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 St. Petersburg Times Forum) during a Lightning home game in 2007

The Tampa Bay Lightning are a professional ice hockey team based in Tampa, Florida. They are members of the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL).[1] The Lightning were founded in 1992 as an expansion team in the Norris Division of the Campbell Conference. The next year, the Lightning were placed in the NHL's new Eastern Conference as members of the Atlantic Division. The Lightning were moved to the Southeast Division as part of the NHL's 1998 expansion to three divisions per conference. In 2013, as part of another realignment and return to a two division format, 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 nine times in twenty-four completed seasons and won the 2004 Stanley Cup. The Tampa Bay Lightning have won over 700 regular season games, the 25th-highest victory total among NHL teams.[2] They have lost over 800 games during the regular season, the ninth-lowest loss total in the NHL.[2] The Lightning have over 1,700 points in their 24 seasons, the sixth-lowest point total in the league.[2]

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.[3] As part of the 2013–14 NHL season realignment, the Lightning were relocated into the Atlantic Division after the league reduced from six divisions to four.[4] Eleven years after their first cup win, the Lightning again won the Eastern Conference title and qualified for the 2015 Stanley Cup Finals.[5]

Table key[edit]

Tampa Bay Lightning Opponents by City (1992-2011)
Key of colors and symbols
Color/symbol Explanation
dagger Stanley Cup champions
double-dagger Conference champions
Up-arrow Division champions
Key of terms and abbreviations
Term or abbreviation Definition
Finish Final position in division 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 1999–2000 season)
Pts Number of points
T Number of ties
W Number of wins
Does not apply

Year by year[edit]

Year by year listing of all seasons played by the Tampa Bay Lightning
NHL Season Lightning season Conference Division Regular season[6][7] Postseason
Finish GP W L T OT Pts GF GA GP W L GF GA Result
1992–93[a] 1992–93 Campbell Norris 6th 84 23 54 7 53 245 332
1993–94 1993–94 Eastern[b] Atlantic 7th 84 30 43 11 71 224 251
1994–95[c] 1994–95 Eastern Atlantic 6th 48 17 28 3 37 120 144
1995–96 1995–96 Eastern Atlantic 5th 82 38 32 12 88 238 248 6 2 4 13 26 Lost Conference Quarterfinals to Philadelphia Flyers, 2–4[8]
1996–97 1996–97 Eastern Atlantic 6th 82 32 40 10 74 217 247
1997–98 1997–98 Eastern Atlantic 7th 82 17 55 10 44 151 269
1998–99 1998–99 Eastern Southeast[d] 4th 82 19 54 9 47 179 292
1999–2000 1999–2000 Eastern Southeast 4th 82 19 47 9 7[e] 54 204 310
2000–01 2000–01 Eastern Southeast 5th 82 24 47 6 5 59 201 280
2001–02 2001–02 Eastern Southeast 3rd 82 27 40 11 4 69 178 219
2002–03 2002–03 Eastern SoutheastDivision champions 1st 82 36 25 16 5 93 219 210 11 5 6 22 29 Won Conference Quarterfinals vs. Washington Capitals, 4–2
Lost Conference Semifinals to New Jersey Devils, 1–4[9]
2003–04 2003–04 EasternConference champions SoutheastDivision champions 1st 82 46 22 8 6 106 245 192 23 16 7 60 43 Won Conference Quarterfinals vs. New York Islanders, 4–1
Won Conference Semifinals vs. Montreal Canadiens, 4–0
Won Conference Finals vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 4–3
Won Stanley Cup Finals vs. Calgary Flames, 4–3[10]Stanley Cup champions
2004–05[f] 2004–05 Eastern Southeast No playoffs due to lockout
2005–06 2005–06 Eastern Southeast 2nd 82 43 33 [g] 6 92 252 260 5 1 4 13 23 Lost Conference Quarterfinals to Ottawa Senators, 1–4[11]
2006–07 2006–07 Eastern Southeast 2nd 82 44 33 5 93 253 261 6 2 4 14 19 Lost Conference Quarterfinals to New Jersey Devils, 2–4[12]
2007–08 2007–08 Eastern Southeast 5th 82 31 42 9 71 223 267
2008–09 2008–09 Eastern Southeast 5th 82 24 40 18 66 210 279
2009–10 2009–10 Eastern Southeast 3rd 82 34 36 12 80 217 260
2010–11 2010–11 Eastern Southeast 2nd 82 46 25 11 103 247 240 18 11 7 59 44 Won Conference Quarterfinals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 4–3
Won Conference Semifinals vs. Washington Capitals, 4–0
Lost Conference Finals to Boston Bruins, 3–4[13]
2011–12 2011–12 Eastern Southeast 3rd 82 38 36 8 84 235 281
2012–13[h] 2012–13 Eastern Southeast 4th 48 18 26 4 40 148 150
2013–14 2013–14 Eastern Atlantic[i] 2nd 82 46 27 9 101 240 215 4 0 4 10 16 Lost First Round to Montreal Canadiens, 0–4[14]
2014–15 2014–15 EasternConference champions Atlantic 2nd 82 50 24 8 108 262 211 26 14 12 65 62 Won First Round vs. Detroit Red Wings, 4–3
Won Second Round vs. Montreal Canadiens, 4–2
Won Conference Finals vs. New York Rangers, 4–3
Lost Stanley Cup Finals to Chicago Blackhawks, 2–4[15]
2015–16 2015–16 Eastern Atlantic 2nd 82 46 31 5 97 227 201 17 11 6 48 40 Won First Round vs. Detroit Red Wings, 4–1
Won Second Round vs. New York Islanders, 4–1
Lost Conference Finals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 3–4[16]
Totals 1,822 748 840 112 122 1,726 4,928 5,614 116 62 54 304 302 Playoff Record: 12–8

