List of Tampa Bay Lightning seasons
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). 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. They have lost over 800 games during the regular season, the ninth-lowest loss total in the NHL. The Lightning have over 1,700 points in their 24 seasons, the sixth-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. 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. Eleven years after their first cup win, the Lightning again won the Eastern Conference title and qualified for the 2015 Stanley Cup Finals.
|Stanley Cup champions|
|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
|NHL Season||Lightning season||Conference||Division||Regular season||Postseason|
|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|
|2002–03||2002–03||Eastern||Southeast||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
|2003–04||2003–04||Eastern||Southeast||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
|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|
|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|
|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
|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|
|2014–15||2014–15||Eastern||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
|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
|Totals||1,822||748||840||112||122||1,726||4,928||5,614||116||62||54||304||302||Playoff Record: 12–8|
- 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 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.
- e Beginning with the 1999–2000 season, teams received one point for losing a regular season game in overtime.
- f The season was canceled because of the 2004–05 NHL lockout.
- 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.
- 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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