2007–08 Tampa Bay Lightning season

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2007–08 Tampa Bay Lightning
Division 5th Southeast
Conference 15th Eastern
2007–08 record 31–42–9
Home record 20–18–3
Road record 11–24–6
Goals for 223
Goals against 267
Team information
General Manager Jay Feaster
Coach John Tortorella
Captain Tim Taylor
Alternate captains Vincent Lecavalier
Brad Richards (Oct-Feb)
Martin St. Louis
Arena St. Pete Times Forum
Average attendance 18,693 (95.9%)
Team leaders
Goals Vincent Lecavalier (40)
Assists Martin St. Louis (58)
Points Vincent Lecavalier (92)
Penalties in minutes Shane O'Brien (154)
Plus/minus Michel Ouellet (+11)
Wins Johan Holmqvist (20)
Goals against average Johan Holmqvist (3.01)

The 2007–08 Tampa Bay Lightning season began October 4, 2007. It is the Lightning's 16th season in the National Hockey League.

Tampa Bay's new logo, introduced in 2007.

The Lightning introduced a new logo design prior to the start of the season. The new, "modernized" logo is similar to the team's original logo, with the edges on the lightning bolt, and the text looking "sharper." The wordmark "Lightning" has been dropped from the logo. It is the first change to the team's primary logo in its 15-year history and coincides with the launch of the Rbk Edge jersey design, introduced League wide.[1]

The Lighting also announced that the team, along with the St. Pete Times Forum had been tentatively sold to a group represented by former Columbus coach and general manager Doug MacLean.[2] The deal was terminated in mid-November after the group, called Absolute Hockey Enterprises, began to fight amongst itself, leading to lawsuits being filed.[3] The team, in announcing the cancellation of the sale, expressed in a November 27 release that it hoped the deal could be resurrected.[4]

Forwards Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis were selected to represent the Lightning, and the Eastern Conference, at the 2008 All-Star Game in Atlanta.[5] For the first time since the 2001–02 season, the Tampa Bay Lightning missed the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Regular season[edit]

The Lightning had the fewest power-play opportunities of all 30 teams (296) and, excluding one shootout goal allowed, gave up 266 goals during the regular season, tied with the Atlanta Thrashers for 30th overall.[6][7]

Divisional standings[edit]

Southeast Division
GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 y – Washington Capitals 82 43 31 8 242 231 94
2 Carolina Hurricanes 82 43 33 6 252 249 92
3 Florida Panthers 82 38 35 9 216 226 85
4 Atlanta Thrashers 82 34 40 8 216 272 76
5 Tampa Bay Lightning 82 31 42 9 223 267 71

Conference standings[edit]

Eastern Conference
R Div GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 z – Montreal Canadiens NE 82 47 25 10 262 222 104
2 y – Pittsburgh Penguins AT 82 47 27 8 247 216 102
3 y – Washington Capitals SE 82 43 31 8 242 231 94
4 New Jersey Devils AT 82 46 29 7 206 197 99
5 New York Rangers AT 82 42 27 13 213 199 97
6 Philadelphia Flyers AT 82 42 29 11 248 233 95
7 Ottawa Senators NE 82 43 31 8 261 247 94
8 Boston Bruins NE 82 41 29 12 212 222 94
8.5
9 Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 43 33 6 252 249 92
10 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 39 31 12 255 242 90
11 Florida Panthers SE 82 38 35 9 216 226 85
12 Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 36 35 11 231 260 83
13 New York Islanders AT 82 35 38 9 194 243 79
14 Atlanta Thrashers SE 82 34 40 8 216 272 76
15 Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 31 42 9 223 267 71

Divisions: AT – Atlantic, NE – Northeast, SE – Southeast

bold – qualified for playoffs, y – division winner, z – placed first in conference (and division)


Game log[edit]

October[edit]

Record: 5–5–1; home: 5–0–1; road: 0–5–0.

