CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 24: Tyler Johnson #9 of the Tampa Bay Lightning is congratulated by teammates after scoring his second goal of the third period against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on January 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Lightning defeated the Blackhawks 5-2. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

October is minutes away and hockey nerds like me are waiting for the puck to drop. No offense baseball, but you served your purpose. You filled in the downtime between hockey and football.

The Tampa Bay Lightning came close to lifting the Stanley Cup a few years ago. Will this be the year it happens for the Bolts? USA Today seems to think there’s a pretty good chance.

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