Among the Lightning games selected by Versus were three against the Southeast Division rival Capitals, including Tampa Bay's first trip to Washington since eliminating the Capitals in the Eastern Conference semifinal. Other highlights among the chosen games were a Nov. 9 home game against the Philadelphia Flyers and Tampa Bay general manager Steve Yzerman's first return to Detroit on Nov. 30.
Not too bad considering they were considered death to ratings not all that long ago.
Sun Sports will televise 68 Lightning games in 2011-12, beginning with the Oct. 7 season opener at Carolina and including the home opener Oct. 17 against the Panthers. Rick Peckham returns as play-by-play announcer and Bobby "The Chief" Taylor returns as analyst. Paul Kennedy returns as rink-side reporter.
With 11 other games on Versus, 79 of the Lightning's 82 games will be televised.