The Lightning on Tuesday announced its full 2016-17 regular-season schedule, which will be more condensed because of September's World Cup of Hockey.
Tampa Bay will play its first four games at home, including the Oct. 13 opener against the Red Wings at Amalie Arena. Then will come the first of two six-game, 11-day road trips, the second on Jan. 16-26.
There will be more back-to-backs (16) than last season (13), partly thanks to the World Cup (Sept. 17-Oct. 1). Eleven of those will come on the road, three at home. There's a stretch with three consecutive back-to-backs Jan. 17-27, one of the toughest parts of the schedule. Tampa Bay will face each of its Atlantic Division rivals four times, except for Detroit (five) and Boston (five). The Lightning will make two trips each to Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and New York (Rangers and Islanders).
The All-Star break is Jan. 27-30, with another break Feb. 12-17. The Lightning will finish with 18 of its last 31 games at home, including five of the last eight. The finale is an April 9 home game against Buffalo.
Joe Smith, Times staff writer