Bolts’ Special Teams Needs Work

Source: Erik Erlendsson, Tampa Tribune

Lightning_Kristers_Gudlevskis_2013TAMPA — In the past two seasons, the Lightning defense looked downright offensive.

The emphasis in training camp was on turning around that part of Tampa Bay’s game, hoping to drastically reduce the number of opponent goals. No team allowed more goals the previous two seasons than the Lightning.

Thus far — and they’re only five games into an 82-game schedule — the results are a bit mixed.

Heading into tonight’s game against Los Angeles, Tampa Bay has allowed 2.80 goals per game, which is in the middle of the NHL pack. Of the 14 goals allowed, only five were at even strength, an area in which head coach Jon Cooper wanted to see the most improvement coming out of training camp.