My first trip to the Tampa Bay Times Forum will be Saturday night at 7:00 pm for the Washington Capitals road game versus Southeast Division foe, the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The name of the newspaper and arena were changed from St. Pete Times Forum to the updated name on January 1, 2012, but many of the names for the home team will be the same ones that helped eliminate the Caps from last season’s Stanley Cup Playoffs on this ice.

While not at the same critical time as the playoff games last year, this contest is no less important for the Caps, coming off a 2-1 comeback victory at the Southeast Division leading Florida Panthers.

From my parents kitchen, I listened to John Walton’s call on the Capitals Radio Network over my computer, including the third period goals by Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin.

2 points out of the division lead, I get the opportunity to experience a new arena and take my niece and nephew to their first Capitals game. It doesn’t get much better.

My wife and I bought Caps shirts at Verizon Center that we brought down for each of them. We will also be joined by their father (my brother), my parents (who bought us the tickets as a Christmas present) and a few of their friends.

I’m looking forward to taking pictures and posting them in the coming days as well as giving my recap of the experience that is a Lightning game.

My road white will be on and I hope to document another victory in Florida for Washington after teaching my niece and nephew a familiar pro-Caps chant.