Tampa Bay Lightning forced to start with only four defenseman to start California trip

Tampa Bay Lightning reach a fork in the road of young season after setting dubious record

TAMPA  - Just two weeks into the start of the regular season, the Tampa Bay Lightning look like a team wandering through the desert seeking their oasis.
That oasis ended the past two seasons with all the champagne that filled the Stanley Cup.
Right now, the only visions that can be seen as the trek toward a third title are merely a mirage as the Lightning sit with the worst record through six games in the Jon Cooper era.
If you squint hard enough there are some signs of what appears to be the team that drank from that oasis twice in the past two seasons. It's hard to tell, however, if it's a m...


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