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Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
Looking for the best source you need to find the season schedule and broadcasting information?

You have come to the right place! Welcome to the Hockey Forum's official resource for the Tampa Bay Lightning's 2008-2009 season schedule.

I have to put together for the Hockey Forum community a news resource thread for the Tampa Bay Lightning's regular season game schedule and upcoming broadcasting information. Such information isn't just for here, but also for individual team boards. The posts are organized to show both schedule types and are easy to find what you're looking for.

The first post in this thread will contain news hyperlinks for the game schedules themselves. The second post is reserved for the broadcasting information.

I would like to invite everyone's participation in helping me track down any news items you find in the posts that follow! You see something that you think I should add to either the game schedule news link list or those for the broadcasting schedules, please by all means post them and I'll then add them.

My goal is to encourage participation in this thread where once the schedules are released, let's hear what you think are the most anticipated games you think should be circled on the 2008-2009 hockey calendar! Also, what do you like about the new schedules? What do you not like about them? Many other fans would like to know what your answers would be.

The National Hockey League unveiled the 2008-2009 regular season schedule on July 17, 2008 at 12:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time. For more on the entire league schedule, please go to this thread for further details.

Here are the most resourceful news items available online.

National Hockey League official site
(July 17):
*European opening, Canadiens centennial highlight 2008-2009 season
Matchups not to be missed
2008-2009 NHL schedule page

(July 18):
Inside the 2008-2009 schedule

(August 11):
NHL announces 2008-2009 pre-season schedule

Tampa Bay Lightning official news releases
(July 16):
Lightning announce 2008 preseason schedule

(July 17):
Lightning open 16th NHL season October 4th vs. New York Rangers in Prague; home opener set for October 11th vs. Carolina

(August 15):
Lightning add exhibition game September 30th vs. HC Slovan in Bratislava, Slovakia

Tampa Tribune's Lightning page
(July 16):
Lightning announce 2008 preseason schedule

(July 17):
NHL releases Lightning season schedule
Breaking down the Lightning schedule
Lightning time correction for game in Prague

(July 18):
Lightning will travel abroad, out west

(August 15):
Lightning make additional European game official

St. Petersburg Times' Lightning page
(July 17):
2008-2009 Lightning schedule
Regular season schedule no easy road to redemption

(July 18):
Lightning coach Melrose sets scene on schedule
Five Lightning games to watch in 2008-2009

(August 15):
Slovakia game added to European trip

The Sports Network's (TSN) NHL page
(July 17):
Season to open in Europe as NHL releases 2008-2009 schedule
2008-2009 NHL schedule
2008-2009 Canadian calendar

(August 11):
NHL releases pre-season schedule

CBC Sports' hockey page
(July 17):
New NHL schedule heightens Canadian rivalries

(August 11):
Senators host Rangers to open NHL pre-season

ESPN's NHL page (July 17):
The can't-miss games of 2008-2009 NHL season

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Discussion Starter #2 (Edited)

As of now, the Tampa Bay Lightning will make at least 15 national television appearances this season.

No full broadcast schedule has been finalized for both the NHL Network and NBC, but will be announced soon.

All other Lightning games will be televised locally by Sun Sports. No word yet on whether or not that includes the two season-opening games against the New York Rangers in Prague, Czech Republic on October 4th and October 5th.

It has not been confirmed yet that Sun Sports will televise the Lightning's season opener on October 4th from O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic. This is not to be confused with the larger venue in London, England by the same name. It is the first of two games against the New York Rangers in the National Hockey League's second NHL Premiere series in league history. The second game can be seen exclusively on Versus.

Versus (4):
October 5, 2008 - Tampa Bay vs. New York Rangers at Prague, Czech Republic (exclusive cablecast)
November 10, 2008 - Tampa Bay at Washington
December 2, 2008 - Tampa Bay at Philadelphia (exclusive cablecast)
March 3, 2009 - Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay

The Sports Network (TSN) (4):
October 28, 2008 - Tampa Bay at Toronto
March 11, 2009 - Tampa Bay at Ottawa
March 17, 2009 - Toronto at Tampa Bay
March 26, 2009 - Tampa Bay at Montréal

Le Réseau des Sports' (RDS) (4):
December 11, 2008 - Tampa Bay at Montréal
December 30, 2008 - Montréal at Tampa Bay
January 27, 2009 - Montréal at Tampa Bay
March 26, 2009 - Tampa Bay at Montréal

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) (2):
October 4, 2008 - New York Rangers vs. Tampa Bay at Prague, Czech Republic
March 29, 2009 - Ottawa at Tampa Bay

NBC (potentially 1)

For more on the league-wide national television schedules, see these news sources below.

National Hockey League official site (August 14):
League releases TV schedules for 2008-2009

The Sports Network's (TSN) NHL page (August 14):
TSN announces 2008-2009 NHL broadcast schedule
2008-2009 NHL on TSN schedule
NHL: Hockey Lives Here (video clip)

CBC Sports' hockey page (August 14):
Hockey Night in Canada unveils season schedule

Versus' NHL page (August 14):
Versus announces schedule for 2008-2009 NHL regular season
Much to see on Versus this season
Versus' 2008-2009 broadcast schedule

Tampa Tribune's Bolts Report blog (August 14):
NHL national television schedule released

St. Petersburg Times' Lightning Strikes blog
(August 14):
4 Lightning games on Versus

(August 27):
Espo back on radio, says defense is fine

Kukla's Korner blog (August 15):
The Eye on the Media 2008-09 National TV Guide: Team-by-Team Network TV Schedules
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