Apr 21, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis (26), center Steven Stamkos (91), right wing Teddy Purcell (16) and, defenseman Radko Gudas (75) and defenseman Keith Aulie (3) against the Carolina Hurricanes during the first period at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Lightning in October

Our Tampa Bay Lightning play twelve games in October with somewhat of an odd schedule. The first three are on the road, then seven in a row at the Forum, finishing up the month with two on the road.

In that stretch, there are two games against the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, two games against the Boston Bruins, one against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and one against the 2012 Stanley Cup Champions, the Los Angeles Kings. No one can look at October’s opponents and say it’s going to be easy.

My question to you is this: how many of a possible 24 points do you think the Bolts will be able to rack up in the first month of the season?

If I’m Jon Cooper, I’m looking at opening against last season’s Stanley Cup finalists in consecutive games and thinking that the schedule-maker didn’t do me any favors.

Oh sure, it’s easy for you to say that the team will be able to use that first road trip to bond on the road; let’s hope it’s bonding and not being bombarded with relentless pressure from having to win against two battle-tested teams that are hungry for another trip to the Finals.

Given the schedule and the quality of the opposition, I’m thinking that 15 out of a possible 24 points by the end of the month would put us on the road to a great start. Do you think I’m being overly optimistic?

Leave us a comment and let me know how you think our Bolts will fare in the first month of the season.

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