Lightning moves up to third in power rankings
It's hard to believe, actually, that we're in late January and the Lightning might have the third-best team in the NHL. After the last three seasons, it's nice that we're this deep into the season and the Lightning is playing meaningful games. Sports Illustrated hockey writer Brian Cazeneuve has the Bolts third in his latest power rankings, behind only the Flyers and Canucks and ahead of such teams as the Penguins, Red Wings and Capitals. About the Lightning, Cazeneuve writes:
After 19 straight one-goal wins, the Bolts enjoyed a 7-1 laugher against the Thrashers, their 11th straight win over their divisional patsies. Not that they were doing too shabbily in the squeakers. With names like Stamkos, St. Louis and Lecavalier available for a shootout against Atlanta, coach Guy Boucher used Victor Hedman, Ryan Malone and Dominic Moore, who scored the winner in just his third career try. The next night, Moore tallied again in an SO win over Florida.
Actually, that stat of 19 straight one-goal wins is not correct, but the Lightning has won 14 of 20 by one goal. Click here to read SI's complete power rankings.
Meantime, the Lightning are fourth in ESPN's power rankings with the Flyers, Stars and Canucks taking up the top three spots.