On Tuesday afternoon, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Sun Sports announced the team's local broadcast schedule for the 2013 abbreviated 48-game season with 43 games to be shown on the FOX Sports Florida family of networks.
Sun Sports, the Lightning's regional television home will broadcast 37 games, with FOX Sports Florida broadcasting six games. Those 43 games combined with the five games that will be carried on the NBC Sports Network means that the entire 48-game season will be televised.
The five games on the NBC Sports Network are Feb. 5 against the Flyers, Feb. 24 against the Penguins, March 4 against the Penguins, March 18 against the Flyers and April 11 against the Penguins.
Two games, Feb. 14 against the Capitals and March 16 against the Hurricanes also will be televised by the NHL Network.
The season for the Lightning and Sun Sports gets underway on Saturday, Jan. 19 with a special one-hour Lightning Live pregame show at 6 p.m. before the season and home opener against divisional rival Washington Capitals at 7 p.m.
Bolts play-by-play announcer Rick Peckham and color analyst Bobby “The Chief” Taylor will once again provide the viewers with expert commentary throughout the season. In addition, they'll be joined by analysts Paul Kennedy, Dave Andreychuk and Chris Dingman who return to join the broadcast as hosts of Lightning Live pregame show for home games and road games and as well for all of the team's extended post-game show.
Inside the Lightning, the ever-so-popular series returns and will feature player profiles along with episodes that offer behind-the-scenes access to other aspects of the team and it's operations. There are currently three new episodes tentatively scheduled to air throughout the upcoming season.
Sun Sports’ Lightning telecasts this season will feature an exciting new addition for viewers. All Lightning pre-and post-game shows for away games will originate from the FOX Sports Studio in Fort Lauderdale.
For more info: Tampa Bay Lightning, 2013 Lightning Broadcast Schedule
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