April 7, 2012; Winnipeg, MB, CAN; Tampa Bay Lightning forward Martin St. Louis (26) during the third period against the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre. Tampa Bay wins 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-US PRESSWIRE

Keys to the Season #7: Marty and Vinny of Old

November 17, 2011; Tampa FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier (4) is congratulated by defenseman Matt Gilroy (97) and right wing Martin St. Louis (26) during the third period at St. Pete Times Forum. Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

We all remember the days when Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier would combine to form one of the deadliest attacks any opposition could see over the course of a season.  Those days seem like a long time ago but in reality, it was only five or six seasons ago since this combination was together breaking records and winning trophies.  Lecavalier was the Maurice Rocket Richard winner in 2006-2007 which also happened to be the year that St. Louis set a career high in points with 102.

April 7, 2012; Winnipeg, MB, CAN; Tampa Bay Lightning forward Vincent Lecavalier (4) during the first period against the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-US PRESSWIRE

Unfortunately for us Lightning fans, these two great players are no longer in their twenties and are both, especially Marty, entering the twilight of their careers.  Fortunately for us Lightning fans, these two players are in fantastic shape and are capable of recapturing their formal selves without question.  St. Louis has always been known for his rigorous off season workouts and nonstop, relentless attitude.  Lecavalier on the other hand is still only thirty-two years old and is finally coming into a season completely healthy again with an entire off season to have a complete training regimen.  With news of the lockout forcing games to be missed, probably the only bit of good news will be that both of these players should benefit a little bit by keeping their bodies fresh so they can continue to succeed down the stretch.

For the Tampa Bay Lightning to be successful this year though, these two leaders must step up and get back to their old ways of creating magic on the ice.  If you can have two lines with a mixture of Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis, and Steven Stamkos firing on all cylinders then that will be a recipe for pure domination.  No defense will be able to stop it if all three players were at the top of their games.  I think it would be great to put Marty back on Vinny’s line to create two top scoring lines.  Stamkos will be fine anchoring his line, he really is that good; but Vinny really needs St. Louis in order to be great.

We shall see what ends up happening with all of the lockout news but I strongly believe that most of the season will be played.  The Lightning are going to need to be ready right from the start so the Captain and Alternate Captain must get the boys ready to play Bolts hockey.  Expect huge years from Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis as they recapture their old glory days which will in turn, bring on a successful season for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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