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Lightning postseason: Does experience count?

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.