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Tampa Bay Lightning announce 2016-17 regular-season schedule

Apr 19, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) checks Detroit Red Wings center Gustav Nyquist (14) during the second period in game four of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 19, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) checks Detroit Red Wings center Gustav Nyquist (14) during the second period in game four of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING PRESS RELEASE

TAMPA BAY --€“ The Tampa Bay Lightning announced their 82-game regular season schedule for the 2016-17 season. The Lightning's season will open on October 13 as the Bolts take on their Atlantic Division rivals, the Detroit Red Wings, at Amalie Arena. Tampa Bay will open with a four-game home stand, followed by a six-game road trip.

Tampa Bay will play each of its Atlantic Division opponents four times, two at home and two on the road, with the exception of the Boston Bruins (two home, three away) and the Red Wings (three home, two away). It will have rematches of the 2016 Eastern Conference Final against the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins on December 10 at Amalie Arena, as well as January 8 and March 3 at CONSOL Energy Center.

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The Lightning will again play each of their Metropolitan Division opponents within the Eastern Conference three times. Tampa Bay will host the Washington Capitals, New Jersey Devils, Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jacks twice, while visiting the Penguins, New York Rangers, New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers on two occasions. The Lightning will once again play two games, one at home and one on the road, against each Western Conference team.

Fans can catch all the action during the 2016-17 campaign by becoming a Lightning Season Ticket Member. Hockey fans looking to purchase new season tickets are encouraged to visit www.tampabaylightning.com or call the Lightning sales team at 813.301.6600.

Single game tickets will be put on sale at a later date.

At Amalie Arena

The Lightning will play nine home games during the month of March, more than any other month. With the exception of April (just six games total), Tampa Bay will play their least number of home games in October, with just four of nine contests being held at Amalie Arena. The Bolts will host their longest home stand of the season with five games from December 28 through January 5. They will also play four strings of four home contests in a row.

On the Road

The Lightning will host a pair of six-game road trips, the longest of the year, from October 22 through November 1, as well as January 16 through January 26. They will also have one five-game stretch away from Amalie Arena from November 14 to November 21. The Lightning will play six of their first 10 games away from Amalie Arena. They will finish the season with three of their final four games on the road.

Back-to-Back

The Lightning will play 16 sets of back-to-back games in 2016-17, including three in which both games will be hosted at Amalie Arena. The Bolts will play a total of 11 times with both back-to-back games being played on the road and twice with the contests split with the first at home and the second on the road. They will play three consecutive sets of back-to-back games from January 7 through January 17.

Monthly Breakdown

Month Home Away Total
October 4 5 9
November 6 9 15
December 8 6 14
January 5 8 13
February 6 4 10
March 9 6 15
April 3 3 6

Breakdown by Day

Day Home Away Total
Sunday 2 5 7
Monday 3 5 8
Tuesday 7 8 15
Wednesday 3 1 4
Thursday 14 7 21
Friday 2 6 8
Saturday 10 9 19

All-Star Break

The 2017 NHL All-Star Game will be held at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The skills competition will be help on January 28 with the All-Star Game occurring on January 29. It is the third time the annual event will be held in Los Angeles, with the first time being in 1981.

Fast Facts

* The Lightning will play more home games on Thursdays than any other day.

* Tampa Bay will play at home just twice on Friday nights and also on Sundays.

* Of the Bolts' 41 road games, 17 (41.5 percent) will be played during road trips of five games or more.

* During the first two months of the 2016-17 season, the Lightning will play 14 of 24 games on the road.

* Tampa Bay will play 18 of their final 31 games at Amalie Arena.

* The Lightning doesn't play a Sunday home game until April 2.

* The Bolts will play five matinee games with 1 p.m. starts, with all of them being played on the road.

2016-17 TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING HOME AND ROAD BREAKDOWN

HOME

AWAY

Day

Date

Time

Opponent

Day

Date

Time

Opponent

Thu.

Oct 13

7:30 pm

Detroit

Sat.

Oct 22

7:00 pm

@ Ottawa

Sat.

Oct 15

7:00 pm

New Jersey

Tue.

Oct 25

7:30 pm

@ Toronto

Tue.

Oct 18

7:30 pm

Florida

Thu.

Oct 27

7:30 pm

@ Montreal

Thu.

Oct 20

7:30 pm

Colorado

Sat.

Oct 29

7:00 pm

@ New Jersey

Thu.

Nov 3

7:30 pm

Boston

Sun.

Oct 30

7:00 pm

@ N.Y. Rangers

Sat.

