Once again the Tampa Bay Lightning are in the running for the Stanley Cup.
Tonight the Bolts take on the New Jersey Devils at Amelie Arena, with the face-off set for 7pm.
In hindsight, it's difficult to think that the Lightning finished last season on the outside looking in after watching them skate circles around opponents most of this year. Steven Stamkos' return and a Hart Trophy-worthy performance from Nikita Kucherov give the Bolts the NHL's most potent offense, their best tool in an attempt to chase down a Stanley Cup for the first time since 2003.
This is also the first taste of the playoffs for Taylor Hall, who's neck-and-neck with Kucherov for MVP honors. Without him, Devils don't sniff the final playoff spot, ending their streak of five consecutive misses.
Here is the schedule of games for the Lightning vs. Devils:
- Game 2: April 14 at Tampa Bay, 3 p.m.
- Game 3: April 16 at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m.
- Game 4: April 18 at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m.
- *Game 5: April 21 at Tampa Bay, TBD
- *Game 6: April 23 at New Jersey, TBD
So, if you haven't already... let's all show our support by wearing your Lightning gear to work today. Go Bolts!