Tampa Bay Lightning Release 2019-2020 Regular Season Schedule

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(via Tampa Bay Lightning Communications) - The Tampa Bay Lightning announced their 82-game regular season schedule for the 2019-20 season, presented by AdventHealth, today. The Lightning’s season opener will take place on Thursday, October 3 as the Bolts host the Florida Panthers at AMALIE Arena. Tampa Bay will play six of its first seven games on the road, including a six-game road trip. Notable on this year’s schedule will be the team’s change to 7 p.m. start times from 7:30 p.m. for most weekday home games.

The Lightning will play each of their Atlantic Division opponents four times, two at home and two on the road. They will play each of the teams from the Metropolitan Division on three occasions. They will play the New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins two times at AMALIE Arena and once on the road. Tampa Bay will visit the Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, New Jersey Devils and Washington Capitals twice while those teams will make just one appearance at AMALIE Arena. The Lightning will play each Western Conference team twice, once at home and another on the road.

The league will take a break for the 2019 NHL All-Star Game on January 25 and 26. This year’s event will take place at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Missouri, home of the Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues.

Lightning single game tickets will go on sale at a later date.

At AMALIE Arena

The Lightning will open the season at AMALIE Arena on October 3 against the Florida Panthers, but will spend eight of their games during the season’s opening month away from the Bay Area. The Bolts will play a home-heavy schedule during the month of December, with 10 of 14 contests taking place at AMALIE Arena. Tampa Bay’s longest homestand of the season will be five games and take place from February 25 through March 5.

On the Road

After opening the season at AMALIE Arena the Lightning will go on their longest road trip of the season with six-straight away games starting October 5 in South Florida and wrapping up in Boston on October 17. Tampa Bay will spend the majority of the month of January away from home ice with 10 of 13 games being played on the road. The Lightning will also play six consecutive road games from January 16 until February 1, but they will be broken up by the league mandated bye-week and All-Star Break.

Back-to-Back

The Lightning will play in 12 sets of back-to-back games during the 2019-20 season, including a pair of games in Stockholm, Sweden. All but four of those will be with both games on the road. There will be one set with both games at home, on March 27 against Columbus and March 28 against the New York Rangers. Tampa Bay will play one set of back-to-backs with the first game at home followed by one on the road and two with the reverse. 

Monthly Breakdown

Month             Home  Away   Total

October           4         8         12

November        7         5         12

December        10        4         14        

January            3         10        13

February          8         6         14

March              9         6         15

April                0         2         2

Breakdown by Day

Day                 Home  Away   Total

Monday           3         3         6

Tuesday           7         8         15

Wednesday      3         3         6

Thursday          11        7         18

Friday              1         6         7

Saturday         14        10        24

Sunday            2         4         6

Fast Facts

·The Lightning play the cross-state rival Florida Panthers on four occasions with all of those matches taking place in 2019.

·Tampa Bay doesn’t play 2019 playoff opponent Columbus until February 10. 

·The Lightning will play both games against the Stanley Cup Champion Blues in a nine-day span, starting November 19 and concluding November 29 at AMALIE Arena.

·The Bolts will play six of their first seven games against Atlantic Division rivals. 

·The Lightning don’t play a game against a Pacific Division opponent until November 23 vs. Anaheim. They will only see Pacific Division opponents twice (Dec. 7 vs. San Jose) during the first half of the regular season. 

·Tampa Bay will play nearly 30 percent (24 of 82) of its schedule and 34 percent (14 of 41) of home games on Saturdays. 

·The Lightning will play 25 of their 41 games (61 percent) at AMALIE Arena on either a Thursday or Saturday. 

