Much has changed since the 2015 series that ended with the Lightning becoming the first team to defeat the Rangers in a game 7 at Madison Square Garden. The Lightning are no longer the new kids in the postseason and are now a battle-hardened team with two Cups to their names.
For New York, their roster has been entirely rebuilt since 2015 – only Chris Kreider remains from that team. Their captain, Ryan McDonagh, now wears a Lightning uniform, and they now resemble the up-and-coming team loaded with young talent that the Lightning were in 2015.
Before the series kicks off, we have a couple of questions for the Tampa Bay Lightning that will need to be answered as the series progresses.