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Direct Current 15: Re-Capping the Historic Season

Monday, April 8th, 2019
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Tampa Bay Lightning 2018-19 Regular Season Recap and Playoffs Prognostication

We’ve made it to the end of another Tampa Bay Lightning regular season and what a season it was. The only thing better than seeing the 2018/19 regular season go down in history as a record-breaking romp is a well-substantiated hope that this is just the beginning of the Lightning’s new dynasty. (more…)

Direct Current 14: Rink-ing in the New Year

Monday, December 31st, 2018
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Tampa Bay Lightning 2018-19 Mid-Season Progress Report

It’s hard to believe that we’re sitting so close to the mid-point of the 2018/2019 season. It seems like just yesterday that we were doing the same for the previous season, which saw the Lightning almost make it to the Stanley Cup Finals. Although last season seemed like it may have been the Bolts’ best chance to regain the coveted trophy, three games out from mid-way, this season is proving itself to be an even better run. (more…)

Direct Current 13: Checking In on the 2018/2019 Bolts

Monday, November 19th, 2018
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Tampa Bay Lightning Progress November 2018

Here in Tampa Bay, we’ve got quite a bevy of sports to gather round and celebrate. While the Buccaneers may not be doing so great (at 3-7 following a narrow loss to the Giants over the weekend), the Bolts are always something for us to be excited about. Having nearly made it to the Stanley Cup Finals last year, the team electrified the division, conference and league last season, suffering only a few dips in form. (more…)

Direct Current 12: New Season. New Goals

Monday, October 8th, 2018
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2018/2019 Tampa Bay Lightning Season Preview

As huge fans of the Lightning, we love the energy of the preseason. Not only do you get a chance to see the coaches working to put together their best starting side, but you also get a feel for how the dynamics between teams are shaping up and how they’ll play out once the actual season kicks off. (more…)

Direct Current 11: Tampa Bay Lightning Playoff Takeaways

Friday, May 4th, 2018
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Tampa Bay Lightning Stanley Cup Playoffs 2018 Round 2 Progress

As we gear up for what will be a consequential, though not series-settling, game in Boston tonight, we at Friendly Kia have been glued to our TVs watching the Bolts in this post-season. Tonight, you may even catch some of us at Curtis Hixon for the road-game watch party that Riverfest is doing. (more…)

Direct Current 10: Lightning Through to Round 2 Edition

Monday, April 23rd, 2018
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Tampa Bay Lightning News and Playoff Progress

Playoffs are high stakes time. Although the NHL uses a series method to award progression, every game still counts. All it takes is a team to losing their momentum and pluck from their opponents to overturn 2- or even 3-game leads. (more…)

Direct Current 9: How Did We Do?

Monday, April 9th, 2018
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Tampa Bay Lightning 2017/2018 Regular Season Review

It’s a wonderful time to be a Bolts fan. The Tampa Bay Lightning have won the 2017/2018 NHL Atlantic Division and are Eastern Conference regular season champions. We did it! It’s been a wild ride and as Lightning fans ourselves here at Friendly Kia (well, most of us anyway), we’re ready for the playoffs! (more…)

Direct Current 8: It’s a Clinch!

Friday, March 23rd, 2018
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Tampa Bay Lightning News March 2018

The Tampa Bay Lightning have clinched a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs! As expected winners of the Atlantic Division, we can all celebrate what will almost certainly be one of the most successful seasons in the club’s fairly-young history. Will it be as successful as 2003/04 was? We hope so, and the team certainly looks up for it. (more…)

Direct Current 7: 7 Great Moments in Tampa Bay Lightning History

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018
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Tampa Bay Lightning Greatest Hits

At Friendly Kia, it’s no secret that we’re HUGE Bolts fans. Having finished in the middle of the Atlantic Division last year, the Lightning is a team that has been surprising the entire NHL this season. At the time of this blog’s publication, the Lightning sits atop the entire NHL with 96 points from 67 games and an astonishing goal difference of 59. (more…)

Direct Current 6: 6 Weeks to Stanley Cup Glory

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018
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Tampa Bay Lightning News February 21, 2018

We’re between six and seven weeks from the beginning of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and things are getting a lot sweatier at the top. At the time of this blog post’s publication, the Tampa Bay Lightning are still sitting on top of the NHL for points scored, wins, goals scored and goal difference.

That’s only part of the story, however, as Boston has recently been surging and is within a point of the Bolts with two games in hand on them. Across the continental divide, Nashville’s win streak has propelled them to the top of the Central Division, while Las Vegas’ loss keeps them below us by only one point. (more…)