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Tampa Bay Lightning defense has been a big part of the high-scoring offense

BRANDON – The Lightning blue line knows how to hang out in the red light district on the ice.
One-quarter of the way in to the season, Tampa Bay’s defense has proven to be a big part of the highest scoring team in the league. That’s a far cry from last year when the offense from the defense pretty meant Victor Hedman. See chart below
Hedman, a Norris Trophy finalist last season, set career highs with 16 goals, 56 assists and 72 points. The rest of the defensive core combined for 17 goals, 67 assists and 84 points among eight other defensemen. The gap from Hedman’s 72 points to the next close...


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