Thursday, June 17, 2010

2010 Tampa Bay Lightning preseason schedule

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced their 2010 preseason schedule. They are the home team for the September 22nd preseason game.

From the team's official news release:

The Tampa Bay Lightning will play six preseason games in 2010, including one at the St. Pete Times Forum. Highlights of the schedule include a match-up with the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba on September 22nd as well as a home-and-home series with the Florida Panthers on October 1st and 2nd. Prices and a ticket on-sale date for the preseason game at the St. Pete Times Forum will be announced at a later time. All full season ticket holders will receive the game as part of their ticket plan free of charge.

The Lightning will open the 2010 preseason on Tuesday, September 21st at the American Airlines Center in Dallas against the Stars. The team will then head to Winnipeg for a showdown with the Blackhawks, marking the second consecutive year Tampa Bay has played at the MTS Centre. The Bolts will then play in Edmonton, Alberta when they take on the Oilers at Rexall Place on September 23rd before continuing the preseason on September 25th against the Calgary Flames at the Pengrowth Saddledome. The Lightning will then return to Florida to take on the Panthers in Sunrise on October 1st and play their only home game of the preseason against Florida on October 2nd.

This year will mark the sixth time in the previous five years the Lightning will take on the Dallas Stars. Conversely, 2010 will mark the first time in franchise history the Bolts will play the Blackhawks and Flames during the exhibition season and just the second time they will play the Oilers. It will also be the first time since 2005 that the Lightning and Panthers will square off during the preseason.

The Lightning's 2010 preseason schedule is as follows:
(game start times are in Eastern Time)

September 21 - at Dallas, 8:30 PM
September 22 - vs. Chicago (in Winnipeg), 8:00 PM
September 23 - at Edmonton, 9:00 PM
September 25 - at Calgary, 9:00 PM
October 1 - at Florida, 7:30 PM
October 2 - vs. Florida, 7:30 PM


Tampa Bay Lightning official news release (June 17):
Lightning announce 2010 preseason schedule

Tampa Tribune's Bolts Report blog (June 17):
Lightning announce preseason schedule

St. Petersburg Times' Lightning Strikes blog (June 17):
Another long road trip highlights the Tampa Bay Lightning's 2010-11 preseason sked

Raw Charge (June 17):
Lightning announce pre-season schedule

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