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The chase begins anew on Oct. 8 when the Tampa Bay Lightning begins a fresh assault on the Stanley Cup.

The Lightning, the NHL runner-up this season, will start their season with seven of their first 10 games on the road. They will finish the season with 15 of their last 25 on the road, including their last four. Tampa Bay struggled away from Amalie Arena in last year’s regular season, but they were the NHL’s best road team during the playoffs.

For the Lightning, expectations will be high after a young team made it the Finals with Steven Stamkos, Tyler Johnson, Victor Hedman and Ben Bishop. The Triplets’ line will be a year older.

Tampa Bay will have six four-game road trips and three three-gamers.

Tampa Bay opens its 2015-16 season with a banner-raising night on Oct. 8 against the Philadelphia Flyers. It will play rematches of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 24 at the United Center and Jan. 21 at Amalie Arena.

The Lightning will play eight home games in March. Twice this year, they will have six-game home streaks.

 

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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