Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Bolts look ready to kick ice

Posted By on Tue, Jan 15, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Lightning, captured at yesterdays Bolts Fan Fest, are glad to be back on the ice
  • Nicole Abbett
  • Lightning, captured at yesterday's Bolts Fan Fest, are glad to be back on the ice.
On Saturday, Jan. 19, the Tampa Bay Lightning will kick off their 20th NHL season against the Washington Capitals. The puck drops at 7 p.m.

Not only do we have the largest jumbotron in North America — I like to refer as the humungotron — but we also have the tallest goaltender in Bolts history, Anders Lindback. Although, Mathieu Garon is back, Lindback, who towers over the other players at 6-foot-6, is said to be a key element in the Lightning's success.

A host of new players and the return of seasoned veterans like Vinny Lecavalier, Marty St. Louis, and the league's leading goal scorer Steven Stamkos, will help to solidify one of the best seasons yet in pursuit of the cup.

A shortened season with hopeful results await. A 48-game schedule was released, 24 of them home games, which will be hosted at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

At the bolts fan fest Sunday fans could purchase season tickets at a discounted price. Single-game tickets went on sale Monday morning at 10 a.m.

The Lightning schedule and official team roster can be found at lightning.nhl.com.

Go Bolts!

Team practice at Bolts Fan Fest before Satudays opening game against the Capitals
  • Nicole Abbett
  • Team practice at Bolts Fan Fest before Satuday's opening game against the Capitals.

Marty St. Louis has a quick rink side convo before heading to the locker room after practice
  • Nicole Abbett
  • Marty St. Louis has a quick rink side convo before heading to the locker room after practice.

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