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2013 Tampa Bay Lightning post-lockout preseason updates

With the end of the 2012-2013 NHL lockout, the race to the beginning of the NHL season is on for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Within this stream are a collection of updates and articles leading up to the 2013 Tampa Bay Lightning season opener against the Washington Capitals.

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24 Total Updates since January 7, 2013
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Season preview: Depth and prediction

In the fourth and final part of our 2013 Tampa Bay Lightning season preview, we highlight the roster and give a final prediction on the season ahead.

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Who's IN and OUT with the 2013 Bolts

A brief guide to the players that have come and gone since the last time the Tampa Bay Lightning took to the ice. Part two of Raw Charge's 2013 Lightning season preview.

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Season preview: Last season's process

Our four part preview of the 2013 season starts with a summarization / recap of the Tampa Bay Lightning's 2011-12 season..

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Four placed on waivers; is the roster set?

With several players on wiavers today, it gives us a glimpse of what the likely opening night roster is for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Boucher: Roster will be set by Friday

The Bolts continue workouts and scrimmages in Estero, with beat reporters Erik Erlendsson and Damian Cristodero following the team along and reporting on things, as well as opining here and there about surprising performances by Syracuse Crunch invitees.

With the new season starting on Saturday at Times Palace, Damian Cristodero shared a little nugget with readers from the lips of Guy Boucher:

Odds are that the roster has already been decided upon, but an extended look-see is taking place for some of the young players for the sake of experience. Erik Erlendsson had an article in the Tampa Tribune today stating that forward Cory Conacher is doing everything he can to prove he belongs on this team.

If Conacher is making the team, then that leaves one or two roster spots if the Lightning intend to use a full 23 man roster. This puts bubble forwards such as J.T. Wyman, Kyle WIlson, Mike Angelidis and Tyler Johnson on notice: they have one more day to sell themselves.

For those who want to bring up the defense situation (as Radko Gudas and Mark Barberio are turning heads), that's a totally different subject and discussion to be had. We'll talk about it later.

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2012-2013 Tampa Bay Lightning Goaltending Preview

Anders Lindback faces more challenges than simply a shortened season. How will he fare?

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Tampa Bay Lightning practice schedule for the week

With the home opener fast approaching, the Tampa Bay Lightning will head south to Germain Arena for the next four days to hold their post-lockout training amp. All the fun gets underway at 6:15 this evening in Estero. The Lightning will then head back to Tampa n Friday for another public workout at the Tampa Bay Times FOrum.

All times are subject to change, and though it doesn't say it - the Germain Arena practices are supposed to be open to the public. Are you going to be at practice in Estero this week? Let us know in comments.

Monday, January 14 at Germain Arena
6:15-8:15 p.m. - Practice

Tuesday, January 15 at Germain Arena
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Practice

Wednesday, January 16 at Germain Arena
9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. - Practice

Thursday, January 17 at Germain Arena
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Practice

Friday, January 18 at Tampa Bay Times Forum
11:30 a.m. - Practice (Open to the public with a free lunch offered for fans on the West Plaza)

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Lightning open camp with fan fest

The Tampa Bay Lightning got down to post-lockout business Sunday by opening their pre-season training camp and turning it into an open house event for fans.

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Lightning finalize training camp roster

The Tampa Bay Lightning have finalized their training camp roster by naming four more players from Syracuse, but not exactly who you'd expect

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Bolts schedule released

After a long day of waiting, the Tampa Bay Lightning schedule is released to teh public.

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Vinny's 1000th career game is vs the Islanders

The full Tampa Bay Lightning schedule for the 2012-2013 season has not been released, as we're waiting for the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), but word has leaked out that the Bolts first few game dates at the Tampa Bay Times Forum are as follows:

Saturday, January 19th versus Washington Capitals
Monday, January 21st: at New York Islanders
Tuesday, January 22nd: at Carolina Hurricanes
Friday, January 25th: versus the Ottawa Senators

What this means is that Vincent Lecavalier, who has a grand total of 998 NHL games played - and all in a Lightning uniform, may play his 1000th career game on the road at the Islanders. It's possible that he could be held out those two road games so that he plays his 1000th game in Tampa, but that's probably not very likely in a shortened season. However, the Lightning will almost certainly still celebrate his accomplishment during the following home game, versus the Ottawa Senators on the 25th.

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Lightning schedule for the next few days

The 2013 NHL schedule gets released on Saturday and the Bolts open their brief camp on Sunday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

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Bolts open season against Washington

Both local beat writers Damian Cristodero and Erik Erlendsson report that the Tampa Bay Lightning will open the season on January 19th not against the in-state rival Florida Panthers (as I erroneously suggested last night), but against the likes of Alex Ovechkin, Mike Green and the Washington Capitals. The season opener will also be the home opener as at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Cristodero provides a bit of a timeline for the next several days of team and franchise functions in his post on the subject of the season opener: The Bolts will split training camp between the Tampa Bay Times Forum and Germain Arena in Estero. Sunday and Monday's training sessions at the Tampa Bay Times Forum is expected to be open to the public. No word if that will be the case for training in Estero later in the week.

The complete season schedule is still unknown and may not be released for another several days. We'll keep you posted on the matter.

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Bolts vs. Cats season opener?

Schedules still haven't been released for the NHL's 2012-2013 season, but during the day today many match-ups have leaked out, such as the Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings hosting the Chicago Blackhawks at Staples Center. Many of the other games that have been leaked had sounded lie they were squarely supposed to spark emotions and be rivalry games.

Which leads us to a tweet by The Buffalo News' writer Mike Harrington:

Florida. In Sunrise, i would presume. And how fitting in a way, after all the NHL lockout cost both clubs the chance to renew their rivalry as early as the preseason. There were supposed to be nine total contests between the Lightning and Panthers when you included those practice contests in Tampa, in Sunrise, and the neutral site of Estero (home of the ECHL's Florida Everblades in southwest Florida, near Naples).

Everything will officially come out soon enough, and I'm more curious about the Lightning's second game, as that will be captain Vincent Lecavalier's 1,000th NHL game. That would be a great event to open the home schedule with at Times Palace.

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