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Lightning release preseason schedule

The schedule for the Lightning's upcoming pre-season schedule features some familiar names and places and one highly unusual date.

The Lightning will face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first ever "Kraft Hockeyville USA" game as part of the upcoming preseason
The Lightning will face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first ever "Kraft Hockeyville USA" game as part of the upcoming preseason
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The Tampa Bay Lightning released their seven-game schedule of preseason exhibition games today, featuring home and home match-ups against frequent preseason opponents the Dallas Stars, Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators.

Home games will all be played at Amalie Arena.

In addition, the Lightning will face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first-ever "Kraft Hockeyville USA" game in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, a game that will be televised nationally on NBCSN. Johnstown was selected "Kraft Hockeyville USA" through public voting for essays submitted at www.krafthockeyville.com. In addition to hosting the game, Johnstown's Cambria County War Memorial Arena will receive $150,000 in upgrades. Johnstown was the inspiration for Charlestown and the Chiefs in the 1977 Paul Newman film "Slap Shot".

The Lightning posted a record of 5-1-0 in the 2014 preseason, during which they outscored opponents 22-8.

A date for tickets to go on sale has not been announced yet.

LIGHTNING 2015 PRESEASON SCHEDULE

Tuesday, September 22 7:30PM Amalie Arena Nashville Predators
Wednesday, September 23 8:00PM Bridgestone Arena Nashville Predators
Friday, September 25 7:30PM Amalie Arena Florida Panthers
Saturday, September 26 8:00PM American Airlines Arena Dallas Stars
Tuesday, September 29 TBA Cambria County War Memorial Arena Pittsburgh Penguins
Thursday, October 1 7:30PM Amalie Arena Dallas Stars
Saturday, October 3 7:00PM BB&T Center Florida Panthers