It’s only been a few weeks since the Stanley Cup Final ended and I’m going through some serious hockey withdrawals. That means its time to start brainstorming game plans for the 2022-23 season! The Lightning announced the upcoming season schedule today via NHL.com and I’m ready to get to some games.
The season kicks off with an Eastern Conference Final rematch against the New York Rangers on October 11. Tampa Bay will play seven of the first nine games on the road. The schedule consists of a full 82-game campaign, and the Bolts will play all teams in the NHL a minimum of two times. Their longest home stand will take place from December 3rd against Toronto till December 15th against Columbus. These 6 games are going to be the best time to catch our Bolts in action at home before the All-Star break in February, which takes place in Sunrise this year. Thankfully the longest trip the boys will have to make this season is a 5-game road trip, unfortunately the Bolts will not be participating in any Global series or Winter Classic series this year.
Tampa Bay will face the Colorado Avalanche for the first time since the 2022 Stanley Cup Final on February 9 at Amalie Arena. Bolts fans will have the most opportunities to see their dynasty team during the month of March, which includes EIGHT games at home in Tampa. The toughest factor the Lightning will face this season is 14 back-to-back matchups, three of which will take place at home ice.
I’m super excited for this season to start and for the Bolts to pick up right where they left off. I believe in our captain Steven Stamkos when he said that this team is “not done yet” after losing in the final this year.