Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

NHL releases Tampa Bay Lightning's 2011-12 schedule

The Tampa Bay Lightning has changed the start times on its Saturday home games at the St. Pete Times Forum to 7 p.m. The change, Lightning spokesman Bill Wickett said, was to make the start time more "fan friendly." Weekday games remain at 7:30 p.m, giving fans the extra 30 minutes to get away from work.

Other highlights of the schedule released on Thursday:

* The team begins the season with a five-game road trip to Carolina, Boston, Washington, the Islanders and Florida. The trip, the longest of the season, gives the Times Forum renovations some extra time to get done, though Wickett said the team did not request the season-opening trip.

* The season opener is Oct. 7 at Carolina. The home opener is Oct. 17 against the Panthers.

* The season ends with five of seven on the road, but overall Tampa Bay plays 21 of its final 35 games at the Times Forum, including a season-high 10 home games in March.

* Steve Yzerman makes his first trip to Detroit as Lightning GM on Nov. 30.

* The Lightning has 10 sets of back-to-back games.

*There are three trips to Winnipeg, including the April 7 season finale, as part of the Atlanta franchise's relocation.

* There is a seven-game home stand from March 10-24.

* Tampa Bay will not visit western Canada, Los Angeles or Anaheim.

You can view the entire schedule here.

NHL releases Tampa Bay Lightning's 2011-12 schedule 06/23/11 [Last modified: Thursday, June 23, 2011 5:51pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Chris Archer knocked out early as Rays lose to Orioles (w/video)

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — Another short outing by Chris Archer led to another long afternoon for the Rays in a 9-4 loss to the Orioles on Sunday.

    Chris Archer has not gotten past four innings in four of his past five starts. [WILL VRAGOVIC | Times]
  2. Bucs-Vikings report card: Where's this explosive offense we heard about all offseason?


    O NO

    True, the Bucs defense looked pretty leaky in the 34-17 loss to the Vikings. But you know what needs to happen when the defense is getting torched? The offense needs to step up. In games such as these, with defensive players seemingly getting hurt every play, the offense needs to outscore the other …

    Minnesota Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes (26) intercepts a Jameis Winston pass intended for wide receiver DeSean Jackson (11) during the first half. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  3. Bucs-Vikings: Instant analysis from Tampa Bay's 34-17 loss


    MINNEAPOLIS — Here's Rick Stroud and Tom Jones' instant analysis from the Bucs' 34-17 loss at Minnesota Sunday. More to come from Rick & Tom — and Greg Auman —- from Minneapolis later today.

    Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jarius Wright (17) dives over the pylon for a touchdown as  Bucs cornerback Ryan Smith (29) defends. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  4. Worst-Case scenario: Case Keenum, Vikings hand Bucs 34-17 loss


    MINNEAPOLIS — With key defensive starters out with injury, the Bucs were dominated by the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, with fill-in quarterback Case Keenum beating Tampa Bay for the third year in a row, …

    Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston (3) is sacked by Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen (97) during the first half. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  5. Bucs-Vikings: A by-the-numbers look at the Bucs' 34-17 loss


    Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Clinton McDonald (98) hits Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum (7) as he passes during the first half of an NFL game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn., on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times