Tampa Bay Lightning fans can finally count down the days. Only 104 days stand between now and the Thursday, Oct. 3 season opener at Amalie Arena. After wrapping up seven preseason games in September (three of which will be played at home), the Lightning will take on the Florida Panthers in their first official game of the 2019-20 season. The team announced the date of the home opener on Friday.This is the seventh time Tampa Bay has kicked off the year against its cross-state rival, owning a 4-2-0 record in that span. The Lightning will also travel to Sunrise for the Panthers’ home opener the following Saturday, Oct. 5. The full NHL schedule will be announced at noon Tuesday in a 30-minute program on the NHL Network that also will be streamed on nhl.com . Contact Mari Faiello at email@example.com . Follow @faiello_mari.