NHL Releases Lightning 2012-2013 Schedule: Tampa Bay Lightning Open Against Florida Panthers

SUNRISE, FL - NOVEMBER 6: Goaltender Dwayne Roloson #30 of the Tampa Bay Lightning stops the final shot in the shoot out by Sean Bergenheim #20 of the Florida Panthers on November 6, 2011 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. The Lightning defeated the Panthers 4-3 in a shoot out. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

The NHL released the 2012-13 regular season schedule on Thursday. The Tampa Bay Lightning will open their season on Saturday, October 13 when they visit the Florida Panthers.

The NHL released the 2012-13 schedule on Thursday. Keep in mind that the schedule is tentative at this point given the CBA negotiations that will occur. But according to SB Nation's Travis Hughes, its not yet time to panic.

If the season begins as scheduled, the Tampa Bay Lightning will open their season on Saturday, October 13 when they will visit the Florida Panthers. The home opener for the Lightning will be Tuesday, October 16 when they host the New York Islanders. The Lightning also get two separate sets of six-game homestands, one in November and the other in March. In addition to that, they will not have a road trip longer than four games at all this season.

The Lightning close out the 2012-13 season Saturday, April 13 when they visit the Washington Capitals. Their final home game of the season will be Thursday, April 11 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

For the complete schedule of the Tampa Bay Lightning, please check the NHL's official website.

For more on the Lightning, visit Raw Charge. For the latest news and notes from around the league, check out SB Nation's NHL Hub.

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