2013-14 RECORD: 46-27-9, 101 points (second in Atlantic; lost to Canadiens, 4-0, in first round)
VITAL SIGNS: 2.93 goals-for per game (8th), 2.62 goals-against per game (11th), 18.52 power play pct. (13th), 80.74 penalty kill pct. (23rd); shootout record: 8-6 (7th)
NOTABLE DEPARTURES: D Keith Aulie, G Anders Lindback
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in the league last season.
Bishop's breakthrough season earned him consideration as a Vezina finalist, but late-season wrist and elbow injuries ruined his party, keeping him out of the playoffs and effectively ending Tampa Bay's postseason chances. He admitted recently that his wrist is not yet fully healed, and while he hopes to be 100 percent by opening night, it could be a lingering concern. The Bolts have proved they can survive without Stamkos. They're dead in the water without Bishop.
PREDICTION: 99 points, third in Atlantic