beating Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard for a goal during a game last month at Amalie Arena in Tampa. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times  ]
Lightning center Brayden Point (21) celebrates after beating Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard for a goal during a game last month at Amalie Arena in Tampa. [DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published November 6 2018
Updated November 6 2018

ESPN senior NHL writer Greg Wyshynski picked the Lightning to win the Stanley Cup before the season began.

How comfortable is he with that prognosis one month in?

"Like 'lounging in a recliner in your cozies with a cup of hot cocoa watching HGTV' comfortable," Wyshynski writes.

ESPN today revisited its preseason picks for breakout player, Stanley Cup finalists, surprise player and more.

And if they liked the Lightning's chances before the season, they sound even more confident in the team now that it leads the Atlantic Division with 21 points — one behind the league-leading Predators.

Associate editor Ben Arledge is sticking with his pick of the Lightning over the Jets in the Stanley Cup final.

"There's no reason to backtrack at this point," he writes. "The Bolts' 10-3-1 record is good for second in the entire league, as seven players already have double-digit points and Brayden Point is establishing himself as a real offensive threat. Oh, and Andrei Vasilevskiy is putting up Vezina Trophy-caliber numbers in goal. What's not to love here?"

National NHL reporter Emily Kaplan still feels good about choosing the Jets to beat the Lightning in the final. But she is second-guessing herself on how Tampa Bay will reach the final series.

"I do regret not picking the Lightning to win the Atlantic (she picked the Maple Leafs)," she writes. "Tampa Bay is looking like a wagon in the regular season once again."

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