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2015-16 Tampa Bay Lightning regular season schedule revealed

Starting on October 8th at Amalie Arena and ending April 9th at Bell Centre in Montreal, here's a quick overview of the 2015-16 Tampa Bay Lightning regular season schedule.

The Tampa Bay Lightning begin their regular-season battle with the Montreal Canadiens on December 28.
The Tampa Bay Lightning begin their regular-season battle with the Montreal Canadiens on December 28.
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It's been all of 10 days since the end of the Stanley Cup Final and the 2014-15 NHL season. It seems a little awkward, and very convenient, that there is no wait to learn about next season.  To start the week, we found out about the Lightning's preseason schedule, Wednesday we found out that the Bolts will open the season on October 8th against the Philadelphia Flyers at Amalie Arena...

And this morning, we get the whole shebang: All 82 games of the 2015-16 Tampa Bay Lightning season have been unveiled to the public.

After the Bolts season-opener at home, the club will immediately jump out on the road to play the likes of Atlantic Division rivals in the Buffalo SabresBoston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings. The latter two games of that road trip being a back-to-back affair on October 12th and 13th. The Lightning will have 12 different sets of back-to back games over the course of the season, with the Boston/Detroit series being the first and a pair of New York City games against theRangers and Islanders on April 4th and 5th being the last set of the season. The April 4th game against the Islanders will also be Tampa Bay's debut appearance at Barclays Center, the Isles new home arena.

While the majority of games between Tampa Bay and the Atlantic Division was massed in the second half of the season in 2014-15, it's much more spread out in the season ahead, with Buffalo, Boston, Detroit and Florida all making appearance early on the Bolts schedule (the season series with Buffalo is completed within the first month of play, with games on October 10th, 17th, November 5th and November 10th). The latest Atlantic Division series start date is with the Montreal Canadiens, with the series beginning on December 28th at Amalie Arena.

The Lightning will have two west coast trips (three if you count a trip to Arizona that ends a four-game road trip in March) both happening within a month of each other. Tampa Bay will be heading to California to play Anaheim, San Jose and Los Angeles between December 2nd and December 6th. The second western jaunt takes place from January 5th through January 12th with games in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Colorado. In a nice little schedule aspect, the Bolts will have time off between their game against Vancouver and their game in Denver against the Avalanche on the 12th. The last two seasons have had the Lightning playing in Colorado on the flip-side of back-to-back games; a cruel physical-challenge given how taxing the higher altitude can be.

The Stanley Cup Final rematch games with the Chicago Blackhawks are set for October 24th at United Center and January 21st at Amalie Arena.

The schedule has Tampa Bay playing two six-game homestands this upcoming season. The first will be during the holidays from December 20th thru January 2nd while the second will be the last homestand of the season, playing out from March 22nd through April 2nd.

While there are multiple four-game road trips over the course of the season, there will be a span of 11-of-15 games on the road between February 20th and March 19th. Though this span is road heavy, only two of the clubs on the schedule during this stretch (the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators) made the playoffs in 2014-15. It's not like any of the opponents during this span (Boston, Philadelphia, Columbus, Dallas, New Jersey to name a few) should be taken lightly though.

The season finale is set for April 9th in Montreal against the Canadiens. The season closes with its four game road swing with thanks to Amalie Arena being the host of the 2016 NCAA Mene's Ice Hockey Frozen Four.

One other notable point are two games scheduled at Amalie Arena for 8 PM on Wednesday nights - against the Rangers on December 30 and one against Detroit on February 3rd - appear to be NBC Sports Net Rivalry Night broadcast games.

You can view the full schedule here. Or view or non-broken down by month table:

