Lightning release their 82-game regular-season schedule for the 2013-14 campaign.
By ANDREW ASTLEFORDFS Florida
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.