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Lightning Announce 2010 Preseason Schedule

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning will play six preseason games in 2010, including one at the St. Pete Times Forum.  Highlights of the schedule include a match-up with the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba on September 22 as well as a home-and-home series with the Florida Panthers on October 1 and 2.  Prices and a ticket on-sale date for the preseason game at the St. Pete Times Forum will be announced at a later time. All full season ticket holders will receive the game as part of their ticket plan free of charge.

Preseason Schedule

Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning will travel in September to Alberta to face the Oilers and Flames

The Lightning will open the 2010 preseason on Tuesday, September 21 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas against the Stars.  The team will then head to Winnipeg for a showdown with the Blackhawks, marking the second consecutive year Tampa Bay has played at the MTS Centre.  The Bolts will then play in Edmonton, Alberta when they take on the Oilers at Rexall Place on September 23 before continuing the preseason on September 25 against the Calgary Flames at the Pengrowth Saddledome.  The Lightning will then return to Florida to take on the Panthers in Sunrise on October 1 and play their only home game of the preseason against Florida on October 2.

This year will mark the sixth time in the previous five years the Lightning will take on the Dallas Stars.  Conversely, 2010 will mark the first time in franchise history the Bolts will play the Blackhawks and Flames during the exhibition season, and just the second time they will play the Oilers.  It will also be the first time since 2005 that the Lightning and Panthers will square off during the preseason.

The following is the schedule of games for the Lightning’s 2010 preseason:

Tuesday, September 218:30 p.m.American Airlines Center (Dallas, TX)Dallas Stars
Wednesday, September 228:00 p.m.MTS Centre (Winnipeg, MB)Chicago Blackhawks
Thursday, September 239:00 p.m.Rexall Place (Edmonton, AB)Edmonton Oilers
Saturday, September 259:00 p.m.Pengrowth Saddledome (Calbary, AB)Calgary Flames
Friday, October 17:30 p.m.BankAtlantic Center (Sunrise, FL)Florida Panthers
Saturday, October 27:30 p.m.St. Pete Times Forum (Tampa, FL)Florida Panthers

* All times Eastern and subject to change

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