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Canucks Release 2007-08 Regular Season Schedule

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks
VANCOUVER, B.C., — The Vancouver Canucks, in conjunction with the National Hockey League, released the club’s 2007-08 regular season schedule today. Vancouver opens the regular season at home on Friday, October 5th versus the San Jose Sharks.


The 2007-08 NHL schedule emphasizes divisional play and heightened rivalries. Vancouver will play eight games against each Northwest Division club (32 total) and four games against each of the 10 non-division clubs in the Western Conference (40 total). The Canucks remaining 10 games will be split between five match-ups at home versus Atlantic Division clubs, the first time an Atlantic Division team has played in Vancouver since the 2003-04 season, and five road games versus Southeast Division clubs.  Vancouver’s 2007-08 season schedule closes with nine straight games against divisional opponents.

On Saturday, December 8th, the Canucks host Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins for Crosby’s career first NHL game in Vancouver. Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils will go head-to-head with Roberto Luongo and the Canucks on Tuesday, December 18th and on Thursday, January 3rd, the New York Rangers led by captain Jaromir Jagr will play at General Motors Place for the first time since November, 2002.

Vancouver will play one road-and-home series this season, versus Edmonton on October 12th and 13th. The first divisional rivalry opens on the road at Calgary on Saturday, October 6th. The schedule also sees the Canucks play a total of 15 back-to-back series.  Two fan-friendly start times featuring the Calgary Games on November 18th and Anaheim Ducks on December 30th will see the puck drop at 5:00pm.


DATES TO REMEMBER:
October 5 - Season Opener at home versus the San Jose Sharks
November 27 - Stanley Cup Champion Anaheim Ducks visit General Motors Place
January 26 & 27 - NHL All-Star Weekend (All-Star Game to be played on Jan. 27th in Atlanta)
April 5  - Regular season finale versus the Calgary Flames

SCHEDULE NOTABLES:
The Canucks longest home stand is four games with three four-game home stands in the schedule; Jan. 19-29, Feb. 9-16 and Mar. 30 - Apr. 5. November is the busiest month at home with eight games scheduled at General Motors Place.  The busiest months on the road are December and March, when the Canucks are away for 10 games in each calendar month.

SCHEDULE BREAKDOWN:
The 2007-08 schedule includes 19 home stands and 18 road trips. The Canucks play a total of 15 weekend games at home. Thursday evenings will be the busiest night of the week for the Canucks this season with 18 games falling on that day. The total number of Saturday games is 13 followed by Friday (12), Tuesday (12), Sunday (11), Wednesday (9) and Monday (7).

PRE-SEASON:
The Canucks will play four pre-season home games and a total of eight pre-season games, all against Western Conference opponents: Anaheim (2), Calgary (2), Edmonton (2) and San Jose (2). The Canucks open the pre-season at home, facing the Anaheim Ducks, on September 17th.

ON THE AIR:
Every Canucks game, including pre-season games, can be heard on the radio on the Team 1040 AM. A complete broadcast schedule will be released at a later date
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