New York, NY (Sports Network) - The NHL announced Thursday the cancellation of the 2012-13 regular-season schedule through Oct. 24.

There are four Tampa Bay Lightning games affected, including three at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Cancelled home games include:

  • Tuesday, October 16 vs.New York Islanders
  • Friday, October 19vs. Florida Panthers
  • Tuesday, October 23vs. New York Rangers.

The cancellation of the games was necessary because of the absence of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players' Association and the NHL.

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