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Lightning Round: Bolts are heading out west

Closing out October with some late night hockey

Los Angeles Kings v Tampa Bay Lightning Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Lightning are getting their first West Coast trip out of the way early this season. They’ll spend this week in California as they take on the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday, Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday, and San Jose Sharks on Saturday. Stock up on your coffee folks. At least there is a small break on Saturday as the Lightning and Sharks drop the puck at 4:30 PM EST.

It’s been an odd and disjointed start to the season for the Lightning as they’ve only played two regular season home games and have also knocked out two back-to-back series already. They do have their third one to kick off the California swing as the scheduling gods continue to mess with the defending Eastern Conference Champions.

The good news is that things settle down in November. There are 13 games next month and 9 of them are at Amalie Arena. The only back-to-back comes at the end of the month as they head to Buffalo and Boston for a pair of games. That’s really their only road trip as their other two away games are one and done (Washington and Nashville).

With their first win at Amalie Arena, hopefully, the Lightning can continue their strong play at home once they get back to Tampa after this week and start climbing up the standings.

Lightning / NHL News

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