Lightning Season Odds
The Tampa Bay Lightning has new ownership, but will it make a difference in the standings? Oddsmakers have established the Lightning’s odds to win the 2009 Stanley Cup at 20/1.
The aforementioned new ownership wanted to start things off with a bang, so the club hired former ESPN analyst Barry Melrose as head coach. The team then went out and signed free agent Ryan Malone, who scored 27 goals last season, as well as Radim Vrbata, who is also coming off a 27-goal season.
The Lightning didn’t stop there. Tampa also acquired goalie Olaf Kolzig and the popular Vinny Prospal, who scored 33 goals last year. The club hopes that all of the flashy names and big hires will get this team back above .500, following a year in which they only mustered 31 wins.
The Lightning certainly are moving in the right direction and just looking at the numbers, oddsmakers clearly think they have a shot this year. They’re still a relative long shot to not only win the Stanley Cup, but also the Southeast Division, but Melrose could have this team back on track sooner rather than later. But this Tampa must improve on their third period play if they are to have any success in 2008. The Lightning finished with a 0-42-2 record while trailing in the third period, which signifies that this team lost its focus down the stretch of games.
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