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Sun Sports and the Tampa Bay Lightning Unveil 68-Game Telecast Schedule

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

Sun Sports and the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning have announced the team’s 68-game regional telecast schedule for the 2011-12 season. As the exclusive regional television home of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Sun Sports will air all 68 match-ups throughout North Florida in HD.

After a wild run to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final, the Tampa Bay Lightning return much of the 2010-11 team, including veteran goaltender Dwayne Roloson and offensive sensation Steven Stamkos. Sun Sports will air the season’s most exciting games, beginning with the season opener at the Carolina Hurricanes on Oct. 7 at 7:00 p.m. (ET). The network then travels with the team to Boston as the Bolts take on the defending Stanley Cup Champions on Oct. 8 at 7:00 p.m. (ET). Sun Sports will bring viewers two additional matchups with the Bruins as the Lightning look to avenge last year’s playoff loss. The Lightning will host Boston on Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m. (ET) and on March 13 at 7:30 p.m.

In addition, Sun Sports will air the team’s home opener, an Oct. 17 game vs. the intrastate division rival Florida Panthers at 7:30 p.m. (ET). The network will also televise three high powered matchups versus the Southeast Division Champion Capitals, who the Lightning defeated in four games during last season’s Conference Semifinal. Tampa Bay will travel to Washington on Jan. 13 at 7:00 p.m. (ET), the Capitals will come to the St. Pete Times Forum on Feb. 18 at 7:00 p.m. (ET) and the Lightning will head back to DC on March 8 at 7:00 p.m. (ET).

Sun Sports will also air all four regular season matchups vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins. The teams will first meet in Tampa on Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. (ET). The Lightning will host again on Jan. 15 at 1:00 p.m. (ET), before traveling to Pittsburgh on Feb. 12 at 7:00 p.m. (ET) and on Feb. 25 at 1:00 p.m. (ET).

Play-by-play announcer Rick Peckham and analyst Bobby “The Chief” Taylor will provide viewers with expert commentary. Lightning rinkside reporter Paul Kennedy will also return. He brings his magnetic personality and host of knowledge to LIGHTNING LIVE,Sun Sports’ pregame show for home games, and extended postgame show for all telecasts.

In addition, Sun Sports will bring fans seven all-new episodes of the popular INSIDE THE LIGHTNING series, designed to provide exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to the team, its players and operations. The TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING PRESEASON SPECIAL will premiere on Sun Sports on Oct. 3 at 8:00 p.m. (ET).

The network’s website, FOXSportsFlorida.com, will consistently engage fans throughout the 2011-12 season with exclusive videos, expert analysis, pre and postgame coverage and photo galleries. Fans will also be able to interact on the network’s Facebook page, Sun Sports / FOX Sports Florida, and Twitter platform, SunSportsFOXFL.

TELECAST SCHEDULE FOLLOWS:

