TAMPA, Fla. - The morning after the Tampa Bay Lightning clinched the first round of the NHL playoffs, they treated fans to even more good news: fan capacity at home games will increase once again.
The team announced Thursday morning that Amalie Arena will host 13,500 fans for Round 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs – that about 60% capacity for the venue. For Game 3 against the Florida Panthers, the Lightning upped the capacity from 7,000 to 9,000.
During Game 6, the Lightning wrapped up the series against the Panthers with a shutout. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 29 shots with a 4-0 victory – and it all happened at home.
Tampa Bay will advance to face the winner of the Carolina-Nashville series in the second round – which has yet to be determined. The Hurricanes lead the series 3-2. Game 6 takes place Thursday at 9:30 p.m. ET.