Steven Stamkos knows reaching 60-goals again will be unlikely in this year's abbreviated 48-game season.
But the Tampa Bay center feels the Lightning returning to the playoffs is well within reach in the lockout-curtailed campaign.
''Getting into the playoffs, that's our goal here,'' Stamkos said. ''We want to be a playoff team. It's going to be a different year. It's a sprint. You've got to get off to a good start.''
Stamkos had an NHL-best 60 goals when the Lightning, one year removed from reaching the Eastern Conference finals, missed out on postseason play last season.
''After last year, we were very disappointed,'' Stamkos said. ''This league is about consistency. You have to find a way that, if things aren't going well, you don't let it slide. Last year we were guilty of that. We can't take anything for granted.''
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