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. Ellis had a season-high 37 points and two key assists late, Dirk Nowitzki led a fourth-quarter rally with 14 of his 35 points, and the Mavericks spoiled Howards best offensive night in Houston with a 123-120 victory over the Rockets on Wednesday night.With the NHL regular season right around the corner, TSN.ca profiles each team leading up to puck drop. Next up are the Tampa Bay Lightning, who enter the season with high expectations after a strong showing without their superstar for much of last season. Catch up on their summer moves and the issues they face this season, as well as Craig Buttons analysis of their top prospect and an analytical breakdown by TSNs Scott Cullen. Division: Atlantic GM: Steve Yzerman Head Coach: Jon Cooper 2013-14: 46-27-9 (2nd in Atlantic) Playoffs: Lost in division semifinals Goals For: 232 (9th) Goals Against: 209 (11th) Powerplay: 18.5% (13th) Penalty Kill: 80.7% (23rd) That Was Then: The Lightning were short on believers heading into 2013-14, having finished with the Leaguea€?s third-worst record the previous season and being lumped into a tough new division alongside the likes of Boston, Montreal and Detroit. That didna€?t seem to phase the team, who roared out of the gate and won eight games in both October and November. By the middle of November they were the best team in the East led by a nearly-unstoppable Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis, the former scoring 14 goals in his first 16 games. Then, on Nov. 11 the season changed entirely. Stamkos went sliding feet first into the goalpost at the TD Garden in Boston and fractured his tibia. The prognosis was immediately grim, with the Brampton native expected to miss months in recovery time. Funny thing, though, the Bolts kept winning. They put up the exact same number of points in December and January (17) as they did in November and St. Louis took over, producing at a point-per-game pace right up until the Olympic break. And therea€?s the white elephant in the room. The Olympics were a huge distraction for the Lightning from the moment the team was announced on Jan. 5. GM Steve Yzerman named Stamkos to the Canadian Olympic hockey team, turning all eyes towards his recovery and whether he would be fit in time to make the trip to Sochi. However, he also omitted St. Louis from the original roster, leading to all kinds of speculation over why he overlooked one of the Leaguea€?s top producers from his own team. The rumour mill began to churn with belief that St. Louis wanted out of Florida. He was eventually named to the Olympic team and win gold with Canada. However, after just four games back with the Lightning post-Sochi, he was dealt to the New York Rangers for the expiring contract of their captain Ryan Callahan and a hatful of draft picks. Stamkos was back for the next game and picked up where left off, scoring nine goals in 10 games to finish the month. The Lightning, though, suffered another blow with eventual Vezina Trophy-winner Ben Bishop injuring his wrist in the final week of the season. The injury forced the team to lean on Anders Lindback and Latvian Olympic hero Kristers Gudlevskis to finish their schedule and into the post-season. The Lightning finished the season second in the Atlantic, narrowly edging the Canadiens. The Habs, though, got the last laugh, sweeping the Bishop-less Bolts in the first round of the playoffs. Scott Cullens Analytics Predators 2013-14 Stats by Quarter Games GPG GAA SH% SV% SAF% PTS% 1-20 3.05 2.45 8.8% .920 51.5% .700 21-41 2.38 2.05 6.6% .949 52.8% .619 42-62 2.95 3.05 8.5% .922 50.5% .452 63-82 2.95 2.60 7.6% .918 52.4% .700 NHL AVG 2.67 2.67 7.8 .922 50.0% .562 Key: GPG= goals per game, GAA= goals-against per game, SH%= even-strength shooting percentage, SV%= even-strength save percentage, SAF%= score-adjusted Fenwick percentage (differential of shot attempts faced vs. shot attempts, excluding blocked shots, adjusted for game score), PTS%= percentage of available points. Analysis: Games 1-20: Good start, solid possession and scoring; decent goaltending. Games 21-41: Steven Stamkos hurt, but Lightning ride great goaltending from Ben Bishop. Games 42-62: Goaltending coming back to average and declining possession contributed to rough stretch. Games 63-82: Improved possession and a sttrong power play resulted in a good finish to the season. Key Additions: C Brian Boyle, D Jason Garrison,, LW Brenden Morrow, G Evgeni Nabokov, D Anton Stralman Key Subtractions: D Keith Aulie, RW B.ddddddddddddJ. Crombeen, D Mike Kostka, G Anders Lindback, LW Ryan Malone, RW Teddy Purcell, C Tom Pyatt, C Nate Thompson This Is Now: Its clearly Stamkosa€? team now. Hea€?s proven he can score without St. Louis on his flank, so the team now turns to him as it tries to make the leap into true contender status. Yzerman had a busy off-season, adding veteran pieces and furiously moving bodies around to free up cap space to help fill the ranks behind his captain. The result of his labours sees Callahan back on a six-year deal, veteran pieces like Brenden Morrow and Jason Garrison given a chance to boost the teama€?s veteran core, Anton Stralman getting a nice payday for his post-season success with the Rangers. It also saw Sam Gagner in a Lightning uniform for all of an hour or so as he acquired the former Oiler in exchange for Teddy Purcell before flipping him to Arizona to free up the cap spaces that eventually led to all of the above moves. Tampa appears to have found a model they like in the Rangers and few would argue against it, with the team fresh off a Stanley Cup Final appearance. The two-way skill of Stralman and the grit of Brian Boyle help make the Lightning a more complete team and the team clearly saw enough out of Callahan to convince themselves that he is a necessary long-term piece for the club. The addition of Evgeni Nabokov also provides some insulation should Bishop run into injuries once again while not clogging the future path to the Lightning roster should Gudlevskis or 2012 first-rounder Andrei Vasilevskiy force the issue. DEPTH CHART Forwards Left Wing Centre Right Wing Jonathan Drouin Steven Stamkos Ryan Callahan Alex Killorn Valtteri Filppula Brett Connolly Ondrej Palat Tyler Johnson J.T. Brown Brenden Morrow Brian Boyle Nikita Kucherov Jonathan Marchessault Vladislav Namestnikov Richard Panik Adam Erne Cedric Paquette Michael Blunden Defence Left Right Victor Hedman Anton Stralman Jason Garrison Matt Carle Eric Brewer Radko Gudas Mark Barberio Andrej Sustr Slater Koekkoek Matt Corrente Goaltenders Ben Bishop Evgeni Nabokov Andrei Vasilevski Craigs List TSN Director of Scouting Craig Buttons Top Prospect: Jonathan Drouin Jonathan has exceptional intelligence on the ice and it takes his level of play to unprecedented heights. Great vision of the known and unknown and his anticipation of the patterns unfolding and ability to then makes plays of a highly productive nature is outstanding. He is always probing for the weakness in a defense and when he finds it, hea€?s lightning quick to exploit it. Great hands and he can make all manner of plays with the puck in traffic and in tight areas. Hea€?s involved in all of the heavy and critical areas and he has a burning desire to excel and make things happen. He can play any situation in the game and he does so with a full comprehension of what each one requires. He is that player who beats up opponents with his skill, his mind and his competitiveness. Fantasy - Cullens Player to Watch - Nikita Kucherov The 2011 second-rounder faces a lot of competition for quality ice time among the Lightnings talented young forwards, but the numbers indicate that Kucherov can score if given the opportunity. Start with 87 points in 47 QMJHL (playoff plus regular season) games in 2012-2013 and then he opened his pro career with 24 points in 17 AHL games last season, earning a promotion to the Lightning. 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