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Q&A: What you need to know about NHL, Lightning seasons

What you need to know about the season:

When will the new collective bargaining agreement be ratified?

By Tuesday or Wednesday.

How long before games are played?

It was unclear Sunday whether the league would play a 50-game schedule starting Jan. 15 or a 48-game schedule starting Jan. 19.

When will a schedule be released?

Thursday or Friday at the latest.

When does training camp begin?

No camp will open before Saturday, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported. Lightning players are skating at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon. Practices, which are free and open to the public, begin about 10:15 a.m. and are scheduled for today, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Will there be preseason games?

No definitive word but likely not.

Why is this a notable year for the Lightning?

It is the organization's 20th anniversary season.

Who are the newcomers on the team?

The most important addition is Anders Lindback, 24, who it is hoped will be the No. 1 goaltender. Other additions are defenseman Sami Salo and Matt Carle, and wing Benoit Pouliot.

Who are some other players to watch?

Center Steven Stamkos, 22, is one of the league's biggest stars and in 2011-12 became the 20th NHL player to score 60 goals. … Wing Marty St. Louis is 37 but is still productive and an important leader. … Right wing Teddy Purcell, 27, had career bests last season of 24 goals and 65 points, and has found chemistry on a line with center Vinny Lecavalier.

How can tickets be purchased?

Through Ticketmaster, at the Times Forum box office and by calling (813) 301-6600.

Q&A: What you need to know about NHL, Lightning seasons 01/06/13 [Last modified: Sunday, January 6, 2013 11:40pm]
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