“We are comfortable playing with each other. It does not matter who we are out there with. We are a confident group.”
The words of Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman, Victor Hedman, point to a key part of the team’s success this season. He highlights the “confidence” of this group, of the coach, and of the individual players.
They are all capable of contributing to the game at any moment and they often do it when the team needs a boost.
The fourth line, consisting of Adam Erne, Cedric Paquette and Mathieu Joseph, combined for five points in the win against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday.
Nikita Kucherov named the line the best line on the ice.
Kucherov had two assists in the game, pushing his total to 108 points. He is now tied with Vinny Lecavalier for the Tampa Bay Lightning’s single season franchise record for points.
The potential to set new records extends to two other players, too.
Steven Stamkos needs one more goal to tie Lecavalier’s franchise record for goals in the regular season at 383 goals.
Andrei Vasilevskiy only needs one more win to tie Louis Domingue’s 11 game winning streak set earlier this season.
This team, game by game and player by player, is rewriting the history books with 15 games remaining in the regular season.