|Lightning eye playoff return in shortened season|
|Written by Admin|
|Thursday, 17 January 2013 13:00|
But the Tampa Bay center feels the Lightning returning to the playoffs is well within reach in the lockout-curtailed campaign.
Stamkos had an NHL-best 60 goals when the Lightning, one year removed from reaching the Eastern Conference finals, missed out on postseason play last season.
Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier, holdovers from Tampa Bay's 2004 Stanley Cup championship team, provide a solid nucleus. Newcomers include goalie Anders Lindback, and defensemen Sami Salo and Matt Carle.