The Tampa Bay Lightning‘s 2013-14 season started the way most of their seasons started lately: with uncertainty between the pipes. Anders Lindback was looking to bounce back from the 2013 lockout-shortened season and prove that management was right to believe he could be an NHL starter.
Ben Bishop was brought in at the end of that same season when management’s faith in Lindback began to waver, and also when Lindback was sidelined with an ankle injury.
We all know what happened after that.
Bishop essentially won the starter’s job in his first game of the season against the Chicago Blackhawks, a game that’s now listed alongside history’s greatest thefts. Lindback, meanwhile, continued to struggle in the backup role. He couldn’t pull his save percentage up to a respectable level despite a hot three game run to close the season.
Let’s take an in-depth look at each of their seasons and grade them. Keep in mind, these grades only apply to the regular season.