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
1 October 4 New Jersey 1 – 3 Tampa Bay Holmqvist 19,454 1–0–0 2
2 October 6 Atlanta 2 – 5 Tampa Bay Holmqvist 19,220 2–0–0 4
3 October 10 Florida 1 – 2 Tampa Bay Holmqvist 18,540 3–0–0 6
4 October 13 Tampa Bay 4 – 6 Florida Denis 15,801 3–1–0 6
5 October 18 Tampa Bay 1 – 4 Boston Holmqvist 16,363 3–2–0 6
6 October 20 Atlanta 2 – 6 Tampa Bay Holmqvist 19,420 4–2–0 8
7 October 24 Tampa Bay 3 – 5 Washington Denis 10,226 4–3–0 8
8 October 25 Philadelphia 2 – 5 Tampa Bay Holmqvist 18,616 5–3–0 10
9 October 27 Buffalo 4 – 3 Tampa Bay OT Holmqvist 19,804 5–3–1 11
10 October 29 Tampa Bay 1 – 3 NY Rangers Holmqvist 18,200 5–4–1 11
11 October 31 Tampa Bay 1 – 6 New Jersey Holmqvist 13,218 5–5–1 11

November[edit]

Record: 5–8–1; home: 3–3–0; road: 2–5–1.

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
12 November 1 Tampa Bay 0 – 4 NY Islanders Denis 11,008 5–6–1 11
13 November 3 Atlanta 6 – 4 Tampa Bay Holmqvist 19,155 5–7–1 11
14 November 5 Tampa Bay 3 – 4 Florida Holmqvist 10,149 5–8–1 11
15 November 7 Florida 1 – 3 Tampa Bay Holmqvist 16,526 6–8–1 13
16 November 8 Tampa Bay 5 – 1 Carolina Holmqvist 14,017 7–8–1 15
17 November 10 Tampa Bay 5 – 2 Washington Holmqvist 14,617 8–8–1 17
18 November 14 Carolina 1 – 6 Tampa Bay Holmqvist 17,444 9–8–1 19
19 November 16 Washington 2 – 5 Tampa Bay Holmqvist 19,526 10–8–1 21
20 November 19 Tampa Bay 3 – 4 Atlanta OT Holmqvist 13,419 10–8–2 22
21 November 21 NY Rangers 2 – 1 Tampa Bay Holmqvist 20,110 10–9–2 22
22 November 23 Tampa Bay 3 – 4 Carolina Holmqvist 18,033 10–10–2 22
23 November 24 New Jersey 3 – 2 Tampa Bay Holmqvist 19,077 10–11–2 22
24 November 28 Tampa Bay 1 – 5 Chicago Holmqvist 11,122 10–12–2 22
25 November 29 Tampa Bay 2 – 4 Detroit Denis 17,001 10–13–2 22

December[edit]

Record: 5–8–1; home: 4–5–1; road: 1–3–0.

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
26 December 1 Boston 1 – 4 Tampa Bay Holmqvist 18,444 11–13–2 24
27 December 4 Ottawa 3 – 4 Tampa Bay SO Holmqvist 17,540 12–13–2 26
28 December 6 Carolina 1 – 2 Tampa Bay Holmqvist 16,674 13–13–2 28
29 December 8 NY Islanders 3 – 2 Tampa Bay OT Holmqvist 18,319 13–13–3 29
30 December 10 Tampa Bay 1 – 6 Toronto Holmqvist 19,454 13–14–3 29
31 December 11 Tampa Bay 3 – 2 Montreal SO Denis 21,273 14–14–3 31
32 December 13 Calgary 9 – 6 Tampa Bay Denis 19,026 14–15–3 31
33 December 15 Washington 3 – 2 Tampa Bay Holmqvist 18,367 14–16–3 31
34 December 18 Tampa Bay 2 – 6 Atlanta Holmqvist 14,060 14–17–3 31
35 December 20 Toronto 1 – 2 Tampa Bay Ramo 19,131 15–17–3 33
36 December 22 Carolina 4 – 1 Tampa Bay Ramo 18,765 15–18–3 33
37 December 26 Tampa Bay 2 – 3 Washington Ramo 15,035 15–19–3 33
38 December 27 Montreal 5 – 2 Tampa Bay Holmqvist 20,294 15–20–3 33
39 December 29 Philadelphia 4 – 2 Tampa Bay Ramo 20,124 15–21–3 33

January[edit]

Record: 6–5–2; home: 2–4–0; road: 4–1–2.

