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Sun Sports announces Lightning TV schedule



Sun Sports will televise 68 Lightning games in 2011-12, beginning with the Oct. 7 season opener at Carolina and including the home opener Oct. 17 against the Panthers. Rick Peckham returns as play-by-play announcer and Bobby "The Chief" Taylor returns as analyst. Paul Kennedy returns as rink-side reporter.

With 11 other games on Versus, 79 of the Lightning's 82 games will be televised. Here is the announcement from Sun Sports and its schedule:

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,, 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.

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

[Last modified: Saturday, October 8, 2011 12:15am]


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