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Lightning announce 2014-15 home opener

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have announced the date, time and opponent for their first home game of the 2014-15 season in advance of the full schedule, which will be announced tomorrow.

The Panthers and Lightning will renew in-state hostilities on October 9th at the Tampa Bay Times Forum
The Panthers and Lightning will renew in-state hostilities on October 9th at the Tampa Bay Times Forum
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For the second season in a row, the Lightning will open their home schedule against division rivals the Florida Panthers.

From the team issued press release:

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today that they will open their 2014-15 home schedule against the Florida Panthers on October 9 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum at 7:30 p.m.

The Bolts defeated the Panthers, 7-2, in their home opener last season on October 10. Steven Stamkos recorded a hat trick in the victory, scoring a shorthanded, power-play and even-strength goal. The Lightning's seven goals in the game were the most registered in a single game all season.

Tampa Bay owns an all-time record of 11-7-1 with two ties in home openers. The Lightning have won three of their past four home openers. The Bolts were a perfect 4-0-0 against Florida in 2013-14, including one win by shootout. They outscored the Panthers by a total of 21-10 last season.

The Lightning's full 2014-15 regular season schedule will be announced tomorrow.