Oct-15
DATE VISITOR HOME TIME (ET)
THU OCT 8, 2015 FLYERS LIGHTNING 7:30 PM
SAT OCT 10, 2015 LIGHTNING SABRES 1:00 PM
MON OCT 12, 2015 LIGHTNING BRUINS 1:00 PM
TUE OCT 13, 2015 LIGHTNING RED WINGS 7:30 PM
THU OCT 15, 2015 STARS LIGHTNING 7:30 PM
SAT OCT 17, 2015 SABRES LIGHTNING 7:00 PM
TUE OCT 20, 2015 LIGHTNING PREDATORS 8:00 PM
FRI OCT 23, 2015 LIGHTNING JETS 8:00 PM
SAT OCT 24, 2015 LIGHTNING BLACKHAWKS 8:30 PM
TUE OCT 27, 2015 LIGHTNING BLUES 8:00 PM
THU OCT 29, 2015 AVALANCHE LIGHTNING 7:30 PM
SAT OCT 31, 2015 BRUINS LIGHTNING 7:00 PM
SUN NOV 1, 2015 LIGHTNING HURRICANES 5:00 PM
TUE NOV 3, 2015 LIGHTNING RED WINGS 7:30 PM
THU NOV 5, 2015 LIGHTNING SABRES 7:00 PM
SAT NOV 7, 2015 LIGHTNING WILD 8:00 PM
TUE NOV 10, 2015 SABRES LIGHTNING 7:30 PM
THU NOV 12, 2015 FLAMES LIGHTNING 7:30 PM
SAT NOV 14, 2015 PANTHERS LIGHTNING 7:00 PM
MON NOV 16, 2015 LIGHTNING PANTHERS 7:30 PM
THU NOV 19, 2015 RANGERS LIGHTNING 7:30 PM
SAT NOV 21, 2015 DUCKS LIGHTNING 7:00 PM
WED NOV 25, 2015 KINGS LIGHTNING 7:30 PM
FRI NOV 27, 2015 LIGHTNING CAPITALS 5:00 PM
SAT NOV 28, 2015 ISLANDERS LIGHTNING 7:00 PM
WED DEC 2, 2015 LIGHTNING DUCKS 10:30 PM
SAT DEC 5, 2015 LIGHTNING SHARKS 10:30 PM
SUN DEC 6, 2015 LIGHTNING KINGS 10:00 PM
THU DEC 10, 2015 SENATORS LIGHTNING 7:30 PM
SAT DEC 12, 2015 CAPITALS LIGHTNING 7:00 PM
MON DEC 14, 2015 LIGHTNING BLUE JACKETS 7:00 PM
TUE DEC 15, 2015 LIGHTNING MAPLE LEAFS 7:30 PM
FRI DEC 18, 2015 LIGHTNING CAPITALS 7:00 PM
SUN DEC 20, 2015 SENATORS LIGHTNING 5:00 PM
TUE DEC 22, 2015 CANUCKS LIGHTNING 7:30 PM
SAT DEC 26, 2015 BLUE JACKETS LIGHTNING 7:00 PM
MON DEC 28, 2015 CANADIENS LIGHTNING 7:30 PM
WED DEC 30, 2015 RANGERS LIGHTNING 8:00 PM
SAT JAN 2, 2016 WILD LIGHTNING 7:00 PM
TUE JAN 5, 2016 LIGHTNING FLAMES 9:00 PM
FRI JAN 8, 2016 LIGHTNING OILERS 9:00 PM
SAT JAN 9, 2016 LIGHTNING CANUCKS 10:00 PM
TUE JAN 12, 2016 LIGHTNING AVALANCHE 9:00 PM
FRI JAN 15, 2016 PENGUINS LIGHTNING 7:30 PM
SUN JAN 17, 2016 PANTHERS LIGHTNING 5:00 PM
TUE JAN 19, 2016 OILERS LIGHTNING 7:30 PM
THU JAN 21, 2016 BLACKHAWKS LIGHTNING 7:30 PM
SAT JAN 23, 2016 LIGHTNING PANTHERS 7:00 PM
WED JAN 27, 2016 MAPLE LEAFS LIGHTNING 7:00 PM
WED FEB 3, 2016 RED WINGS LIGHTNING 8:00 PM
FRI FEB 5, 2016 PENGUINS LIGHTNING 7:30 PM
MON FEB 8, 2016 LIGHTNING SENATORS 7:30 PM
TUE FEB 9, 2016 LIGHTNING CANADIENS 7:30 PM
FRI FEB 12, 2016 PREDATORS LIGHTNING 7:30 PM
SUN FEB 14, 2016 BLUES LIGHTNING 6:00 PM
TUE FEB 16, 2016 SHARKS LIGHTNING 7:30 PM
THU FEB 18, 2016 JETS LIGHTNING 7:30 PM
SAT FEB 20, 2016 LIGHTNING PENGUINS 12:30 PM
SUN FEB 21, 2016 LIGHTNING HURRICANES 7:00 PM
TUE FEB 23, 2016 COYOTES LIGHTNING 7:30 PM
FRI FEB 26, 2016 LIGHTNING DEVILS 7:00 PM
SUN FEB 28, 2016 LIGHTNING BRUINS 6:30 PM
MON FEB 29, 2016 LIGHTNING MAPLE LEAFS 7:30 PM
THU MAR 3, 2016 LIGHTNING SENATORS 7:30 PM
SAT MAR 5, 2016 HURRICANES LIGHTNING 7:00 PM
MON MAR 7, 2016 LIGHTNING FLYERS 7:00 PM
TUE MAR 8, 2016 BRUINS LIGHTNING 7:30 PM
FRI MAR 11, 2016 FLYERS LIGHTNING 7:30 PM
SUN MAR 13, 2016 LIGHTNING BLUE JACKETS 3:00 PM
TUE MAR 15, 2016 LIGHTNING MAPLE LEAFS 7:30 PM
THU MAR 17, 2016 LIGHTNING STARS 8:30 PM
SAT MAR 19, 2016 LIGHTNING COYOTES 10:00 PM
TUE MAR 22, 2016 RED WINGS LIGHTNING 7:30 PM
FRI MAR 25, 2016 ISLANDERS LIGHTNING 7:30 PM
SAT MAR 26, 2016 PANTHERS LIGHTNING 7:00 PM
MON MAR 28, 2016 MAPLE LEAFS LIGHTNING 7:30 PM
THU MAR 31, 2016 CANADIENS LIGHTNING 7:30 PM
SAT APR 2, 2016 DEVILS LIGHTNING 7:00 PM
MON APR 4, 2016 LIGHTNING ISLANDERS 7:00 PM
TUE APR 5, 2016 LIGHTNING RANGERS 7:00 PM
THU APR 7, 2016 LIGHTNING DEVILS 7:00 PM
SAT APR 9, 2016 LIGHTNING CANADIENS 7:00 PM