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Lightning postseason: Does experience count?

Published:   |   Updated: April 16, 2014 at 09:26 AM

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Of the 27 players on the Lightning roster, 13 have never appeared in an NHL playoff game and 19 have played in fewer than 20. In total, 14 players have a combined 536 playoff games.

By comparison, first-round opponent Montreal boasts 25 of 27 players with experience in a total of 772 playoff games.

Here is a list of Lightning players with postseason game experience:

Valtteri Filppula - 105

Sami Salo - 100

Matt Carle - 84

Ryan Callahan - 59

Ryan Malone - 43

Eric Brewer - 30

Tom Pyatt - 25

Victor Hedman - 18

Teddy Purcell - 18

Steven Stamkos - 18

Nate Thompson - 18

B.J. Crombeen - 16

Mike Kostka - 1

Anders Lindback - 1

 

Making their debuts: Keith Aulie, Mark Barberio, Ben Bishop, J.T. Brown, Radko Gudas, Kristers Gudlevskis, Tyler Johnson, Alex Killorn, Nikita Kucherov, Ondrej Palat, Richard Panik, Cedric Paquette and Andrej Sustr.

 

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