The Tampa Bay Lightning and Buffalo Sabres have traveled across the Atlantic Ocean to compete in the latest version of the Global Series.
Their two-game set in Stockholm, Sweden, will mark the 33rd and 34th regular-season games to be played outside North America in NHL history. Each team has played abroad once before — Tampa Bay lost two games to the New York Rangers in Prague, Czech Republic, in 2008, and the Sabres defeated the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings in Helsinki, Finland, and Berlin, Germany, respectively, in 2011.
The first regular-season NHL games in Sweden were also played in 2008; Swede Daniel Alfredsson collected two assists in the second one, an Ottawa Senators victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. This weekend's games will feature seven Swedish-born players: Buffalo's Linus Ullmark, Rasmus Dahlin, Lawrence Pilut, Marcus Johansson, Johan Larsson and Victor Olofsson, and Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman, who is expected to suit up despite having missed the previous two games with a lower-body injury.
While the games are always a fun element to the season, four points will be up for grabs as Buffalo (9-4-2) looks to end a two-game losing streak and Tampa Bay (6-5-2) tries to right the ship.
What are the dates and times of the 2019 Global Series?
Friday, Nov. 8, 2 p.m. ET
Saturday, Nov. 9, 1 p.m. ET
On what channel is the Global Series being aired?
Friday, Nov. 8: NBCSN (U.S.), SN1 (Canada)
Saturday, Nov. 9: NHL Network/MSG-B/SUN (U.S.), SN1 (Canada)
Which teams are in the Global Series?
The Tampa Bay Lightning will take on the Buffalo Sabres in the back-to-back series.
Where is the Global Series being played?
The Global Series will be played at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden.
Which teams have played in previous Global Series?
Oct. 4, 2019
Philadelphia Flyers 4, Chicago Blackhawks 3
Prague, Czech Republic
Nov. 2, 2018
Florida Panthers 4, Winnipeg Jets 2
Nov. 1, 2018
Winnipeg Jets 4, Florida Panthers 2
Oct. 6, 2018
New Jersey Devils 5, Edmonton Oilers 2
Nov. 11, 2017
Ottawa Senators 4, Colorado Avalanche 3
Nov. 10, 2017
Ottawa Senators 4, Colorado Avalanche 3 (OT)