Ask the Expert: Phil Esposito

by Gary Shelton on January 14, 2015 · 0 comments

in general, Tampa Bay Lightning

Wednesday, 10:36 a.m.

Phil Esposito was a Hall of Fame forward for the Boston Bruins. Not only that, the Tampa Bay Lightning was his brainchild, and he was the team's first owner. Even now, he works on the team's radio crew. Each week, Esposito will answer questions from readers. To ask Phil a question, send it to

Obviously, it was a tough road trip for the Lightning. Does it affect the way you look at them in the power rankings? Where would you rank the Lightning?

“That's a good question, My feeling is that they're not as good as they think they are. Because of mental lapses. I say that with all due respect, but mentally I don't think they're very strong. You can't win games being weak mentally. Their power play could have won them the game Tuesday night with just one goal. It continues to be a big bone of contention. If they don't get them straightened out, it's going to hurt them.

I'd have them ranked around 5 to 8. I think, when Hedman is out of the lineup, they're weak on

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