The Tampa Bay Lightning will play seven preseason games in 2009, including one at the St. Pete Times Forum. Highlights of the schedule include games in non-NHL cities, including Regina, Saskatchewan; Everett, Washington; Loveland, Colorado; and Winnipeg, Manitoba. Prices and a ticket on-sale date for the preseason game at the St. Pete Times Forum will be announced at a later time.
The Lightning will open the preseason on Wednesday, September 16 in Dallas against the Stars. From there Tampa Bay will return home to host their Southeast Division Rival Atlanta Thrashers on Friday, September 18. The Lightning will then travel to Regina, Saskatchewan where they will take on the Ottawa Senators at Evraz Place for what will be the first of four games in four days. From Regina they will fly to Everett, Washington to take on the Phoenix Coyotes at the Comcast Arena. Tampa Bay and Phoenix will meet again the next night in Loveland, Colorado at the Budweiser Events Center. On Thursday, September 27 the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba will play host as the Lightning take on the Edmonton Oilers. Tampa Bay’s preseason schedule will wrap up Sunday, September 27 when the Lightning travel to Atlanta to take on the Thrashers at Philips Arena.
The 2009 preseason will mark the first time in franchise history the Lightning will play an exhibition game in Regina, Everett, Loveland or Winnipeg as well as the first against the Coyotes or Oilers. It is also the third consecutive year Tampa Bay will meet Dallas during the preseason. The Lightning and Thrashers have not met in the exhibition season since September 19, 2004.
The following is the schedule of games for the Lightning’s 2009 preseason:
|Date ||Time ||Venue ||Opponent |
|September 16 ||8:30 p.m. ||American Airlines Center; Dallas, TX ||Dallas |
|September 18 ||7:30 p.m. ||St. Pete Times Forum; Tampa, FL ||Atlanta |
|September 21 ||9 p.m. ||Evraz Place; Regina, SK ||Ottawa |
|September 22 ||10:30 p.m. ||Comcast Arena at Everett; Everett, WA ||Phoenix |
|September 23 ||9 p.m. ||Budweiser Events Center; Loveland, CO ||Phoenix |
|September 24 ||8:30 p.m. ||MTS Centre; Winnipeg, MB ||Edmonton |
|September 27 ||5 p.m. ||Philips Arena; Atlanta, GA ||Atlanta |
* All times EST and subject to change