LIGHTNING: THE PUCK DROPS HERE
Can the Bolts cure the symptoms of their playoff collapse last season after dominating the NHL? The road to redemption starts Thursday night when Tampa Bay opens the 2019-20 season at home against the Florida Panthers. The teams play again Saturday across the state in Sunrise. (The Lightning follow up their first road game with one Sunday at Carolina.) Ticket prices vary. 7 p.m. Thursday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-6500. ticketmaster.com. TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 970-AM.
BUCS: BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS
Tampa Bay scored 55 points in the wild, upset road win over the Rams (but allowed 517 passing yards!), and the next two weeks will give us a good read on whether they can contend in the NFC South with consecutive division games. First up, it’s the Saints at New Orleans. The Saints are without Drew Brees — that has to be a good thing, right? 1 p.m. Sunday. TV/radio: Fox; 97.9-FM.
BICYCLING: RAILS TO TRAILS
Cyclists of all skill levels can explore old-Florida charm at the annual Rails to Trails ride that begins and ends at the trail head in Inverness. The 46-mile paved Withlacoochee State Trail takes riders on a meandering trip through one of the top destination trails in the country. There will be a continental breakfast before setting out for a ride of up to 100 miles. It ends with a catered lunch and medals for those who complete the Century (100 mile) and Metric Century (62 mile) rides. $40-$45, $15 children. 7 a.m. Sunday. Inverness Trail Head, 315 N Apopka Ave., Inverness. (352) 513-4183.
Halloween Glo Run: Put on a running-friendly costume for this untimed, glow-in-the-dark trail run. $10, $20 family. 8 p.m. Saturday. Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. (727) 518-3016.
PCOS Challenge: A 5K run-walk to benefit the fight against Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. $25, $10 ages 12 and younger. 7 a.m. Saturday. Al Lopez Park, 4810 N Himes Ave., Tampa. (404) 855-7244. events.pcoschallenge.org.
Michael DaCosta Memorial Run: A 5K run with a dog costume contest. Benefits Kind Mouse to feed Pinellas County children. $40-$50, $10 kids. 8:30 a.m. Sunday. Walsingham Park, 12615 102nd Ave. N, Largo. (727) 518-5575.