The Lightning's 2011-12 season opener is Oct. 7 at Carolina and its home opener is Oct. 17 against the Panthers, the team announced Wednesday.
The full schedule will be released at 2 p.m. Thursday.
The Lightning also announced its preseason schedule. Tampa Bay will play six games, but only one at the St. Pete Times Forum -- Sept. 23 against the Panthers.
A Sept. 21 game with the Blues will be at a place and time to be determined. The game was originally schedule to be played at Winnipeg's MTS Center. The relocation of the Atlanta franchise to Winnipeg changed that plan.
Here is the chedule. All times are subject to change:
Sept. 20 at St. Louis, 7:30 p.m.
Sept 21 vs. the Blues, TBA
Sept. 23 Panthers, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 24 at Florida, 7 p.m.
Sept. 29 at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 1 vs. Canadiens at Quebec City, 7 p.m.