TAMPA – The Tampa Bay Lightning are the best team in hockey. There is no debate.
There are so many accolades to pass around, it would require a special section of the newspaper to cover it all at this point. Starting with Andrei Vasilevskiy, the team’s top two lines, the power play, the penalty kill, surprising play of Mikhail Sergachev right on down the line.
But the focal point of Tampa Bay’s 15-2-2 start to the season has been the play of the Wizards of Ov (or the Wizards of Amalie Arena? Wizards of Channelside?), the line with Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov and Vladislav Namestnikov. The trio has combined for 36 goals and 88 points.
While it would be easy to sit down and chat with the three of them to try to get inside their success from their viewpoint, I instead wanted to get the thoughts of those who watch them every day – their teammates, specifically a handful of forwards – to see what they see.
Here’s what they had to say:
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