Before the season started many NHL analysts had the Tampa Bay Lightning winners of the Atlantic Division and many had them as Stanley Cup finalists. 

The Lightning have kept up to their side of the bargain so far as they sit on top of the Atlantic Division even if it's only by one point. 

With a one point lead ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs, three points on the Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres, and four points on the Montreal Canadiens, that lead can easily disappear.

The Lightning announced Thursday morning that 2018 Vezina Finalist ANdrei Vasilevkiy is out indefinitely after fracturing his foot.  

The goalie has been the backbone for the Lightning and will leave a big hole with his absence. 

Backup Louis Domingue will likely takeover and that's not necessarily a good thing. 

Domingue has started five games this season and has registered a 3.43 goals against average and .887 save percentage. 

Image Credit: Getty Images