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Sun Sports announces Tampa Bay Lightning 2011-12 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, FOXSportsFlorida.com, 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.

DAY DATE ET @/vs OPPONENT

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

Sun Sports announces Tampa Bay Lightning 2011-12 TV schedule 09/08/11 [Last modified: Thursday, September 8, 2011 4:38pm]

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