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Lightning Announce 2012-13 National Broadcast Schedule

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA BAY – The National Hockey League announced today that the Tampa Bay Lightning will play 20 regular season games on national television during 2012-13, including 10 that will be broadcast live in the United States. Seven games will appear on both the NBC Sports Group and TSN, five on the CBC, four on RDS and three on both the NHL Network and TSN2.

NBC and NBC Sports Network enter the second season of the 10-year agreement with the NHL, the largest media rights deal in League history. It also is the eighth consecutive season both networks have served as a national television partner of the NHL in the U.S. The Lightning will play their first of 10 games on the network on Wednesday, November 21 at the Carolina Hurricanes (7:30 p.m.).

NHL Network-U.S. will televise 78 live games for its American audience this season, focusing on Thursday nights and Saturdays, including 14 doubleheaders and three tripleheaders. The Lightning will play three times on the NHL Network with their first appearance on Friday, January 11 versus the Washington Capitals (7:30 p.m.). In all three occasions the Lightning play games on the NHL Network, they will be hosting their opponent at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

CBC's Hockey Night in Canada returns for its 60th season as it becomes one of the longest running and most iconic programs in Canadian television history. The 60th anniversary season is highlighted by 101 regular-season games, including five involving the Lightning with their first action on the network on Thursday, November 1 against the Winnipeg Jets.

TSN platforms will broadcast 237 NHL regular-season games during the 2012-13 season, including 10 Lightning games. Seven will air on TSN, while three will broadcast on TSN2. The Lightning's puck-drop time on January 15 versus the Toronto Maple Leafs has been changed to 7:00 p.m. to meet television requirements.

RDS will once again have French-language coverage across Canada of all 82 regular-season Montreal Canadiens games, including four meetings versus Tampa Bay.

Below is the schedule of games for the Lightning's 2012-13 nationally broadcast games:

Date Time Opponent Network
Thursday, November 1 7:00 p.m. vs. Winnipeg Jets CBC
Saturday, November 10 7:00 p.m. vs. Ottawa Senators CBC
Wednesday, November 21 7:30 p.m. at Carolina Hurricanes NBC Sports Group and TSN2
Tuesday, November 27 7:30 p.m. at Montreal Canadiens TSN and RDS
Saturday, December 1 3:00 p.m. at Winnipeg Jets CBC
Thursday, December 27 7:30 p.m. vs. Montreal Canadiens RDS
Tuesday, January 8 7:30 p.m at Pittsburgh Penguins NBC Sports Group and TSN
Friday, January 11 7:30 p.m. vs. Washington Capitals NHL Network
Tuesday, January 15 7:00 p.m. vs. Toronto Maple Leafs TSN
Tuesday, January 22 7:30 p.m. at Montreal Canadiens RDS
Thursday, February 14 7:30 p.m. vs. San Jose Sharks NBC Sports Group and TSN
Thursday, February 21 7:30 p.m. vs. Boston Bruins NHL Network
Sunday, February 24 7:30 p.m. at Pittsburgh Penguins NBC Sports Group and TSN2
Tuesday, February 26 7:30 p.m. vs. Buffalo Sabres NBC Sports Group and TSN
Thursday, February 28 7:30 p.m. vs. Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Network
Tuesday, March 5 7:30 p.m at New Jersey Devils NBC Sports Group and TSN2
Saturday, March 9 7:00 p.m. vs. Montreal Canadiens RDS and CBC
Wednesday, March 20 7:30 p.m. at Toronto Maple Leafs TSN
Saturday, March 23 7:00 p.m at Ottawa Senators CBC
Tuesday, March 26 7:30 p.m vs. Buffalo Sabres NBC Sports Group

All Times Eastern. Home games at the Tampa Bay Times in Bold

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