The Tampa Bay Lightning have a whole lot to do and not a lot of time to do it.
Because the league shut down for nearly four months due to the NHL imposed lockout, Tampa Bay will open camp today and then open the season less than a week later. In between that gives the Lightning coaches and players six short days to find a way to come together without the benefit of any exhibition games.
To get that done, some quick team chemistry has to be developed. While that process is always important no matter the situation, a shortened 48-game season and at least five new players to integrate into the Lightning system has put some extra emphasis on trying to spark that science project.
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