Lightning release 2013-14 regular season schedule

TAMPA, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Lightning released their 82-game
regular-season schedule for the 2013-14 campaign on Friday afternoon.

The schedule features four matchups (two home and two away) against most
opponents within the new Atlantic Division, which includes the Boston
Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs,
Buffalo Sabres, Florida Panthers and Ottawa Senators. However, the
Lightning play Ottawa (three home and two away) and Detroit (two home
and three away) five times each.

In addition, Tampa Bay plays each of its non-division Eastern Conference
opponents three times. The Lightning also will play two games, one home
and one away, against each Western Conference team.

On Oct. 3, Tampa Bay opens a three-game road trip to start the season,
against Boston, the Chicago Blackhawks (Oct. 5) and Buffalo (Oct. 8).
The Lightning’s home opener is against Florida on Oct. 10, which starts a
season-long seven-game homestand.

A few games at Tampa Bay Times Forum worth noting: The defending Stanley
Cup champion Blackhawks arrive Oct. 24, and former Lightning center
Vincent Lecavalier makes returns Nov. 27 and April 10 with the
Philadelphia Flyers.
 
Click here for the complete schedule.

Schedule Notes

Training Camp Opens  Wednesday, Sept. 11
Exhibition Games Begin
 Friday, Sept. 13
Regular Season Opens  Tuesday, Oct. 1
Hall of Fame Game
 Friday, Nov. 8
Christmas Break  Tuesday, Dec. 24 – Thursday, Dec. 26
Hockey Day In Canada
 Saturday, Jan. 18
Olympic Break  Sunday, Feb. 9 – Tuesday, Feb. 25
Hockey Day In America  Sunday, March 2
Last Day of Regular Season  Sunday, April 13

Stanley Cup Playoffs Begin  Wednesday, April 16



Monthly Breakdown

Month  Home  Away Total
 October
  7   5  12
 November   6   8  14
 December
  7   6  13
 January   5  10  15
 February   2   3   5
 March   8   8  16
 April   6   1   7


Breakdown by Day

Day  Home  Away  Total
 Sunday    1
  7    8
 Monday    4
  4    8
 Tuesday    3
 11   14
 Wednesday    1
  2    3
 Thursday   17

  5
  22
 Friday    2
  3    5
 Saturday   13
  9   22

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