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Lightning announce 2015-16 regular season schedule

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning announced their 82-game regular season schedule for the 2015-16 season today. The Lightning’s season will open on October 8 as the Bolts raise their Eastern Conference Championship banner when they take on the Philadelphia Flyers at Amalie Arena. After the home opener Tampa Bay will hit the road for a three-game 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 Toronto Maple Leafs (two home, three away) and the Florida Panthers (three home, two away). It will have rematches of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks on October 24 at United Center and January 21 at Amalie Arena.

The Lightning will again play each of their non-division opponents within the Eastern Conference three times, including two match-ups at home against the New York Rangers, who the Bolts defeated to win the Eastern Conference Championship last season. Tampa Bay will also play the Philadelphia Flyers, New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins on two occasions at Amalie Arena. 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 and watch the Bolts defend their Eastern Conference Championship in 2015-16 by becoming a Lightning Season Ticket Member. Hockey fans looking to purchase new season tickets are encouraged to visit bethethunder.com or call the Lightning sales team at 813.301.6600.

At Amalie Arena

The Lightning will play eight home games during the month of March, more than any other month. With the exception of April (just five games total), Tampa Bay will play their least number of home games in October, with just five of 12 contests being held at Amalie Arena. The Bolts will hold two season-long home stands of six games from December 20 through January 2 and March 22 until April 2.

On the Road

The Bolts’ longest trip of the season will be four games, which they will have on six occasions. They will also have three trips with three games, two with two and four with just one. The Lightning will play seven of their first 10 games away from Amalie Arena. They will finish the season with four games on the road, ending 2015-16 in Montreal on April 9.

Back-to-Back

The Lightning will play 13 sets of back-to-back games in 2015-16, including one in which both games will be hosted at Amalie Arena (March 25 vs. NY Islanders & March 26 vs. Florida). The Bolts will play a total of nine times with both back-to-back games being played on the road, once with the first game being played at home and twice with the first on the road. Tampa Bay will play three sets of back-to-back games during February.

Monthly Breakdown

Month Home Away Total

October 5 7 12

November 7 6 13

December 7 6 13

January 6 5 11

February 7 7 14

March 8 6 14

April 1 4 5

Breakdown by Day

Day Home Away Total

Sunday 3 5 8

Monday 2 7 9

Tuesday 7 10 17

Wednesday 4 1 5

Thursday 9 4 13

Friday 5 5 10

Saturday 11 9 20

All-Star Break

The Lightning will pause from January 28 through February 2 for the NHL All-Star break. The NHL’s mid-season showcase will be held January 30-31 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

Fast Facts

•February and March are the Lightning’s busiest months with 14 games each

•Tampa Bay’s final 10 games will be played against teams from Eastern Conference

•Five of the Lightning’s first six games will come against teams that failed to make the playoffs in 2014-15

•The Bolts will have completed 27 percent of their road schedule by November 7

•Tampa Bay will play 15 of their final 25 games away from Amalie Arena

•The Lightning will play 26 home games between November 10 and February 18, 63 percent of their home schedule

•The Bolts will play seven of their 11 games during the month of January against teams from the Western Conference

Full Schedule
Date Time Opponent
Thu., Oct 8 7:30  Philadelphia
Sat., Oct 10 1:00 at Buffalo
Mon., Oct 12 1:00 at Boston
Tue., Oct 13 7:30 at Detroit
Thu., Oct 15 7:30  Dallas
Sat., Oct 17 7:00  Buffalo
Tue., Oct 20 8:00 at Nashville
Fri., Oct 23 8:00 at Winnipeg
Sat., Oct 24 8:30 at Chicago
Tue., Oct 27 8:00 at St. Louis
Thu., Oct 29 7:30  Colorado
Sat., Oct 31 7:00  Boston
Sun., Nov 1 5:00 at Carolina
Tue., Nov 3 7:30 at Detroit
Thu., Nov 5 7:00 at Buffalo
Sat., Nov 7 8:00 at Minnesota
Tue., Nov 10 7:30  Buffalo
Thu., Nov 12 7:30  Calgary
Sat., Nov 14 7:00  Florida
Mon., Nov 16 7:30 at Florida
Thu., Nov 19 7:30  N.Y. Rangers
Sat., Nov 21 7:00  Anaheim
Wed., Nov 25 7:30  Los Angeles
Fri., Nov 27 5:00 at Washington
Sat., Nov 28 7:00  N.Y. Islanders
Wed., Dec 2 10:30 at Anaheim
Sat., Dec 5 10:30 at San Jose
Sun., Dec 6 10:00 at Los Angeles
Thu., Dec 10 7:30  Ottawa
Sat., Dec 12 7:00  Washington
Mon., Dec 14 7:00 at Columbus
Tue., Dec 15 7:30 at Toronto
Fri., Dec 18 7:00 at Washington
Sun., Dec 20 5:00  Ottawa
Tue., Dec 22 7:30  Vancouver
Sat., Dec 26 7:00  Columbus
Mon., Dec 28 7:30  Montreal
Wed., Dec 30 8:00  N.Y. Rangers
Sat., Jan 2 7:00  Minnesota
Tue., Jan 5 9:00 at Calgary
Fri., Jan 8 9:00 at Edmonton
Sat., Jan 9 10:00 at Vancouver
Tue., Jan 12 9:00 at Colorado
Fri., Jan 15 7:30  Pittsburgh
Sun., Jan 17 5:00  Florida
Tue., Jan 19 7:30  Edmonton
Thu., Jan 21 7:30  Chicago
Sat., Jan 23 7:00 at Florida
Wed., Jan 27 7:00  Toronto
Wed., Feb 3 8:00  Detroit
Fri., Feb 5 7:30  Pittsburgh
Mon., Feb 8 7:30 at Ottawa
Tue., Feb 9 7:30 at Montreal
Fri., Feb 12 7:30  Nashville
Sun., Feb 14 6:00  St. Louis
Tue., Feb 16 7:30  San Jose
Thu., Feb 18 7:30  Winnipeg
Sat., Feb 20 12:30 at Pittsburgh
Sun., Feb 21 7:00 at Carolina
Tue., Feb 23 7:30  Arizona
Fri., Feb 26 7:00 at New Jersey
Sun., Feb 28 6:30 at Boston
Mon., Feb 29 7:30 at Toronto
Thu., Mar 3 7:30 at Ottawa
Sat., Mar 5 7:00  Carolina
Mon., Mar 7 7:00 at Philadelphia
Tue., Mar 8 7:30  Boston
Fri., Mar 11 7:30  Philadelphia
Sun., Mar 13 3:00 at Columbus
Tue., Mar 15 7:30 at Toronto
Thu., Mar 17 8:30 at Dallas
Sat., Mar 19 9:00 at Arizona
Tue., Mar 22 7:30  Detroit
Fri., Mar 25 7:30  N.Y. Islanders
Sat., Mar 26 7:00  Florida
Mon., Mar 28 7:30  Toronto
Thu., Mar 31 7:30  Montreal
Sat., Apr 2 7:00  New Jersey
Mon., Apr 4 7:00 at N.Y. Islanders
Tue., Apr 5 7:00 at N.Y. Rangers
Thu., Apr 7 7:00 at New Jersey
Sat., Apr 9 7:00 at Montreal

 

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