WHERE/WHEN: The Forum; 7:30 p.m.
TV/RADIO: Sun Sports/970 AM
INJURIES: Panthers — G Tim Thomas (groin), D Ed Jovanovski (hip), C Nick Bjugstad (concussion), LW Sean Bergenheim (hip), out. Lightning — D Brian Lee (knee), C Tom Pyatt (broken collarbone), out.
NEED TO KNOW: Tampa Bay is 10-7-3 all-time in home openers. ... The Lightning have allowed the first goal in all three games this season. ... Tampa Bay is 24-21-11 all-time at home against Florida. ... C Steven Stamkos has 17 goals and 30 points in 28 career games agaisnt Florida. ... Players will walk the “blue’’ carpet into the building beginning at 4 p.m., signing autographs and taking pictures with fans as they enter. ... The first 10,000 fans will receive light-up thunder sticks. ... The Panthers have started the season 0-for-16 on the power play. ... Tampa Bay went 3-1-1 against the Panthers last season. ... G Jacob Markstrom is expected to start in net for Florida. ... Lightning coach Jon Cooper did not announce the starting goaltender. Ben Bishop has started the past two games after Anders Lindback played in the season opener.