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NHL releases times for Lightning’s regular-season games

Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay will open the season Wednesday, Jan. 13 at home against Chicago.
Lightning fans Christina Hauerstein, Peter Hauerstein and Asha Connors, of Valrico, react to a goal while watching Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final on the giant video board at Amalie Arena in September.
Lightning fans Christina Hauerstein, Peter Hauerstein and Asha Connors, of Valrico, react to a goal while watching Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final on the giant video board at Amalie Arena in September. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
Published Jan. 4
Updated Jan. 4

The NHL on Monday released start times for the Lightning’s 2021 regular-season games. Dates and opponents were announced late last month.

Most week-night home games will be played at 7 p.m. at Amalie Arena in Tampa.

The Stanley Cup champion Lightning will open the season Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. at home against the Chicago Blackhawks in a game that will be televised nationally on NBC Sports Network. It will be one of five games played that night as the league officially kicks off the season.

Tampa Bay will play eight games against each of its seven new Central Division opponents: Carolina, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Florida and Nashville.

The Lightning will conclude the abbreviated 56-game season Saturday, May 8 at the Florida Panthers.

The top four teams in each division will qualify for the playoffs, with teams staying within their division for the first two rounds.

In an email sent to season-ticket holders last month,the Lightning said that a limited number of fans will be allowed to attend home games. Season-ticket members will receive first priority.

Lightning 2021 schedule

(All times p.m.)

Wed. Jan. 13 CHICAGO 8

Fri. Jan. 15 CHICAGO 7

Sun. Jan. 17 DALLAS 7

Tue. Jan. 19 DALLAS 7

Thu. Jan 21 at Columbus 7

Sat. Jan. 23 at Columbus 7

Tue. Jan. 26 at Carolina, 7

Thu. Jan. 28 at Carolina 7

Sat. Jan. 30 NASHVILLE 7

Mon. Feb. 1 NASHVILLE 7

Wed. Feb. 3 DETROIT 5:30

Fri. Feb. 5 DETROIT 7

Mon. Feb. 8 at Nashville 7

Tue. Feb. 9 at Nashville 7:30

Thu. Feb. 11 at Florida 7

Sat. Feb. 13 at Florida 7

Tue. Feb. 16 FLORIDA 7

Thu. Feb. 18 at Dallas 7:30

Sat. Feb. 20 at Dallas 7

Mon. Feb. 22 CAROLINA 7

Thu. Feb. 25 CAROLINA 7

Sat. Feb. 27 DALLAS 7

Mon. March 1 DALLAS 7

Thu. March 4 at Chicago 7

Fri. March 5 at Chicago 7

Sun. March 7 at Chicago 1:30

Tue. March 9 at Detroit 7:30

Thu. March 11 at Detroit 7:30

Sat. March 13 NASHVILLE 7

Mon. March 15 NASHVILLE 7

Thu. March 18 CHICAGO 7

Sat. March 20 CHICAGO 7

Tue. March 23 at Dallas 7:30

Thu. March 25 at Dallas 7:30

Sat. March 27 at Carolina 7

Sun. March 28 at Carolina 5

Tue. March 30 COLUMBUS 7

Thu. April 1 COLUMBUS 7

Sat. April 3 DETROIT 1

Sun. April 4 DETROIT noon

Tue. April 6 at Columbus 7

Thu. April 8 at Columbus 7

Sat. April 10 at Nashville 7

Mon. April 12 at Nashville 7

Thu. April 15 FLORIDA 7

Sat. April 17 FLORIDA 7

Mon. April 19 CAROLINA 7

Tue. April 20 CAROLINA 7

Thu. April 22 COLUMBUS 7

Sun. April 25 COLUMBUS 7

Tue. April 27 at Chicago 7

Sat. May 1 at Detroit 3

Sun. May 2 at Detroit 3

Tue. May 4 FLORIDA 7

Thu. May 6 at Florida 7

Sat. May 8 at Florida 7

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