Not sure if you’ve ever experienced Tampa Bay in early June. It’s not pleasant. The rare times you do venture outside, it’s so hot and humid it leaves you feeling gross and swampy and fat. All right, perhaps that’s just me. Fortunately, I have nine months to work on my body-image issues before having to endure it again.
That’s because, and you can book this one, the Tampa Bay Lightning will advance to the Stanley Cup final in 2020 and they will win it. And when they are parading around the ice with the Cup on a sultry night in June, they’ll be able to point directly back at the spirit-killing gut-punch they endured at the hands of the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round of the 2019 playoffs as a main reason they’re celebrating.
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About the Author
Ken Campbell, The Hockey News' senior writer, is in his second tour with the brand after an eight-year stint as a beat reporter for the Maple Leafs for the Toronto Star. The Sudbury native once tried out for the Ontario League's Wolves as a 30-year-old. Needless to say, it didn't work out.