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Lightning: Times staff predictions for Tampa Bay's season

Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91), center, advances the puck through Nashville's zone against Nashville Predators center Emil Pettersson (65) during the first period of a Sept. 22, 2017 preseason game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Nashville Predators at Amalie Arena in Tampa. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times


Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91), center, advances the puck through Nashville's zone against Nashville Predators center Emil Pettersson (65) during the first period of a Sept. 22, 2017 preseason game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Nashville Predators at Amalie Arena in Tampa. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

Here are the Times' Lightning coverage team's predictions for the season, which starts at home Friday against the Florida Panthers:

question Joe Smith, @TBTimes_JSmith Tom Jones, @tomwjones Martin Fennelly, @mjfennelly Roger Mooney, @rogermooney50
Stamkos games 79 77 65 80
Stamkos goals 36 35 38 41
Lightning All-Stars Kucherov, Hedman, Stamkos Kucherov, Stamkos, Hedman Kucherov, Stamkos, Hedman Hedman, Kucherov
Mikhail Sergachev: NHL or junior? NHL NHL NHL NHL
Lightning division finish Second Second First First
Drouin will.. be an All-Star in Montreal lead the Habs in scoring score 25 goals in Montreal start living up to the hype
Most impactful newcomer Sergachev Chris Kunitz Sergachev Chris Kunitz
Vasilevskiy wins 38 games 37 games 39 games 40 games
Hedman win Norris? Yes No Yes No
Breakout player Yanni Gourde Mikhail Sergachev Vladislav Namestnikov Andrei Vasilevskiy
How will Lightning season end? Cup Final With a loss in second round of postseason Loss in conference final Playing for the Cup

Lightning: Times staff predictions for Tampa Bay's season 10/06/17 [Last modified: Friday, October 6, 2017 1:51pm]
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