The wait is getting to an end, hockey fans. As of this writing, the NHL season officially starts in 35 days, but don’t forget pre-season hockey is still hockey, and it’s only 19 days away. But when and how can Tampa Bay Lightning fans watch the Bolts play in 2021-22?
The lightning will be playing a slew of playoff rematch games in the pre-season. Where can Lightning fans near and far (like myself) catch all the NHL action? Who will the Bolts be playing in the 2021-22 pre-season and beyond?
Tuesday, September 28 – Lightning at Hurricanes – 7 P.M. EST (playoff rematch)
Thursday, September 30 – Lightning vs. Predators – 7 P.M. EST
Friday, October 1 – Lightning vs. Hurricanes – 7 P.M. EST (playoff rematch)
Saturday, October 2 –Lightning at Predators – 8 P.M. EST
Tuesday, October 5 – Lightning vs. Panthers – 7 P.M. EST (playoff rematch)
Thursday, October 7 – Lightning vs. Panthers – 7 P.M. EST (playoff rematch)
Saturday, October 9 – Lightning at Panthers – 7 P.M. EST (playoff rematch)
The Tampa Bay Lightning games are shown on Fox Sports Sun, a regional sports network (RSN) channel Florida-based fans should find no problem. But if you are a Bolt fan from afar, like in Hawaii where I live, you still have a few options to catch Tampa Bay Lightning games this year (or any hockey game.)
You can sign up for Hulu, Youtube TV, or AT&T Now to catch live sports from most RSN channels. The most common and popular for watching hockey has been NHL.TV where you can watch all out-of-market games. NHL.TV assigns your local market by your zip code, and whichever market is geographically closest.
For instance, I live in Hawaii, and LA is my nearest market. With NHL.TV I can not watch the Bolts when they play the Kings, for example, unless I watch the local channel for the Kings (which I don’t have access to) or it plays nationally. All and all, NHL.TV is a solid option for catching all out-of-market hockey games for your zip code during the season.
I enjoy the games I can not watch live by listening to their team’s play-by-play commentators call the games. To me, it’s a flashback to years of crowding around the radio to enjoy a game. I highly suggest it for fans who can’t watch the game but still want to enjoy it.
The Tampa Bay Lightning had audio streaming capabilities installed into Amalie Arena in 2021, and fans can catch the play by play audio for bolts games by downloading the NHL app. I assume other teams have a similar option if they have the recording capabilities for those who want to listen to the NHL action of their favorite team.
If you wish to see the Bolts schedule for the year here is the 2021-2022 NHL schedule for the Tampa Bay Lightning. So now that we know where and when to catch the Bolts this season, we must wait until October 12th for the action to start. I hope yall are as excited as me to watch an entire 82 game season this year and shout “Go Bolts Go” the whole time.Embed from Getty Images