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.[17]
  • 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.[18]
  • c The season was shortened to 48 games because of the 1994–95 NHL lockout.[19]
  • d 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.[20]
  • e Beginning with the 1999–2000 season, teams received one point for losing a regular season game in overtime.[21]
  • f The season was canceled because of the 2004–05 NHL lockout.[22]
  • g 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.[23]
  • h The season was shortened to 48 games because of the 2012–13 NHL lockout.[24]
  • i The NHL realigned prior to the 2013–14 season. Tampa Bay was placed in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference.[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rosters, Arena Information, and Aerial Maps". National Hockey League. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Team Index". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Calgary Flames vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Recap". ESPN. June 7, 2004. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Guide to 2013-14 NHL realignment". Reuters. October 1, 2013. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Lightning beat up on Original Six to reach Cup finals". Reuters. May 30, 2015. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Tampa Bay Lightning Statistics and History". The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved April 25, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Tampa Bay Lightning Franchise Index". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 25, 2016. 
  8. ^ "1996 NHL Playoff Summary". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  9. ^ "2003 NHL Playoff Summary". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  10. ^ "2004 NHL Playoff Summary". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  11. ^ "2006 NHL Playoff Summary". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  12. ^ "2007 NHL Playoff Summary". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  13. ^ "2011 NHL Playoff Summary". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 
  14. ^ "2014 NHL Playoff Summary". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  15. ^ "2015 NHL Playoff Summary". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 25, 2016. 
  16. ^ "2016 NHL Playoff Summary". Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 26, 2016. 
  17. ^ Morrison, Scott (December 1, 2007). "84 game schedule a lock". SLAM! Sports. Retrieved June 14, 2010. 
  18. ^ 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. 
  19. ^ Swift, E. M. (January 23, 1995). "Drop Those Pucks!". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved June 14, 2010. 
  20. ^ "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. 
  21. ^ 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. 
  22. ^ "Lockout over salary cap shuts down NHL". Associated Press. ESPN. February 16, 2005. Retrieved June 14, 2010. 
  23. ^ "Shootouts are fan-friendly". The Washington Times. October 19, 2005. Retrieved June 14, 2010. 
  24. ^ "NHL Announces 2012-13 Season Schedule". Lightning.nhl.com. Tampa Bay Lightning. January 12, 2013. Retrieved April 27, 2013. 
  25. ^ "NHL slate, division names revealed". ESPN.com news services. ESPN. July 20, 2013. Retrieved April 10, 2015. 

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