Joined: Dec 2016
Then they get swept in the first round..
I like the Lightning but the odds are still against them. Hockey's not basketball, it's all too common for regular season juggernauts to get bounced in the first round in embarrassing fashion. Heck look at the Hawks last year, or the 2006 Wings or the Washington teams of the past decade - the list is quite long.... Tampa Bay is far from lifting the Cup. The "real" season hasn't begun...
IMO, if were john Cooper I would be using my stars minimally now... Playing them just enough to keep them loose and on edge.... Those deep runs can really wear players down so they're going to need to be 100% going into the playoffs.
That would be my strategy if I were Cooper.......