Without a shadow of a doubt, fantasy sports are on the rise. In fact, according to Forbes, they will eventually change the entire US sports culture. The FSTA estimates that 57.4 million people are now playing fantasy games - compared to 56.8 million in 2015, 41.5 million in 2014 and 35.9 million in 2011. And of course, as audiences grew, the Internet even became awash with guides for fantasy dummies.
The Montreal Canadiens were coming off a 110 point season in 2015, seeing them win the Atlantic division for the second time in four years, and they seemed to be ready to improve on that going 19-4-2 through the first two months of he 2015-2016 season until it all fell off the rails, turning into one of the biggest collapses in franchise history.
The Tampa Bay Lightning were on track to make it to the Stanley Cup for the second year in a row, but lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The injury plagued team met its fate, when goaltender Ben Bishop pulled his groin in Game 1 of the series ultimately ending his season. Stamkos was also injured but his injury occured awhile back and the Lightning had adjusted. Without their starting goaltender and their all-star captain, the Lightning still made it to game 7 of the conference finals and lost by one goal to the team that won the Cup.