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Thursday, October 10th (All times Eastern)

Florida Panthers (1-2-0) at Tampa Bay Lightning (2-1-0), 7:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Tampa Bay Lightning will aim for their first three- game winning streak since early last season, as they host the rival Florida Panthers in Thursday's home opener at Tampa Times Forum.

The Lightning have won two straight since losing its season opener in Boston, posting recent road victories in Chicago and Buffalo. Another victory on Thursday would give Tampa its first three-game winning streak since it won five straight from Jan. 22-Feb. 1.

Starting out 2-1 on the road is a good sign for the Bolts, who had a dismal 6-16-2 record as the guest in 2013. Tampa was 12-10-2 as the host during last year's shortened season and it hopes to open its home schedule with a win on Thursday.

The Panthers, meanwhile, are aiming for their second win of the campaign after dropping two in a row following a season-opening win at Dallas.

Florida, which suffered a 7-0 loss in St. Louis on Saturday and a 2-1 regulation setback Tuesday in Philadelphia, is capping a four-game road trip to start the season tonight. The Panthers were just 7-16-1 on the road in 2013.

The Lightning claimed three of five meetings against Florida in 2013, but the Panthers did win the final two encounters. Both of Florida's wins against Tampa Bay last season were on the road.

Tampa earned an overtime win in Buffalo on Tuesday, as the Bolts overcame a pair of one-goal deficits in the 3-2 victory.

Alex Killorn scored the game-winner for Tampa just 1:50 into the extra session. Killorn corralled a loose puck on the left side of the net, skated around to the right and lifted one over Jhonas Enroth's glove to provide the game winner.

Teddy Purcell and Tyler Johnson also lit the lamp for the Lightning, while Ben Bishop made 21 saves in the win.

"We dug ourselves in a little hole but we showed a lot of resiliency and character and that's good to see that early on," Purcell said.

Florida not only lost Tuesday's game in Philadelphia, but also watched as starting goaltender Tim Thomas suffered an injury in the setback. Thomas lasted just 7:31 of game time before being pulled due to a lower-body injury, having allowed two goals on five shots.

"Just slightly pulled his groin, so I don't think it's anything long term," Panthers head coach Kevin Dineen said of the injury.

Thomas, who was signed to a one-year deal by Florida just prior to the season, is day-to-day. Jacob Markstrom, who finished Tuesday's contest perfect on 13 shots faced, will get the call on Thursday.

Brad Boyes recorded the lone score for the Panthers on Tuesday.

10/10 10:49:45 ET

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Schedule

Wednesday, April 16Full Scoreboard
Montreal 4/16 7:00 PM ET
Tampa Bay CNBC, CBC, RDS, SunSports
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
Columbus 4/16 7:30 PM ET
Pittsburgh NBCSN, CBC, FS-OH, ROOT
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
Dallas 4/16 10:00 PM ET
Anaheim NBCSN, TSN
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
Full Scoreboard

Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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