Lightning Round: We have a hockey game tonight!

The Tampa Bay Lightning haven’t played a game since last Monday’s loss to the Florida Panthers at Amalie Arena in Tampa. Both games this week against the Dallas Stars have been postponed due to a winter storm in Texas. It wasn’t the first time this season that games between these teams were delayed — two previous games had been moved to May due to the COVID-19 outbreak within the Dallas Stars organization.

Returning Thursday, the team had planned to travel to Raleigh Monday morning before the game with the Carolina Hurricanes. However, on Friday morning, the NHL announced that the game with the Hurricanes, originally scheduled for March 28, will be played tonight at 7 p.m. ET in Raleigh. Thus, the Bolts will play four consecutive games against the Canes in six days.

The Hurricanes were originally scheduled to play the Chicago Blackhawks tonight, but that game has been canceled and will be rescheduled for a later, yet to be announced date.

The Lightning are leaving for Carolina today and will not be able to practice the morning before the game as usual. In his interview, Jon Cooper said the team is ready to travel on game day and no matter what team they play.

Barclay Goodrow called it “the story of the season” and admitted the team had grown accustomed to planning changes.

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The Orlando Solar Bears road trip ended with an overtime loss to the Florida Everblades.

Mathieu Joseph also wonders when the Lightning will get an away game in the future.

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The first game in Lake Tahoe will be played tonight between the Colorado Avalanche and the Vegas Golden Knights.

Can’t argue – it’s a beautiful view.

Rasmus Ristolainen has shared some details of his recovery process from COVID-19 and it sounds scary what this virus can do to even a professional athlete.

Despite a bad start to the regular season, the owners of the Nashville Predators are not considering firing David Poile, the team’s general manager.

Catherine J. Martinez