1. Tampa Bay Lightning
Previous: No. 1
Expectation bar: Matched
It feels weird to say this team has matched expectations. I’m sure it has exceeded them in some respects. But just looking at this roster, you knew if Steve Stamkos stayed healthy and Andrei Vasilevskiy proved capable of replacing Ben Bishop, things were going to click. Both of those have happened, and the Bolts are cruising along.
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