Pictured through the doorway between the two rinks, Lightning players practice during training camp Friday at TGH Ice Plex in Brandon.
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  1. The Lightning's Cole Koepke (45) works against the Carolina Hurricanes' Seth Jarvis (24) during the first period of Tuesday's preseason game in Raleigh, North Carolina.
  2. Pictured through the doorway between the two rinks, Lightning players practice during training camp Friday at TGH Ice Plex in Brandon.
  3. Fans gather outside Amalie Arena for the Lightning's official watch party before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final in June in Tampa. The team has postponed preseason home games scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday at the arena.
  4. Cole Koepke excelled with the Crunch last season and appears to be the front-runner to fill in while Anthony Cirelli is out.
  5. The masks, pads and sticks are back, and so are the Lightning. Some of the faces have changed, but the Lightning are attempting to be the first team since the 1980s Oilers to reach five Stanley Cup finals in less than 10 years.
  6. Lightning head coach Jon Cooper huddles with his team on the ice during training camp Thursday at TGH Ice Plex in Brandon.
  7. Lightning defenseman Zach Bogosian wore a red no-contact jerseys but didn't look like a player who was still six to eight weeks away from returning to action.
  8. Nashville Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm (14), of Sweden, and San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48), of the Czech Republic, battle during a 2019 game in Nashville, Tennessee. The forthcoming NHL regular season’s games between the Predators and Sharks in Prague face an obstacle.
  9. Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman said Wednesday that a player like defenseman Ryan McDonagh can't be replaced. Multiple players will need to step up now, on the ice and in the locker room, to help mitigate his loss.
  10. Lightning center Brayden Point says Wednesday that he feels good and has no pain entering the team's training camp.
  11. Right wing Nikita Kucherov and the Lightning will be looking to establish chemistry with a few new players this season.
  12. Defenseman Jack Thompson hopes to show how much he’s improved when a team of Lightning prospects plays squads from the Hurricanes, Panthers and Predators at this week's NHL Prospects Showcase.
  13. Forward Cole Koepke is hoping to turn a few heads as the Lightning's prospects camp gets going this week.
  14. Jack Thompson is one of the Lightning prospects who will compete at the NHL Prospects Showcase September 16-19 at Invisalign Arena in Morrisville, North Carolina, and PNC Arena in Raleigh.
  15. Madison Square Garden banned New York Rangers fan James Anastasio for life following his arrest.
  16. Lightning captain Steven Stamkos (91) shoots a puck on New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) duing Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final in June in Tampa.
  17. Philippe Myers played in 27 games for Nashville this past season, accumulating a goal, four points and a plus-five rating.
  18. Fans celebrate as the Lightning take the ice for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final against the Rangers in June at Amalie Arena.
  19. St. Petersburg resident Tim Virgilio mans the Signatures for Soldiers booth at last year's National Sports Collectables Show in Chicago.
  20. Nick Perbix will enter next season on the short list of defensemen starting the season at AHL Syracuse who could help supplement the Lightning’s blue-line depth in 2022-23.
  21. Lightning forward prospect Lucas Edmonds, left, is expected to start his pro career with AHL Syracuse in the fall.
  22. Lightning director of player development J.P. Cote works with players on the ice before the puck drops during a 3-on-3 tournament at the Lightning development camp earlier this month at TGH Ice Plex in Brandon.
  23. New Jersey Devils assistant general manager Kate Madigan attends the first round of the NHL draft earlier this month in Montreal. At the start of 2022, there were no women serving as assistant general managers in the NHL. Now there are five.
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