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Degrees of separation: Lightning vs. Panthers

by Michelle Gingras / Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning will open the season up at Amalie Arena tonight as it faces the Florida Panthers. Last year the Panthers traveled to Tampa for the Lightning home opener where the Bolts defeated the Cats 7-2. The Bolts also faced the Panthers twice in the 2014-15 preseason, beating them both times by a combined seven to one. Puck drops at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Amalie Arena and you can keep up with all of the action on Sun Sports.

Here are tonight's degrees of separation between the Bolts and Panthers:

-Lightning left winger Brenden Morrow & Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo won a gold medal together at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver as part of team Canada.

-- There are two former first overall draft picks playing in tonight's game. Tonight will feature both Steven Stamkos (2008) and Aaron Ekblad (2014) with both players coming from the Ontario Hockey League.

-- Bolts defenseman Jason Garrison started his NHL career with the Panthers where he played in 190 games and recorded 23 goals and 59 points.

-- Both teams have a first through third overall draft pick on tonight's roster. The Lightning feature Steven Stamkos (first overall pick in 2008), Victor Hedman (second overall pick in 2009) and Jonathan Drouin (third overall pick in 2013). In the lineup for the Panthers will be Aaron Ekblad (first overall pick in 2014), Aleksander Barkov (second overall pick in 2013), Jonathan Huberdeau (third overall pick in 2011), and Erik Gudbranson (third overall pick in 2010).

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