LIGHTNING (1-0-0) at PANTHERS (0-1-0)
7 p.m. ET; FS-F, SUN, NHL.TV
Bob Boughner will be looking for his first win as Florida Panthers coach when they play the Tampa Bay Lightning at BB&T Center on Saturday in the second half of a home-and-home set.
Boughner, who was hired on June 12, lost his coaching debut when the Lightning defeated the Panthers 5-3 at Amalie Arena on Friday.
Florida has won six of its past seven home openers, including victories against Tampa Bay in 2011 (6-0) and 2012 (3-2 in a shootout).
Roberto Luongo, who started for the Panthers and Andrei Vasilevskiy, who started for the Lightning, each could be a backup with two games in two nights.
Steven Stamkos, playing his first NHL regular-season game since Nov. 15, when he sustained a season-ending knee injury, had an assist Friday.
Players to watch
Jonathan Huberdeau's goal Friday gave him 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 20 career games against the Lightning.
Ondrej Palat had two goals Friday and has 16 points since March 23, the second-highest regular-season total in the NHL during that span behind Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers (18).
They said it
"I thought for the most part we carried the play. It was encouraging to watch and hopefully we can build off of it even though we didn't get any points." -- Luongo on the game Friday
"You always find that first back-to-back is always tough. So it's good to be able to get that out of the way right away. It's good, you don't have to worry about it and it gears you up for the season." -- Lightning forward Ryan Callahan on opening the season with games on consecutive days
Panthers projected lineup
Jonathan Huberdeau -- Aleksander Barkov -- Evgenii Dadonov
Jamie McGinn -- Vincent Trocheck -- Radim Vrbata
Connor Brickley -- Jared McCann -- Nick Bjugstad
Micheal Haley -- Derek MacKenzie -- Colton Sceviour
Keith Yandle -- Aaron Ekblad
Mike Matheson -- Mark Pysyk
Ian McCoshen -- Alex Petrovic
Scratched: Denis Malgin, Owen Tippett, MacKenzie Weegar
Lightning projected lineup
Vladislav Namestnikov -- Steven Stamkos -- Nikita Kucherov
Alex Killorn -- Tyler Johnson -- Ryan Callahan
Ondrej Palat -- Brayden Point -- Yanni Gourde
Chris Kunitz -- Cedric Paquette -- Gabriel Dumont
Victor Hedman -- Dan Girardi
Mikhail Sergachev -- Anton Stralman
Braydon Coburn -- Andrej Sustr
Scratched: J.T. Brown, Slater Koekkoek, Jake Dotchin
Injured: Michael Bournival (undisclosed), Erik Condra (back)
The Panthers did not have a morning skate. … After practicing with Hedman in the week leading up to the regular season opener, Dotchin was a healthy scratch Friday. He was kept out of all but one game in the preseason after violating an unspecified team rule. ... With Tampa Bay opening the season with three games in four nights, Budaj could start Saturday. ... Luongo did not start back-to-back games last season, so Reimer likely will start. … Tippett, the No. 10 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, was a healthy scratch Friday, and it is unclear when he will make his NHL debut.
Florida has defeated Tampa Bay in each of their past four games at BB&T Center, with the Lightning scoring a total of four goals in those four games. … Reimer was tied for third in the NHL in save percentage (.926) after Dec. 1 last season among goalies who played at least 30 games.