List of Tampa Bay Lightning seasons

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An indoor arena with a roof which has three levels full of fans surrounding an ice rink
The interior of Amalie Arena (then named the Tampa Bay Times Forum) during a Lightning home game in 2007

The Tampa Bay Lightning are a professional ice hockey team based in Tampa, Florida. The Lightning were founded in 1992 as an expansion team in the Norris Division of the Campbell Conference of the National Hockey League. The next year, the Lightning were placed in the NHL's new Eastern Conference and were placed in the Atlantic Division. The Lightning were moved to the Southeast Division as part of the NHL's 1998 expansion to three divisions. In 2013, as part of a realigning and return to two divisions, the Lightning became part of a reconstituted Atlantic Division.

The Lightning played in Expo Hall for their inaugural season, and moved to Tropicana Field for the 1993–94 season. They moved to their current home in 1996, the Ice Palace, which has since been renamed Amalie Arena.

The Lightning have qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs seven times in twenty-one completed seasons and won the 2004 Stanley Cup. The Tampa Bay Lightning have won over 500 regular season games, the 25th-highest victory total among NHL teams.[1] They have lost over 600 games during the regular season, the ninth-lowest loss total in the NHL.[1] The Lightning have over 1,000 points in their 20 seasons, the fifth-lowest point total in the league.[1]

Tampa Bay made their first playoffs in the 1995–96 season. The team's worst year was the 1997–98 season, in which they finished 17–55–10. Tampa Bay moved to the Southeast Division in 1998, and won the division for the first time in the 2002–03 season. The Lightning won the Eastern Conference and their only Stanley Cup in the following season.[2] Their most recent playoff series victory came in the 2011 Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Table key[edit]

Tampa Bay Lightning Opponents by City (1992-2011)
Finish
Final position in division or league standings
GA
Goals against (goals scored by the Lightning's opponents)
GF
Goals for (goals scored by the Lightning)
GP
Number of games played
L
Number of losses
OT
Number of losses in overtime (since the 1999–00 season)
Pts
Number of points
T
Number of ties
TG
Two-game total goals series
W
Number of wins

Year by year[edit]

Stanley Cup champions dagger Conference champions * Division champions ^ Led league in points #
Lightning season Conference Division Regular season Postseason
Finish GP W L T OT Pts GF GA GP W L GF GA Result
1992–93[a] Campbell Norris 6th 84 23 54 7 53 245 332 Did not qualify
1993–94 Eastern[b] Atlantic 7th 84 30 43 11 71 224 251 Did not qualify
1994–95[c] Eastern Atlantic 6th 48 17 28 3 37 120 144 Did not qualify
1995–96 Eastern Atlantic 5th 82 38 32 12 88 238 248 6 2 4 13 26 Lost in Conference Quarterfinals vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 2–4[3]
1996–97 Eastern Atlantic 6th 82 32 40 10 74 217 247 Did not qualify
1997–98 Eastern Atlantic 7th 82 17 55 10 44 151 269 Did not qualify
1998–99 Eastern Southeast[g] 4th 82 19 54 9 47 179 292 Did not qualify
1999–2000 Eastern Southeast 4th 82 19 47 9 7[d] 54 204 310 Did not qualify
2000–01 Eastern Southeast 5th 82 24 47 6 5 59 201 280 Did not qualify
2001–02 Eastern Southeast 3rd 82 27 40 11 4 69 178 219 Did not qualify
2002–03 Eastern Southeast ^ 1st 82 36 25 16 5 93 219 210 11 5 6 22 29 Won in Conference Quarterfinals vs. Washington Capitals, 4–2
Lost in Conference Semifinals vs. New Jersey Devils, 1–4[4]
2003–04Stanley Cup champions Eastern * Southeast ^ 1st 82 46 22 8 6 106 245 192 23 16 7 60 43 Won in Conference Quarterfinals vs. New York Islanders, 4–1
Won in Conference Semifinals vs. Montreal Canadiens, 4–0
Won in Conference Finals vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 4–3
Won in Stanley Cup Finals vs. Calgary Flames, 4–3[5]Stanley Cup champions
2004–05[e] Eastern Southeast Season not played due to lockout
2005–06 Eastern Southeast 2nd 82 43 33 [f] 6 92 252 260 5 1 4 13 23 Lost in Conference Quarterfinals vs. Ottawa Senators, 1–4[6]
2006–07 Eastern Southeast 2nd 82 44 33 5 93 253 261 6 2 4 14 19 Lost in Conference Quarterfinals vs. New Jersey Devils, 2–4[7]
2007–08 Eastern Southeast 5th 82 31 42 9 71 223 267 Did not qualify
2008–09 Eastern Southeast 5th 82 24 40 18 66 210 279 Did not qualify
2009–10 Eastern Southeast 3rd 82 34 36 12 80 217 260 Did not qualify
2010–11 Eastern Southeast 2nd 82 46 25 11 103 247 240 18 11 7 59 44 Won in Conference Quarterfinals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 4–3
Won in Conference Semifinals vs. Washington Capitals, 4–0
Lost in Conference Finals vs. Boston Bruins, 3–4[8]
2011–12 Eastern Southeast 3rd 82 38 36 8 84 235 281 Did not qualify
2012–13[h] Eastern Southeast 4th 48 18 26 4 40 148 150 Did not qualify
2013–14 Eastern Atlantic 2nd 82 46 27 9 101 240 215 4 0 4 10 16 Lost in Conference Quarterfinals vs. Montreal Canadiens, 0–4[9]
Totals 1,658 652 785 112 109 1,525 4,446 5,207 73 37 36 191 200 7 playoff appearances


