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Lightning begin quest to defend Stanley Cup as season opens against Blackhawks – Tampa, Florida

Tampa, Florida 2021-01-13 07:57:26 –

A little less than four months ago, Tampa Bay Lightning triumphantly held the Stanley Cup after defeating the Dallas Stars in six games, but now the page is changing to a new season.

Tampa Bay will begin the 2021 season and defend the Stanley Cup at home against the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night.

“If you taste champagne in the Stanley Cup, I want to do it again,” said Bolt head coach John Cooper.

This year is different from last year. There are no bubbles, the division has been reorganized, there are 56 seasons, and players and coaches are adapting again to make this a success and make it the COVID-19 free season.

The team launched a simplified training camp earlier this month and entered the regular season in less than two weeks.

This season, the team lacks some familiar faces. Kevin Schattenkirk (contracted with Anaheim), Carter Belhege (contracted with Florida), Braidon Coburn (contracted with Ottawa), Cedric Packet (contracted with Ottawa) are gone. In addition, Nikita Kucherov has been out this year with a back injury.

Fans will not be able to participate in the Lightning game for the time being, but Bolt will start the season with four consecutive home games. Two times against Chicago and two times against the stars in the Stanley Cup Finals rematch.

Wednesday night pack drop is 8pm



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