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Tampa Bay Lightning season preview

Updated: October 3, 2005, 12:16 PM ET
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THE BOTTOM LINE

By Scott Burnside, Special to ESPN.com

Tampa Bay faces a challenge unlike that of every other Stanley Cup champion over the past 86 years -- the Lightning will be defending their title 16 months after first hoisting the Cup.

The lag time brought on by the lockout will eliminate some of the factors that traditionally plague defending champions, such as fatigue and the immediate threat of complacency. But the lockout might introduce other bugaboos, such as bad habits ...

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