No. 6: Tampa Bay Lightning
Season record: 13-10-1 (27 points)
The Tampa Bay Lightning are cruising along in third place in the Atlantic Division with a plus-6 goal differential. With sniper Steven Stamkos out for 4 months, Nikita Kucherov leads the team with 26 points and is one of five NHL players with double figures in both goals and assists.
Nominal starting goalie Ben Bishop has faltered a badly in November, but Andrei Vasilevsky has picked up the slack with a record of 6-2-1, including two shutouts, and a .940 save percentage.