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.