Wednesday, June 22, 2011

2011 Tampa Bay Lightning preseason schedule

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced their 2011 preseason schedule. They are the home team for the September 21st preseason game.

From the team's official news release:

The Tampa Bay Lightning will play a total of six preseason games in 2011 the team announced today. They will play their lone preseason game at the St. Pete Times Forum on Friday, September 23 against the Florida Panthers.

The Lightning will kick off their preseason schedule in St. Louis on Tuesday, September 20th when they take on the Blues at Scottrade Center. The Bolts and Blues will meet again the next night with the location being TBD. The game was originally scheduled to be played at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg and is being changed due to the franchise relocation of the Atlanta Thrashers.

Tampa Bay will then play a back-to-back set with Florida on Friday, September 23rd at the St. Pete Times Forum and the next night at the BankAtlantic Center. The games will mark the first meetings between the intra-state rivals during the preseason since the 2005 season.

The Lightning will conclude the 2011 exhibition season with a pair of games in Québec against the Montréal Canadiens. On Thursday, September 29th the Bolts will travel to the Bell Centre in Montréal for their first preseason appearance since 2006. On Saturday, October 1st the Bolts will take on the Canadiens in Québec City, the province's capital, at the Colisée Pepsi. The visit will mark the Lightning's first game in Québec City since April 29, 1995, a regular season game against the Québec Nordiques. Tampa Bay lost that game, 4-1.

The Lightning's 2011 preseason schedule is as follows:
(game start times are in Eastern Time)

September 20 - at St. Louis, 7:30 PM
September 21 - vs. St. Louis, TBA
September 23 - vs. Florida, 7:30 PM
September 24 - at Florida, 7:00 PM
September 29 - at Montréal, 7:30 PM
October 1 - vs. Montréal (in Québec City), 7:00 PM


Tampa Bay Lightning official news release (June 22):
Lightning announce 2011 preseason schedule

St. Petersburg Times' Lightning Strikes blog (June 22):
Tampa Bay Lightning announces preseason schedule

FOX Sports Florida's Lightning page (June 22):
Lightning announce preseason schedule

Raw Charge (June 22):
Lightning are once again the traveling band of the preseason

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