Fifty-six numbers to help prepare you for the abbreviated 56-game 2021 NHL season:Times in their previous 27 seasons the Lightning have made the playoffs.Times the Lightning have made the Stanley Cup final.Times the Lightning have won the Stanley Cup.Team that has won back-to-back Stanley Cups since 1999: the Penguins (2016, 2017).Days between Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final and the 2021 season opener.Days between the Jan. 13 start of the season and the May 11 expected start of the postseason.Games the Lightning had played by Jan. 13 last season. They started 27-14-4 and had a 10-game win streak (their second longest of the season) ended with a 3-1 loss to the Devils on Jan. 12.Victories in the first 56 games last season for the Lightning, who went 36-15-5 during that stretch.Value of a single game compared with a normal 82-game season.Fans allowed for games at Amalie Arena until at least Feb. 5 due to rising coronavirus cases in Hillsborough County.Three-game series on the Lightning’s schedule. They are to play in Chicago on March 4, 5 and 7.Days from the start of the season to the Lightning’s first scheduled road trip (at Columbus on Jan. 21 and 23).Games in the Lightning’s longest scheduled stretch of home games, from April 15-25, two games each against Florida, Carolina and Columbus.Days scheduled without games during the regular season. The longest scheduled stretch between games is three days, from April 28-30.Games scheduled to be played in the regular season by the 31 teams.Percentage fewer games to be played this year from a normal 82-game schedule.Previous seasons shortened since the NHL adopted the 82-game format for the regular season in 1995-96. The 2004-05 season wasn’t played due to a lockout; 2012-13 was shortened to 48 games because of another lockout; 2019-20 was shortened to 68-71 games due to the coronavirus pandemic shutdown.Percentage of the 1994-95 season cancelled due to a lockout. The 84-game schedule was cut to 48 games.Percentage of the 2004-05 season lost to a lockout.Percentage of the 82-game 2012-13 season lost to a lockout.Years since the NHL last cancelled the All-Star Game. The 2014 game was not played due to it falling during the Winter Olympics, in which NHL players participated in Sochi, Russia. No All-Star Game will be held this season.Salary cap for this season.Players not returning from the Lightning’s Cup-winning roster. Defenseman Zach Bogosian signed with Toronto. Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk found a new home in Anaheim. Defenseman Braydon Coburn and center Cedric Paquette were traded to Ottawa. Forward Carter Verhaeghe went to the Panthers. AHL goaltender Scott Wedgewood also is gone.Percentage of the Lightning’s scoring (in points) no longer around following the departures of Bogosian, Shattenkirk and Paquette, among others.Games Lightning leading scorer Nikita Kucherov is expected to miss — meaning all of the regular season — due to a hip injury.Percentage of Lightning’s regular-season point totals (657) that Nikita Kucherov (85) accounted for last season.Points scored by Kucherov through 56 games (27 goals) last season. The wing wound up leading the Lightning in points (85), goals (33) and assists (52).Wins in 52 games by goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy last season, most in the NHL.Postseason wins last season by Vasilevskiy, most in the league.Games Tampa Bay is scheduled to play against each of its seven new Central opponents.Times in the past six seasons a team from the new Central Division appeared in the Stanley Cup final (2015, 2017, 2020), including two in 2015 (Lightning, Blackhawks) and 2020 (Lightning, Stars).Combined Lightning wins in their past 10 regular- season meetings against their Central opponents, with 13 regulation losses and nine overtime losses.Years since the teams that competed for the Stanley Cup in the previous season will play in the same division the following season. The Islanders and Flyers played in the Patrick Division in 1980-81 after New York defeated Philadelphia in the 1979-80 Cup final.Seasons since Lightning played their first NHL game against the Blackhawks on Oct. 7, 1992. They won 7-3 behind four goals from forward Chris Kontos.Former Tampa Bay coaches or executives in the Central Division. Columbus’ John Tortorella led the Lightning for six seasons, including their first Stanley Cup in 2004. Detroit’s Steve Yzerman was the Lightning’s general manager eight seasons and helped acquire many of the players who helped bring the Cup back to Tampa in 2020. Dallas coach Rick Bowness is a former assistant to coach Jon Cooper.Consecutive years in which the Lightning and Panthers have been division rivals, the longest active run in the Central Division.Seasons the Panthers have gone without a postseason series win, the league’s longest current drought. Florida’s last was a 4-3 series win in 1995-96 over Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference final. The Panthers were swept in four games in the Stanley Cup final by the Avalanche.Teams of the eight in the Central Division that made it to last year’s expanded postseason. The only team that didn’t make it was Detroit.Players in the Central Division who have won NHL awards, including four Lightning players: Victor Hedman (Norris Trophy, 2017-18, Conn Smythe Trophy 2019-20), Andrei Vasilevskiy (Vezina Trophy, 2018-19), Nikita Kucherov (Art Ross Trophy, Hart Memorial Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award, 2018-19), Steven Stamkos (Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy, 2009-10, 2011-12).Former Lightning players in the Central Division as of Sunday: Florida’s Brett Connolly, Radko Gudas, Anton Stralman and Carter Verhaeghe; Dallas’ Ben Bishop; and Detroit’s Adam Erne and Valtteri Filppula.Stanley Cup title wins spread across the Central Division, third behind the North (42) and East (25) and ahead of the West (6). The Red Wings have 11, Blackhawks six, Lightning two, and Hurricanes and Stars one apiece.Sets of back-to-back games the Lightning have scheduled.Games scheduled in which the Lightning have at least one day of rest on their opponent.Games scheduled in which the Lightning and their opponent will compete on two or more days of rest.Games scheduled in which the Lightning and their opponent will compete on no rest.Player reportedly opting out of the season: Buffalo defenseman Casey Nelson.Cost for an NHL.TV All-Access season package .Odds from betonline.ag that Victor Hedman will win the Norris Trophy.Odds Steven Stamkos will win the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy.Odds Andrei Vasilevskiy will win the Vezina Trophy.Odds Jon Cooper will win the Jack Adams Award.Odds Stamkos will win the Art Ross Trophy.Odds Brayden Point will win the Hart Trophy.Odds Alex Volkov will win the Calder Trophy.Odds the Lightning will win the Central Division.Odds of the Lightning winning the Stanley Cup. 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