Tampa Bay Lightning open 2017-18 season Friday night against Florida Panthers

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) celebrates with teammates after defeating the Nashville Predators 3-1 in a preseason game at Amalie Arena on Sept. 22, 2017.
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TAMPA, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Lightning open the 2017-18 NHL regular season on Friday night against the Florida Panthers.

Lightning defenseman Jake Dotchin, 23, is a scratch for Friday night’s opener, according to our partners at the Tampa Bay Times.

The Bolts have won three consecutive season openers.

The Panthers have first-year head coach in Bob Boughner, who came to the team after two years as an assistant for the San Jose Sharks.

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The Lightning begin their 25th season on Friday night. The team is 15-7-0 with two ties all-time in season openers.

The puck drops at Amalie Arena at 7:30 p.m. ET Friday. The game will broadcast on Fox Sports Florida and the FOX Sports Sun.

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