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Sun Sports Announces 2008-09 Tampa Bay Lightning Telecast Schedule

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning
TAMPA – As anticipation builds around the Lightning debuts of summertime acquisitions Ryan Malone, Mark Recchi, Gary Roberts, Olaf Kolzig and Matt Carle, as well as the arrival of new head coach Barry Melrose and the expected debut of top draft choice Steven Stamkos, fans are getting set for another exciting season of Tampa Bay Lightning action.  The team and Sun Sports have announced the lineup of games scheduled to air on Sun Sports this coming season.  The Lightning is announcing a schedule of additional games to air on local broadcast television.  

The 65-game Sun Sports schedule includes 29 away and 36 home matchups, including the Lightning’s regular season opener vs. the New York Rangers from Prague, Czech Republic on Saturday, October 4, beginning at 12 noon (ET).  

Rick Peckham returns for his 13th season as the Lightning’s play-by-play announcer with analyst Bobby “The Chief” Taylor, in his 15th year, joining Peckham in the booth.  Sun Sports’ Paul Kennedy returns for his 8th season as rinkside reporter and pre- and postgame host.

New Lightning on-air contributors for pre-game, intermission, and post-game coverage on Sun Sports will be former Lightning players Dave Andreychuk, Brian Bradley and Chris Dingman. Each will offer their unique insight on approximately 12 Lightning telecasts this season.    

Select Sun Sports games will also be produced and distributed in HD (schedule TBA) and will be available to HD customers of participating cable and satellite systems on a separate Sun Sports HD channel.  All home games will be preceded by the half-hour LIGHTNING LIVE pregame show and all games will include LIGHTNING LIVE postgame coverage from site.

Sun Sports is producing and airing an hour-long TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING PRESEASON SPECIAL, hosted by Paul Kennedy.  It premieres statewide Wednesday, September 24 at 8pm (ET).  

The popular INSIDE THE LIGHTNING series returns and will feature, in addition to player profiles, episodes offering behind-the-scenes access to other aspects of the team and its operations -- all designed to bring the fans closer to their favorite team.

2008-2009 Sun Sports Television Schedule

Select Games Produced in HD (Schedule TBA)

4    Sat    12:00pm        NY RANGERS (Prague)
11    Sat    7:30pm        CAROLINA
16    Thu    7:30pm        NY ISLANDERS
18    Sat    7:30pm        MINNESOTA
25    Sat    7:30pm        SAN JOSE
30    Thu    7:00pm        @ Buffalo

5    Wed    7:00pm        @ New Jersey
6    Thu    7:00pm        @ NY Rangers
8    Sat    7:00pm        @ Philadelphia
13    Thu    7:30pm        DETROIT
16    Sun    7:00pm        @ Carolina
21    Fri    7:30pm        NASHVILLE
23    Sun    5:00pm        NEW JERSEY
26    Wed    7:30pm        NY RANGERS
28    Fri    2:00pm        @ Minnesota    

4    Thu    7:30pm        BOSTON
6    Sat    7:30pm        BUFFALO
8    Mon    7:00pm        @ Boston
10    Wed    7:00pm        @ Buffalo
11    Thu    7:30pm        @ Montreal
13    Sat    7:00pm        @ Ottawa
18    Thu    7:30pm        COLORADO
23    Tue    7:30pm        @ Pittsburgh
26    Fri    7:30pm        @ Florida
27    Sat    7:30pm        FLORIDA
30    Tue    7:30pm        MONTREAL

1    Thu    7:00pm        @ Washington
3    Sat    7:30pm        CAROLINA
4    Sun    5:00pm        @ Atlanta
8    Thu    9:00pm        @ Phoenix
9    Fri    10:00pm        @ Anaheim
12    Mon    10:30pm        @ LA Kings
15    Thu    7:30pm        PHILADELPHIA
17    Sat    7:30pm        FLORIDA
19    Mon    7:30pm        DALLAS
21    Wed    7:30pm        BUFFALO
27    Tue    7:30pm        MONTREAL
29    Thu    7:00pm        @ Carolina
30    Fri    7:30pm        PHILADELPHIA

3    Tue    7:00pm        @ NY Islanders
4    Wed    7:30pm        @ Pittsburgh
7    Sat    7:30pm        NY ISLANDERS
10    Tue    7:30pm        ATLANTA
12    Thu    7:30pm        TORONTO
14    Sat    7:30pm        WASHINGTON
17    Tue    7:30pm        CHICAGO
19    Thu    7:30pm        NEW JERSEY
20    Fri    7:00pm        @ Carolina
22    Sun    5:00pm        BOSTON
24    Tue    9:00pm        @ Edmonton
27    Fri    10:00pm        @ Vancouver

1    Sun    8:00pm        @ Calgary
6    Fri    7:30pm        ST. LOUIS
7    Sat    7:30pm        CAROLINA
11    Wed    7:30pm        @ Ottawa
14    Sat    7:00pm        @ Florida
17    Tue    7:30pm        TORONTO
19    Thu    7:30pm        WASHINGTON
21    Sat    7:30pm        ATLANTA
24    Tue    7:30pm        COLUMBUS
26    Thu    7:30pm        @ Montreal
27    Fri    7:00pm        @ Washington
29    Sun    6:00pm        OTTAWA

7    Tue    7:30pm        PITTSBURGH
9    Thu    7:30pm        WASHINGTON

ALL TIMES EASTERN   As of 9/9/08    
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