In 1996, the team moved to the Tampa Bay Times Forum that was built at a cost of $139
million. A naming rights deal helped to pay off most of those costs. Ticket sales for games
are always good, as Tampa Bay Lightning tickets sell out very quickly. Sales for rivalry
games are even better. The arena is also a host to basketball games, arena football games,
Wrestling events, and concerts.
Up and down is something that Tampa Bay Lightning tickets holders are very used to. Their
team has gone from being great to rubbish on many occasions. This happened in the mid-
nineties. The 1995-1997 seasons were great, with the team being free scoring and looking
like a playoff threat. However, 1997-98 was absolutely terrible when the team finished last
in the league.
Fans of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Lightning tickets holders have enjoyed
seeing some great players the past few years. Dino Ciccarelli and Denis Savard are two hall
of famers. The team has also had the honor of having Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier,
Dan Boyle, and Steve Stamkos be in the NHL All Star team and Second Team. St. Louis made
the All Star team on 5 occasions.
The past five years have been hard. Some success has been mixed in with some terrible
seasons. However, Tampa Bay Lightning tickets holders are very loyal and they will always
support the team. They just hope that the management can improve on their trading record
and get some good players in.
12-9-13: Tampa Bay struggled last week picking up only three points. They lost to the Blue Jackets in regulation and lost to Winnipeg in a shootout. Their lone victory was over the Senators. Steven Stamkos last played in a 3-0 defeat at the hands of the Bruins on November 11. In the 12 contests since that point, Tampa Bay has gone 5-5-2, which is enough to keep the team in the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
12-2-13: Tampa retuned to the Tampa Bay Times Forum this past week, where they won two games over the Rangers and Flyers, before dropping a third to Pittsburgh. No one can replace Steven Stamkos but one player has played better since the injury to Stamkos. Tyler Johnson has six points and a plus-three rating in nine games since Stamkos got hurt. If Tampa can somehow tread water, like they’re doing now, there is a chance Stamkos could return for the playoffs.
11-25-13: Tampa has cooled off as of late after their torrid start to the season. The Lightning are 5-4-1 in their last ten games played. Like the Devils, Tampa played all three California teams this past week, but the Lightning didn’t fair to well. They lost all three games they played, and got outscored 10-3 in the process. The injury to Steven Stamkos is starting to take its toll as the Lightning have been struggling to generate any offense since Stamkos went down two weeks back.
11-18-13: The Lightning won two out of four games last week week despite a broken tibia injury to superstar forward Steven Stamkos. Tampa still has the best record in the Eastern Conference and the eighth best record in the entire league. Stamkos has 14 goals in 17 games with 23 points and a plus-11 rating. He leads the Lightning in all offesive categories and still sits only three points behind Alex Steen for the NHL scoring lead. His loss is huge for Tampa.
11-12-13: With wins over the Oilers and Red Wings, Tampa now has the best record in the Eastern Conference. Ben Bishop had a great week turning aside 25 of 27 shots he saw in an overtime victory over the Red Wings and he stopped 38 shots of 40 versus Edmonton. Bishop could be an option for Team USA in Sochi. After a slow start, Steven Stamkos is tied for first in the NHL with 23 points and 14 goals. However, he sustained a scary leg injury Monday afternoon in Boston and looks like he’ll miss significant time.
11-5-13: Tampa won two of three games this past week with a win over the Blues. Marty St. Louis and Steven Stamkos continue to do their things. However, 24-year old Alex Killorn has been a pleasant surprise. Killorn has 12 points in his first 14 games and had five points last week in Tampa’s two wins. Tampa quietly has won seven of their last nine games and are tied for the second best record in the Eastern Conference.
10-29-13: Quietly, the Tampa Bay Lightning have the top record in all of the Eastern Conference. They had an overtime win against the Chicago Blackhawks and beat the lowly Sabres. Through eight games this season, Ben Bishop has a 7-1-0 record and decent .914 save percentage. I think Tampa finally has their goaltender they’ve been desperately wanting for years. Tampa has the second most goals scored in the Eastern Conference with 39. Steven Stamkos is starting to heat up with eight goals.
Quietly, they have a pretty good record at 5-3-0 overall. They got thumped 5-0 last Saturday against Boston which suggests they’re not quite there against the elite teams in the East. It’s no surprise that Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis have scored often early on. What is a shock is the secondary scoring Tampa is getting from Alex Killorn, Ondrej Palat and Valterri Filppula. Ben Bishop’s 5-1-0 record is no fluke as Tampa has their goalie of the future.
10-14-13: It’s early, but they’re encouraging signs for Tampa fans as goaltender Ben Bishop seems like Tampa’s first legitimate goaltender since Nikolai Khabibulin’s departure. 2007 third round Alex Killorn has been a pleasant surprise for Tampa early on. He has six points in his first five games played. Free agent pickup Valtteri Filppula’s four goals are tied with Steve Stamkos for the team lead. He’s a plus-3 and has won just over 56.4% of his faceoffs.
10-7-13: Tampa Bay failed to register a shot in the first period in their game versus Chicago. Despite that, they won 3-2 in a shootout. Where has Steven Stamkos been? He has two assists but he’s being paid to score goals. He’s crucial if Tampa wants to go anywhere this season.
8-22-13: Last season the Tampa Bay Lightning finished out the playoffs for the fifth time in six years despite having the NHL’s top two point-producers last season in Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos. How Tampa replaces Lecavalier remains to be seen. On Nov. 9, Tampa makes its first appearance to the Joe Louis Arena as a division opponent. Lecavalier makes his return to Tampa on Nov. 27 and the Lightning close out their season on Apr. 13 on the road against their old division foe from Washington.
8-3-13: The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis to a three-year, two-way contract.
Lightning 2013 NHL Draft Summary:
Pick #3: Jonathan Drouin, LW
Pick #33: Adam Erne, LW
Pick #124: Kristers Gudlevskis, G
Pick #154: Henri Ikonen, LW
Pick #184: Saku Salminen, C
Pick #186: Joel Vermin, RW