Tampa Bay Lightning: Five reasons for hope in 2023-24

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Tampa Bay Lightning Reasons For Hope: Still have the Big Cat

By his standards, Andrei Vasilevskiy did not have a great season in 2022-23. His save percentage of .915 was his lowest since 2015-16; likewise, his goals-against average of 2.65 was also his worst since 2015-16.

But even with those stats, he was still top ten in the league in both categroies among goalies that played at least 40 games in 2022-23.

Given what the Lightning are paying Vasilevskiy, he is going to be held to a higher standard than other goalies accross the league.

But as long as you have a top ten goalie that can eat up 60 games, you’re going to stay competitive every night even if the rest of the squad doesn’t always have their best stuff.

Plus he has a new mask for the season.


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