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
40 January 1 Tampa Bay 3 – 4 Toronto SO Ramo 19,347 15–21–4 34
41 January 3 Tampa Bay 3 – 6 Montreal Ramo 21,273 15–22–4 34
42 January 5 Tampa Bay 3 – 4 Ottawa OT Holmqvist 20,108 15–22–5 35
43 January 8 Tampa Bay 5 – 3 NY Rangers Ramo 18,200 16–22–5 37
44 January 10 Pittsburgh 4 – 1 Tampa Bay Ramo 20,426 16–23–5 37
45 January 12 Tampa Bay 5 – 3 Florida Holmqvist 16,578 17–23–5 39
46 January 15 Colorado 3 – 0 Tampa Bay Ramo 17,222 17–24–5 39
47 January 18 Tampa Bay 3 – 0 Pittsburgh Holmqvist 17,132 18–24–5 41
48 January 19 Tampa Bay 2 – 0 Ottawa Holmqvist 20,091 19–24–5 43
49 January 22 Edmonton 3 – 4 Tampa Bay Holmqvist 16,799 20–24–5 45
50 January 24 Ottawa 8 – 4 Tampa Bay Ramo 16,346 20–25–5 45
51 January 29 Buffalo 4 – 2 Tampa Bay Holmqvist 18,920 20–26–5 45
52 January 31 Vancouver 3 – 4 Tampa Bay Ramo 17,019 21–26–5 47

February[edit]

Record: 5–5–2; home: 2–4–0; road: 3–1–2.

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
53 February 2 Florida 3 – 2 Tampa Bay Ramo 19,977 21–27–5 47
54 February 5 Tampa Bay 5 – 4 St. Louis Holmqvist 17,150 22–27–5 49
55 February 7 Tampa Bay 5 – 4 Nashville Holmqvist 13,959 23–27–5 51
56 February 9 Tampa Bay 1 – 2 Atlanta OT Holmqvist 18,879 23–27–6 52
57 February 12 Canadiens 2 – 3 Tampa Bay Ramo 17,420 24–27–6 54
58 February 14 Tampa Bay 5 – 3 Philadelphia Holmqvist 19,336 25–27–6 56
59 February 16 Capitals 3 – 2 Tampa Bay Holmqvist 20,254 25–28–6 56
60 February 20 Tampa Bay 3 – 4 Buffalo OT Holmqvist 18,690 25–28–7 57
61 February 21 Tampa Bay 0 – 1 NY Islanders Ramo 12,382 25–29–7 57
62 February 23 Boston 5 – 3 Tampa Bay Holmqvist 20,519 25–30–7 57
63 February 27 Minnesota 3 – 2 Tampa Bay Smith 17,211 25–31–7 57
64 February 29 Toronto 2 – 3 Tampa Bay OT Smith 20,641 26–31–7 59

March[edit]

Record: 5–8–2; home: 4–2–1; road: 1–6–1.

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
65 March 1 Tampa Bay 1 – 5 Carolina Smith 16,831 26–32–7 59
66 March 4 Pittsburgh 2 – 0 Tampa Bay Smith 19,206 26–33–7 59
67 March 6 Tampa Bay 2 – 3 Philadelphia Smith 19,217 26–34–7 59
68 March 7 Tampa Bay 1 – 2 New Jersey OT Ramo 15,670 26–34–8 60
69 March 9 Tampa Bay 3 – 5 Columbus Smith 14,796 26–35–8 60
70 March 11 NY Islanders 4 – 8 Tampa Bay Ramo 19,111 27–35–8 62
71 March 13 Tampa Bay 3 – 1 Boston Smith 13,373 28–35–8 64
72 March 15 NY Rangers 0 – 3 Tampa Bay Smith 20,926 29–35–8 66
73 March 19 Tampa Bay 4 – 7 Buffalo Ramo 18,690 29–36–8 66
74 March 20 Tampa Bay 2 – 4 Pittsburgh Smith 17,044 29–37–8 66
75 March 22 Tampa Bay 2 – 4 Florida Smith 18,502 29–38–8 66
76 March 25 Florida 1 – 3 Tampa Bay Ramo 16,110 30–38–8 68
77 March 27 Washington 4 – 3 Tampa Bay OT Ramo 17,777 30–38–9 69
78 March 29 Carolina 1 – 2 Tampa Bay Ramo 19,311 31–38–9 71
79 March 31 Atlanta 2 – 0 Tampa Bay Smith 17,411 31–39–9 71

April[edit]

Record: 0–3–0; home: 0–0–0; road: 0–3–0.

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
80 April 2 Tampa Bay 2 – 6 Carolina Smith 17,644 31–40–9 71
81 April 3 Tampa Bay 1 – 4 Washington Ramo 18,277 31–41–9 71
82 April 5 Tampa Bay 1 – 4 Atlanta Smith 18,732 31–42–9 71

Playoffs[edit]

The Lightning failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since the 2001–02 season, snapping their four season playoff streak.

