Thursday's Lightning-Kings game... Tampa scored 4 goals in 2 minutes and 12 seconds on Quick halfway through the 1st period. One would think the Kings would put some effort into it at that point, but the peppering of Quick continued and had it not been for Quick being Superman, it could easily have been 8-0 after the 1st. That's how bad the Kings looked in comparison to the Lightning's speed. LA did start putting forth effort in the 2nd, but it wasn't enough. The Lightning, healthy, are ridiculously good right now. They happen to be 2nd in the league in defensive scoring with 12 goals.
There are some interesting parallels between the Blues and the Lightning. Both are using active defense. Both have one line which is playing lights out right now. Both are getting really good goaltending when the active D gets caught. The only differences are the Blues aren't healthy and the Lightning overall have a faster group of forwards.
I'm actually concerned when Bouwmeester gets back, because he isn't a fast defenseman - like everyone currently playing except Bortuzzo.
I've noticed that too about the Lightning. Being down in Tampa for the last month, I've seen more Lightning hockey than anything else recently. Their top line is amazing right now, but like the Blues, one has to wonder when it will taper off. Yes, I think it is a matter of when, not if, for both teams. Not saying we'll drop to third in the Division or anything, but history would indicate neither of these teams will finish with 135 points.
Tampa has great east-west puck movement down low by the goal- I don't know how many goals I've seen them score by finding the open man on the side of the net, drawing the goalie and defense, then that guy passing to the open man on the other side that snuck in behind the defensive shift. It's even more pronounced when they have the man advantage- they are making teams look silly.