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Alex Killorn, Tampa Lightning ready to open round-robin play Monday afternoon

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Posted at 11:58 PM, Aug 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-02 09:16:31-04

TORONTO — The Lightning opens the Stanley Cup playoffs this week when they face the Washington Capitals in their first round robin game. Tampa Bay beat the Florida Panthers 5-0 in their exhibition game, but the players say the adjustment period is over.

"We’re treating them as must-win games," said forward Alex Killorn. "These games, the seeding can be pretty important going forward with the playoff system we have. I don’t know if we’re fine-tuning certain things. I think it’s just must-win games. We’re just trying to go win them."

The Lightning, Bruins, Capitals and Flyers will play a round robin tournament to decide who gets seeded 1 to 4 when the next round of the postseason begins.

Tampa Bay and Washington drop the puck at 4 p.m. on Monday.