Love them or not, the black jerseys are back, starting with Saturday’s game against Colorado. The Lightning will wear their alternate “disrupt the night” jerseys for all home weekend games this season.
The Lightning debuted the jerseys last February to a mixed response. The base of the jersey is simple, no trim or striping, and the gradient effect meant to evoke Lightning static was hard to see from far away.
The biggest issue? The gray-trimmed black numbers were hard to read against the black jerseys on TV.
After revealing the jerseys last last February, the team also launched a lifestyle line, featuring athleisure, hats, popsockets, and a skateboard.
As they did last year, the Lightning will wear their black jerseys for all weekend games, 13 Saturdays and two Sundays.
It remains to be seen if the heavily dramatic intro video about lightning “striking without warning or prejudice and igniting the night with the ferocity of its flash” will also return.
Third jersey schedule: Oct. 19 vs Avalanche, Oct. 26 vs Predators, Nov. 16 vs Jets, Nov. 23 vs Ducks, Nov. 30 vs Hurricanes, Dec. 7 vs Sharks, Dec. 14 vs Capitals, Dec. 28 vs Canadiens, Dec. 29 vs Red Wings, Feb. 8 vs Islanders, Feb. 15 vs Flyers, Feb. 29 vs Flames, March 14 Red Wings, March 15 vs Devils, March 28 vs Rangers.