Nov 5

7:00 pm

New Jersey

Tue.

Nov 1

7:00 pm

@ N.Y. Islanders

Thu.

Nov 10

7:30 pm

N.Y. Islanders

Mon.

Nov 7

7:30 pm

@ Florida

Sat.

Nov 12

7:00 pm

San Jose

Mon.

Nov 14

7:00 pm

@ N.Y. Islanders

Wed.

Nov 23

7:30 pm

Philadelphia

Tue.

Nov 15

7:30 pm

@ Detroit

Fri.

Nov 25

7:30 pm

Columbus

Thu.

Nov 17

7:00 pm

@ Buffalo

Sat.

Dec 3

7:00 pm

Washington

Sat.

Nov 19

1:00 pm

@ Philadelphia

Thu.

Dec 8

7:30 pm

Vancouver

Mon.

Nov 21

8:00 pm

@ Nashville

Sat.

Dec 10

7:00 pm

Pittsburgh

Sun.

Nov 27

1:00 pm

@ Boston

Tue.

Dec 20

7:30 pm

Detroit

Tue.

Nov 29

7:00 pm

@ Columbus

Thu.

Dec 22

7:30 pm

St. Louis

Thu.

Dec 1

8:00 pm

@ St. Louis

Wed.

Dec 28

7:30 pm

Montreal

Sun.

Dec 4

5:00 pm

@ Carolina

Thu.

Dec 29

7:30 pm

Toronto

Wed.

Dec 14

9:30 pm

@ Calgary

Sat.

Dec 31

7:00 pm

Carolina

Fri.

Dec 16

10:00 pm

@ Vancouver

Tue.

Jan 3

7:30 pm

Winnipeg

Sat.

Dec 17

10:00 pm

@ Edmonton

Thu.

Jan 5

7:30 pm

Nashville

Fri.

Dec 23

7:00 pm

@ Washington

Thu.

Jan 12

7:30 pm

Buffalo

Sat.

Jan 7

1:00 pm

@ Philadelphia

Fri.

Jan 13

7:30 pm

Columbus

Sun.

Jan 8

1:00 pm

@ Pittsburgh

Tue.

Jan 31

7:30 pm

Boston

Mon.

Jan 16

4:00 pm

@ Los Angeles

Thu.

Feb 2

7:30 pm

Ottawa

Tue.

Jan 17

10:00 pm

@ Anaheim

Sat.

Feb 4

7:00 pm

Anaheim

Thu.

Jan 19

10:30 pm

@ San Jose

Tue.

Feb 7

7:30 pm

Los Angeles

Sat.

Jan 21

8:00 pm

@ Arizona

Tue.

Feb 21

7:30 pm

Edmonton

Tue.

Jan 24

8:30 pm

@ Chicago

Thu.

Feb 23

7:30 pm

Calgary

Thu.

Jan 26

7:30 pm

@ Florida

Mon.

Feb 27

7:30 pm

Ottawa

Fri.

Feb 10

8:00 pm

@ Minnesota

Wed.

Mar 1

7:00 pm

Carolina

Sat.

Feb 11

7:00 pm

@ Winnipeg

Mon.

Mar 6

7:30 pm

N.Y. Rangers

Sat.

Feb 18

8:00 pm

@ Dallas

Thu.

Mar 9

7:30 pm

Minnesota

Sun.

Feb 19

8:00 pm

@ Colorado

Sat.

Mar 11

7:00 pm

Florida

Fri.

Mar 3

7:00 pm

@ Pittsburgh

Thu.

Mar 16

7:30 pm

Toronto

Sat.

Mar 4

7:00 pm

@ Buffalo

Sat.

Mar 18

7:00 pm

Washington

Mon.

Mar 13

7:00 pm

@ N.Y. Rangers

Tue.

Mar 21

7:30 pm

Arizona

Tue.

Mar 14

7:30 pm

@ Ottawa

Mon.

Mar 27

7:30 pm

Chicago

Thu.

Mar 23

7:00 pm

@ Boston

Thu.

Mar 30

7:30 pm

Detroit

Fri.

Mar 24

7:30 pm

@ Detroit

Sat.

Apr 1

7:00 pm

Montreal

Tue.

Apr 4

7:00 pm

@ Boston

Sun.

Apr 2

6:00 pm

Dallas

Thu.

Apr 6

7:30 pm

@ Toronto

Sun.

Apr 9

5:00 pm

Buffalo

Fri.

Apr 7

7:30 pm

@ Montreal


*All Times Eastern