Notes[edit]

  • a In 1992, the NHL expanded the season to 84 games, and each team played two games at a neutral site. After the 1995 lockout, the neutral site games were eliminated, and the season was reduced to 82 games.[10]
  • b The NHL realigned into Eastern and Western conferences prior to the 1993–94 season. Tampa Bay was placed in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference.[11]
  • c The season was shortened to 48 games because of the 1994–95 NHL lockout.[12]
  • d Beginning with the 1999–2000 season, teams received one point for losing a regular season game in overtime.[13]
  • e The season was canceled because of the 2004–05 NHL lockout.[14]
  • f Before the 2005–06 season, the NHL instituted a penalty shootout for regular season games that remained tied after a five-minute overtime period, which prevented ties.[15]
  • g The NHL added 4 expansion teams prior to the 1998–99 season and split the Eastern Conference into three divisions: Northeast, Atlantic, and Southeast. Tampa Bay was moved into the new Southeast division.[16]
  • h The season was shortened to 48 games because of the 2012–13 NHL lockout.[17]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General
Specific
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  2. ^ "Calgary Flames vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Recap". ESPN. June 7, 2004. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  3. ^ "1996 NHL Playoff Summary". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  4. ^ "2003 NHL Playoff Summary". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  5. ^ "2004 NHL Playoff Summary". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  6. ^ "2006 NHL Playoff Summary". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  7. ^ "2007 NHL Playoff Summary". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  8. ^ "2011 NHL Playoff Summary". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 
  9. ^ "2007 NHL Playoff Summary". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  10. ^ Morrison, Scott (December 1, 2007). "84 game schedule a lock". SLAM! Sports. Retrieved June 14, 2010. 
  11. ^ Lapointe, Joe (April 1, 1993). "Hockey; N.H.L. Redraws Map In Realignment Plan". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). Retrieved June 14, 2010. 
  12. ^ Swift, E. M. (January 23, 1995). "Drop Those Pucks!". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved June 14, 2010. 
  13. ^ Lapointe, Joe (September 30, 1999). "Hockey: Preview '99–'00; Overtime Is Now Five Minutes in Hockey Heaven". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). Retrieved June 14, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Lockout over salary cap shuts down NHL". Associated Press. ESPN. February 16, 2005. Retrieved June 14, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Shootouts are fan-friendly". The Washington Times. October 19, 2005. Retrieved June 14, 2010. 
  16. ^ "N.H.L. Names 4 Cities For Its New Franchises". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). June 18, 1997. Retrieved June 14, 2010. 
  17. ^ "NHL Announces 2012-13 Season Schedule". Lightning.nhl.com. Tampa Bay Lightning. January 12, 2013. Retrieved April 27, 2013.