DAY DATE ET @/vs OPPONENT RSN
Fri 7-Oct-11 7:00 PM @ Carolina Hurricanes SUN
Sat 8-Oct-11 7:00 PM @ Boston Bruins SUN
Thu 13-Oct-11 7:00 PM @ New York Islanders SUN
Sat 15-Oct-11 7:30 PM @ Florida Panthers SUN
Mon 17-Oct-11 7:30 PM vs Florida Panthers SUN
Thu 20-Oct-11 7:30 PM vs New York Islanders SUN
Sat 22-Oct-11 7:00 PM vs Buffalo Sabres SUN
Thu 27-Oct-11 8:00 PM @ Nashville Predators SUN
Tue 1-Nov-11 7:00 PM @ Carolina Hurricanes SUN
Fri 4-Nov-11 7:30 PM vs Chicago Blackhawks SUN
Sun 6-Nov-11 5:00 PM @ Florida Panthers SUN
Sat 12-Nov-11 8:00 PM @ St. Louis Blues SUN
Mon 14-Nov-11 8:30 PM @ Winnipeg Jets SUN
Thu 17-Nov-11 7:30 PM vs Pittsburgh Penguins SUN
Tue 22-Nov-11 7:30 PM vs Toronto Maple Leafs SUN
Fri 25-Nov-11 7:30 PM @ Florida Panthers SUN
Sat 26-Nov-11 7:00 PM vs Florida Panthers SUN
Sat 3-Dec-11 7:00 PM vs New York Rangers SUN
Mon 5-Dec-11 7:30 PM @ Ottawa Senators SUN
Tue 6-Dec-11 7:00 PM @ New York Islanders SUN
Thu 8-Dec-11 7:00 PM @ New York Rangers SUN
Sat 10-Dec-11 7:00 PM @ Philadelphia Flyers SUN
Thu 15-Dec-11 7:30 PM vs Calgary Flames SUN
Sat 17-Dec-11 7:00 PM @ Columbus Blue Jackets SUN
Wed 21-Dec-11 10:30 PM @ San Jose Sharks SUN
Fri 23-Dec-11 9:00 PM @ Colorado Avalanche SUN
Tue 27-Dec-11 7:30 PM vs Philadelphia Flyers SUN
Thu 29-Dec-11 7:30 PM vs Montreal Canadiens SUN
Sat 31-Dec-11 5:00 PM vs Carolina Hurricanes SUN
Tue 3-Jan-12 7:00 PM @ Toronto Maple Leafs SUN
Thu 5-Jan-12 7:30 PM @ Ottawa Senators SUN  
Sat 7-Jan-12 7:00 PM @ Montreal Canadiens SUN  
Tue 10-Jan-12 7:30 PM vs Vancouver Canucks SUN  
Thu 12-Jan-12 7:30 PM vs Carolina Hurricanes SUN  
Fri 13-Jan-12 7:00 PM @ Washington Capitals SUN  
Sun 15-Jan-12 1:00 PM vs Pittsburgh Penguins SUN  
Tue 17-Jan-12 7:30 PM vs Boston Bruins SUN  
Fri 20-Jan-12 8:30 PM @ Dallas Stars SUN  
Sat 21-Jan-12 8:00 PM @ Phoenix Coyotes SUN  
Tue 24-Jan-12 7:30 PM vs Columbus Blue Jackets SUN  
Thu 2-Feb-12 7:30 PM vs Winnipeg Jets SUN  
Sat 4-Feb-12 7:00 PM vs Florida Panthers SUN  
Thu 9-Feb-12 7:30 PM @ New York Rangers SUN  
Sat 11-Feb-12 7:00 PM @ Buffalo Sabres SUN  
Sun 12-Feb-12 7:00 PM @ Pittsburgh Penguins SUN  
Tue 14-Feb-12 7:00 PM vs Ottawa Senators SUN  
Thu 16-Feb-12 7:30 PM vs San Jose Sharks SUN  
Sat 18-Feb-12 7:00 PM vs Washington Capitals SUN  
Tue 21-Feb-12 7:30 PM vs Anaheim Ducks SUN  
Thu 23-Feb-12 8:30 PM @ Winnipeg Jets SUN  
Sat 25-Feb-12 1:00 PM @ Pittsburgh Penguins SUN  
Sun 26-Feb-12 1:00 PM @ New Jersey Devils SUN  
Tue 28-Feb-12 7:30 PM vs Montreal Canadiens SUN  
Fri 2-Mar-12 7:30 PM vs New York Rangers SUN  
Sat 3-Mar-12 7:00 PM @ Carolina Hurricanes SUN  
Tue 6-Mar-12 7:30 PM vs Ottawa Senators SUN  
Thu 8-Mar-12 7:00 PM @ Washington Capitals SUN  
Sat 10-Mar-12 7:00 PM vs Carolina Hurricanes SUN  
Tue 13-Mar-12 7:30 PM vs Boston Bruins SUN  
Thu 15-Mar-12 7:30 PM vs Toronto Maple Leafs SUN  
Sat 17-Mar-12 7:00 PM vs St. Louis Blues SUN  
Mon 19-Mar-12 7:30 PM vs Buffalo Sabres SUN  
Thu 22-Mar-12 7:30 PM vs Edmonton Oilers SUN  
Sat 24-Mar-12 7:00 PM vs New York Islanders SUN  
Thu 29-Mar-12 7:00 PM @ New Jersey Devils SUN  
Sat 31-Mar-12 7:00 PM vs Winnipeg Jets SUN  
Wed 4-Apr-12 7:30 PM @ Montreal Canadiens SUN  
Thu 5-Apr-12 7:00 PM @ Toronto Maple Leafs SUN  
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