Player stats[edit]

Skaters[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Regular season
Top 10 players GP G A Pts +/- PIM
Vincent Lecavalier 81 40 52 92 -17 89
Martin St. Louis 82 25 58 83 -23 26
Vaclav Prospal (18 Phi) 62 29 28 57 -7 39
Brad Richards (12 Dal) 62 18 33 51 -25 15
Michel Ouellet 64 17 19 36 11 12
Filip Kuba 75 6 25 31 -8 40
Paul Ranger 72 10 21 31 -13 56
Dan Boyle 37 4 21 25 -29 57
Jan Hlavac (18 Nsh) 62 9 13 22 -10 32
Mathieu Darche 73 7 15 22 -14 20

Goaltenders[edit]

Note: GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime Losses;
GA = Goals Against; SO = Shutouts; Sv% = Save Percentage; GAA = Goals Against Average

Regular season
Player GP TOI W L OT GA SO Sv% GAA
Johan Holmqvist (2 Dal) 45 2469 20 16 6 124 0 .890 3.01
Karri Ramo 22 1268 7 10 11 64 0 .899 3.03
Mike Smith (21 Dal) 13 773 3 10 1 28 0 .893 2.79
Marc Denis 10 414 1 5 0 28 0 .864 4.05

Awards and records[edit]

Records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Regular season
Player Milestone Reached
Mike Lundin
Matt Smaby
1st NHL game October 4, 2007
Jan Hlavac 100th NHL PIM October 6, 2007
Filip Kuba 200th NHL PIM October 13, 2007
Mike Lundin 1st NHL assist
1st NHL point
October 18, 2007
Brad Richards 500th NHL game October 29, 2007
Nick Tarnasky 100th NHL game October 31, 2007

Transactions[edit]

The Lightning have been involved in the following transactions during the 2007–08 season.

Trades[edit]

June 13, 2007
[1]
To Tampa Bay Lightning
Chris Gratton
To Florida Panthers
2nd round pick in either 2007 or 2008
July 4, 2007
To Tampa Bay Lightning
Bryce Lampman
To New York Rangers
Mitch Fritz
November 19, 2007
To Tampa Bay Lightning
Mario Scalzo
To Dallas Stars
Bryce Lampman
January 15, 2008
To Tampa Bay Lightning
Junior Lessard
To Dallas Stars
Dan Jancevski
February 26, 2008
To Tampa Bay Lightning
Mike Smith
Jussi Jokinen
Jeff Halpern
To Dallas Stars
Brad Richards
Johan Holmqvist
February 26, 2008
To Tampa Bay Lightning
7th round pick in 2008
To Nashville Predators
Jan Hlavac
February 26, 2008
To Tampa Bay Lightning
Brandon Segal
Conditional Draft Pick
To Anaheim Ducks
Jay Leach

Free agents[edit]

Player Former team Contract terms
Michel Ouellet Pittsburgh Penguins 2 years, $2.5 million
Craig MacDonald Chicago Blackhawks 1 year, $475,000
Mathieu Darche San Jose Sharks 1 year, $475,000
Brad Lukowich New Jersey Devils 3 years, $4.7 million
Jay Leach Boston Bruins 1 year, $525,000
Dan Jancevski Montreal Canadiens 1 year, $500,000
Player New team
Cory Sarich Calgary Flames
Éric Perrin Atlanta Thrashers
Ruslan Fedotenko New York Islanders
Luke Richardson Ottawa Senators

Draft picks[edit]

Tampa's picks at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft in Columbus, Ohio.[8] The Lightning do not have a first round pick, having dealt the 16th overall selection to the Anaheim Ducks.

Round # Player Position Nationality College/junior/club team (league)
2 47 Dana Tyrell C/RW  Canada Prince George Cougars (WHL)
3 75 Luca Cunti C/LW   Switzerland Dubendorf (Switzerland)
3 77 Alexander Killorn C  Canada Deerfield Academy (USHS–MA)
4 107 Mitch Fadden C  Canada Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)
5 150 Matt Marshall C/RW  United States Noble and Greenough School (USHS–MA)
6 167 Johan Harju LW  Sweden Luleå HF (Elitserien)
7 183 Torrie Jung G  Canada Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
7 197 Michael Ward D  Canada Lewiston Maineiacs (QMJHL)
7 210 Justin Courtnall LW  Canada Burnaby Express (BCHL)

Farm teams[edit]

American Hockey League[edit]

Norfolk Admirals
Norfolk,VA

ECHL[edit]

Mississippi Sea Wolves
Biloxi, Mississippi

Roster[edit]

2007–08 Tampa Bay Lightning roster
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centers

See also[edit]

References[edit]