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Lightning coach ‘can’t stress enough’ how good his goaltending’s been

Dec 9, 2013, 5:15 PM EDT

RALEIGH, NC - NOVEMBER 01: Ben Bishop #30 of the Tampa Bay Lightning makes a glove save during an NHL game against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on November1, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Lightning didn’t get very good goaltending last season. And in a very much related story, they didn’t make the playoffs.

This season has been a different story, though. Thanks in large part to an impressive .918 team save percentage, as produced by the tandem of Ben Bishop and Anders Lindback, the Lightning are 17-10-2 after 29 games and hold the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

And that’s despite losing star Steven Stamkos to injury almost a month ago.

“We’re not in the spot we are in the standings if we don’t have the goaltending we’ve been getting, especially with a team that’s going through lineup changes on a daily basis and has the inability to score right now,” head coach Jon Cooper said. “I can’t stress enough how much that’s kept us in the race.”

Other teams currently in a playoff position that should be thankful for their goaltending? Montreal, Colorado, Toronto, and Washington.

Teams in the opposite situation? New Jersey and the Islanders.

  1. peterjohnjoseph - Dec 9, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    “Teams in the opposite situation? New Jersey and the Islanders.”

    Wait, I’m confused to what the opposite is here. Are you saying opposite as in, not in a playoff position but are thankful because of goaltending? If so, the Islanders?

    Or, are you saying, opposite because they’re in a bad position because of their goaltending. If so, New Jersey?

    • doctorrosenrosen - Dec 9, 2013 at 9:04 PM

      Neither the Devils nor Isles have had very good goaltending compared to the top teams.

      • Jason Brough - Dec 9, 2013 at 9:11 PM

        Correct
        http://www.extraskater.com/teams/on-ice?sit=all&type=total&sort=save_pct

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