DALLAS – The Lightning start the 2018-19 season exactly the same as they did last season - at home against the Florida Panthers.
Tampa Bay will kick off defense of its Atlantic Division title with a five-game home stand that begins on Oct. 6 against in-state rival Florida - the same two teams opened the season on the same date last year - and concludes Oct. 18 against Detroit before the team heads out on a five-game road trip.
The now annual bye week for Tampa Bay, which features a seven-day stretch without a game, will coincide with All-Star weekend as the Lightning have no games on the sche...
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