TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today that they will open their 2019-20 home schedule against the Florida Panthers on October 3 at AMALIE Arena.
The Bolts defeated the Panthers, 2-1 in a shootout, in their home opener last season. This will mark the seventh time overall Tampa Bay will kick off its home slate against its cross-state rivals. The Lightning have a record of 4-2-0 in those games.
Tampa Bay owns an all-time record of 16-7-3 in home openers and has won seven consecutive dating back to 2011. The Panthers handed the Lightning that loss, a 7-4 decision.
The Lightning's full 2019-20 regular season schedule will be announced at a later date.