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 Lightnings 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.
Training Camp OpensWednesday, Sept. 11Exhibition Games Begin
Friday, Sept. 13Regular Season OpensTuesday, Oct. 1Hall of Fame Game
Friday, Nov. 8Christmas Break
Tuesday, Dec. 24 - Thursday, Dec. 26
Hockey Day In Canada
Saturday, Jan. 18
Olympic BreakSunday, Feb. 9 Tuesday, Feb. 25Hockey Day In AmericaSunday, March 2Last Day of Regular SeasonSunday, April 13
Stanley Cup Playoffs BeginWednesday, April 16
7 512November 6 814December
7 613January 51015February 2 3 5March 8 816April 6 1 7Breakdown by Day
7 8Monday 4
4 8Tuesday 3
11 14Wednesday 1
2 3Thursday 17
3 5Saturday 13
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