Lightning remain top team in NHL

Lightning players participate in the 2019 NHL All-Star Game.

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Lightning players participate in the 2019 NHL All-Star Game.

Jordan Dabbour, Staff Writer & Social Media Coordinator

Tampa Bay, Fla.–The Tampa Bay Lightning remain the top team in the National Hockey League with a record of 36 wins, nine losses, and two overtime or shootout losses in 47 games throughout the season. According to ESPN.com, the Lightning are the favorite from the Eastern Conference to go to the Stanley Cup Finals. If the Lightning go to the Stanley Cup Finals, they will face off either the Nashville Predators or the Winnipeg Jets who represent the Western Conference.

The Lightning are led by the NHL point leader Nikita Kucherov, 25, who has twenty-two goals and fifty-three assists putting him in the player lead with 75 points as of Jan. 16, 2019. With the Lightning losing star goalie, Andrei Vasilevskiy, 24, the team was led by their back-up goalie, Louis Domingue, 26, who played from Nov. 13 to Dec. 10 and won eleven games out of the fourteen he played. Vasilevskiy made his return on Dec. 13, 2018, in which he won against the Toronto Maple Leafs and only allowed one goal.

On Jan. 2, 2019, the NHL announced the 2019 All-Star game rosters. Lightning Captain, Steven Stamkos, and Lightning player, Nikita Kucherov, were been selected to represent the Lightning. On Jan. 5, 2019, the coaches for the All-Star game were announced. Lightning coach, Jon Cooper, was selected to coach the Atlantic Division. On Jan. 8, 2019, Lightning goalie, Andrei Vasilevskiy, was named to the roster as a replacement for Montreal Canadians goalie, Carey Price. Unfortunately, the Lightning’s top goal scorer, Brayden Point, was not selected after being a candidate for the NHL All-Star game “Last men in” vote. Point, 22, has twenty-nine goals through the season so far with thirty-two assists totaling 61 points.

The Lightning are doing very well as a team with some of the top scorers in the league. Despite some injuries, the Lightning have bounced back and are on top of the NHL.