2019-20 TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING SCHEDULE

Oct 3 - vs Florida - 7:00pm

Oct 5 - AT Florida - 7:00pm

Oct 6th - AT Carolina - 5:00pm

Oct 12th - AT Ottawa - 4:00pm

Oct 15th - AT Montreal - 7:00pm

Oct 17th - AT Boston - 7:00pm

Oct 19th - vs Colorado - 7:00pm

Oct 23rd - vs Pittsburgh - 8:00pm

Oct 26th - vs Nashville - 7:00pm

Oct 29th - AT NY Rangers - 7:00pm

Oct 30th - AT New Jersey - 7:00pm

Nov 1 - AT NY Islanders - 7:00pm

Nov 8 - AT Buffalo - 2:00pm (Sweden)

Nov 9 - vs Buffalo - 1:00pm (Sweden)

Nov 14 - vs NY Rangers - 7:00pm

Nov 16 - vs Winnipeg - 4:00pm

Nov 19 - AT St Louis - 8:00pm

Nov 21 - AT Chicago - 8:30pm

Nov 23 - vs Anaheim - 7:00pm

Nov 25 - vs Buffalo - 7:00pm

Nov 27 - vs St Louis - 7:00pm

Nov 29 - AT Washington - 5:00pm

Nov 30 - vs Carolina - 7:00pm

Dec 3 - AT Nashville - 8:00pm

Dec 5 - vs Minnesota - 7:00pm

Dec 7 - vs San Jose - 7:00pm

Dec 9 - vs NY Islanders - 7:00pm

Dec 10 - AT Florida - 7:00pm

Dec 12 - vs Boston - 7:00pm

Dec 14 - vs Washington - 7:00pm

Dec 17 - vs Ottawa - 7:00pm

Dec 19 - vs Dallas - 7:00pm

Dec 21 - AT Washington - 7:00pm

Dec 23 - vs Florida - 7:00pm

Dec 28 - vs Montreal - 7:00pm

Dec 29 - vs Detroit - 7:00pm

Dec 31 - AT Buffalo - 7:00pm

Jan 2 - AT Montreal - 7:00pm

Jan 4 - AT Ottawa - 7:00pm

Jan 5 - AT Carolina - 5:00pm

Jan 7 - vs Vancouver - 7:00pm

Jan 9 - vs Arizona - 7:00pm

Jan 11 - AT Philadelphia - 7:00pm

Jan 12 - AT New Jersey - 7:00pm

Jan 14 - vs LA Kings - 7:00pm

Jan 16 - AT Minnesota - 8:00pm

Jan 17 - AT Winnipeg - 8:00pm

Jan 27 - AT Dallas - 8:30pm

Jan 29 - AT LA Kings - 10:00pm

Jan 31 - AT Anaheim - 10:00pm

Feb 1 - AT San Jose - 10:30pm

Feb 4 - vs Las Vegas - 7:00pm

Feb 6 - vs Pittsburgh - 7:00pm

Feb 8 - vs NY Islanders - 7:00pm

Feb 10 - AT Columbus - 7:00pm

Feb 11 - AT Pittsburgh - 7:00pm

Feb 13 - vs Edmonton - 7:00pm

Feb 15 - vs Philadelphia - 4:00pm

Feb 17 - AT Colorado - 9:00pm

Feb 20 - AT Las Vegas - 10:00pm

Feb 22 - AT Arizona - 8:00pm

Feb 25 - vs Toronto - 7:00pm

Feb 27 - vs Chicago - 7:00pm

Feb 29 - vs Calgary - 4:00pm

March 3 - vs Boston - 7:00pm

March 5 - vs Montreal - 7:00pm

March 7 - AT Boston - 7:00pm

March 8 - AT Detroit - 5:00pm

March 10 - AT Toronto - 7:00pm

March 12 - vs Philadelphia - 7:00pm

March 14 - vs Detroit - 4:00pm

March 15 - vs New Jersey - 5:00pm

March 18 - AT Vancouver - 10:00pm

March 20 - AT Edmonton - 9:00pm

March 21 - AT Calgary - 10:00pm

March 25 - vs Toronto - 7:00pm

March 27 - vs Columbus - 7:00pm

March 28 - vs NY Rangers - 7:00pm

March 31 - vs Ottawa - 7:00pm

April 2 - AT Columbus - 7:00pm

April 4 - AT Detroit - 7:00pm

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