List of Tampa Bay Lightning seasons
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. They have lost over 600 games during the regular season, the ninth-lowest loss total in the NHL. The Lightning have over 1,000 points in their 20 seasons, the fifth-lowest point total in the league.
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. Their most recent playoff series victory came in the 2011 Eastern Conference Semifinals.
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Year by year
|Lightning season||Conference||Division||Regular season||Postseason|
|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|
|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
|2003–04||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
|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|
|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|
|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
|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[i]||2nd||82||46||27||—||9||101||240||215||4||0||4||10||16||Lost in First Round vs. Montreal Canadiens, 0–4|
|Totals||1,740||702||809||112||207||1,633||4,708||5,418||73||37||36||191||200||Playoff Record: 7–6|
- 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.
- 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.
- c The season was shortened to 48 games because of the 1994–95 NHL lockout.
- d Beginning with the 1999–2000 season, teams received one point for losing a regular season game in overtime.
- e The season was canceled because of the 2004–05 NHL lockout.
- 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.
- 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.
- h The season was shortened to 48 games because of the 2012–13 NHL lockout.
- i The NHL realigned prior to the 2013–14 season. Tampa Bay was placed in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference.
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