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All 82 Lightning games will be on TV this season

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Published:   |   Updated: August 26, 2014 at 11:06 AM

— All 82 regular-season Tampa Bay Lightning games for the 2014-15 season will be available to local television viewers.

Sun Sports on Tuesday released its schedule, which includes 77 games. The other five games are slated for NBC Sports Network.

Sun Sports’ tandem of Rick Peckham (play-by-play) and Bobby “The Chief’’ Taylor return as well as pregame-postgame host Paul Kennedy, who will be joined by former players Chris Dingman and Dave Andreychuk.

Kelly Nash will also return as in-game reporter and host for the “Inside the Lightning’’ series, which is tentatively scheduled to air six new shows this season.

Sun Sports, the Lightning’s broadcast partner, will also provide an expanded pregame and postgame show for all broadcasts.

The network begins its season coverage Oct. 3 with “Countdown to Thunder,’’ featuring 30 hours of Lightning programming over six consecutive nights. Included will be replays of the top six games from last season and the premiere of “Inside the Lightning: Top 10 Moments From Last Season”

There will also be a one-hour pregame show before the Oct. 9 season opener against the Florida Panthers.

NBC Sports Network will air games Dec. 2 (at Buffalo), Dec. 15 (at Pittsburgh), Jan. 27 (at Carolina), March 3 (vs. Buffalo) and April 11, the season finale against Boston.

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