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Lightning announces its 2016-17 schedule, starting with Detroit

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The Tampa Bay Lightning has beaten the Detroit Red Wings in the last two playoffs.

This year, the Red Wings will try to get even in the Bolts’ season opener.

Tampa Bay is at home on Oct. 13 to take on the Wings. The Lightning follows with games against New Jersey (Oct. 15), Florida (Oct. 18) and Colorado (Oct. 20).

A six-game road trip follows. In all, Tampa Bay will play 14 of its first 24 games on the road.

The Lightning will play Pittsburgh, the team that ousted it from the playoffs, at home on Dec. 10.

The Lightning concludes its schedule on April 9 against Buffalo.

There is still no word on where star center Steven Stamkos might sign, but if it is in his hometown of Toronto, the teams will play at Amalie on Dec. 29.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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