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Lightning chosen to play vs. Sabres in NHL Global Series, Nov. 8 and 9 in Stockholm, Sweden

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At the crack of dawn on Thursday, the Tampa Bay Lightning announced that the team has been selected to play in the 2019 NHL Global Series against the Buffalo Sabres. The games will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, on Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9, 2019, at the Ericsson Globe. From the press release,

Tickets and VIP hospitality packages to the Nov. 8 and Nov. 9 NHL Global Series games between the Buffalo Sabres and Tampa Bay Lightning at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden, will go on sale at 9 a.m. CET on Wednesday, March 27 at www.livenation.se.

The last time the Lightning played in Europe was in 2008, vs. the New York Rangers in two games held in Prague, Czech Republic. They lost both games by scores of 2-1, so here’s hoping for a better outcome.

The Swede count for the Tampa Bay Lightning is currently two. The Swede count for the Buffalo Sabres is currently four, with a sad Alex Nylander looking on from the AHL. If the rosters stay stable, Victor Hedman, Anton Stralman, Rasmus Dahlin, Johan Larsson, Lawrence Pilut and Linus Ullmark will be making a homecoming trip to share Sweden with their NHL buddies.

In a feature written by Bryan Burns, Hedman has already threatened his teammates with a “mystery” food, which we immediately identified as pickled herring:

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman has a surprise for his teammates when they visit his home country next fall.

Exactly what that surprise is, Hedman’s not divulging, at least on the record.

And we’re not telling because, hey, who wants to get the hulking 6-foot-6 blueliner on their bad side?

”It’s going to smell, I can tell you that much,” Hedman said with a grin. “And it’s food. It’s a specialty in Sweden. I don’t like it personally.”

The series will also feature two exhibition games, with the Chicago Blackhawks playing Eisbären on Sunday, September 29 in Berlin, Germany after holding training camp overseas; and the Philadelphia Flyers playing Lausanne HC in Switzerland on Monday, September 30, also after holding training camp overseas. The two NHL teams will play each other in their season openers on Friday, October 4 in Prague.

Ondrej Palat will just have to attend the Prague game as a hockey fan.

So, are you making the trip?

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