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Canucks Release 2008-09 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 2008-09 regular season schedule today. Vancouver opens the regular season at home on Thursday, October 9th versus the Calgary Flames.

The 2008-09 NHL schedule will once again see the Canucks play every team in the League at least once. Vancouver will play six games against each Northwest Division club (24 total) and four games against each of the 10 non-division clubs in the Western Conference (40 total). The Canucks remaining 18 games will be split with nine home and nine away games against the Eastern Conference. The Canucks will play a home and home series with each of the Canadian based Eastern Conference teams; Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.

The Canucks schedule is highlighted by a number of visits to General Motors Place this season including; the Toronto Maple Leafs for a Saturday night match-up on November 15th, the Ottawa Senators visit on Sunday, December 28th and the Montreal Canadiens come to town on Sunday, February 15th. Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils will face Roberto Luongo and the Canucks on January 13th. In addition, Vincent Lecavalier and the Tampa Bay Lightning will visit on February 27th and the Canucks and Philadelphia Flyers re-new their traditional ‘year-end’ match up at General Motors Place on December 30th.

Vancouver will play two home-and-road series this season versus Calgary on October 9th and 11th and again on November 27th and 29th. The season begins with two divisional games against Calgary and concludes with four of the last five games of the season versus Northwest Division opponents. The 2008-09 schedule will see the Canucks play a total of 11 back-to-back series.

October 9 - Season Opener at home versus the Calgary Flames
November 2 - Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings first visit of season
November 15 - Toronto Maple Leafs visit General Motors Place
December 28 - Ottawa Senators pay their first visit since December 9, 2005
December 30 - Philadelphia Flyers close out 2008 at General Motors Place
January 13 - Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils face Roberto Luongo and the Canucks
January 25 - NHL All-Star Game – Montreal
February 15 - The Montreal Canadiens make their only visit to Vancouver
February 27 - Vincent Lecavalier and the Tampa Bay Lightning visit General Motors Place
April 9 - Regular season home finale versus the Los Angeles Kings

The Canucks longest home stand is six games between November 2nd-15th, while the longest road trip is seven games from November 29th-December 13th. With road trips of seven games, two of six games and two of four games in length, the Canucks will play a combined 27 road games in just five road trips.

The 2008-09 schedule includes 14 home stands and 14 road trips. The Canucks play a total of 28 weekend games including 17 games at home. Tuesday evenings will be the busiest night of the week for the Canucks this season with 17 games falling on that day. The total number of Saturday games is 16 followed by Thursday (15), Sunday (12), Friday (10), and Monday and Wednesday (6).

The Canucks will play four pre-season home games and a total of seven pre-season games, all against Western Conference opponents: Anaheim (2), Calgary (1), Edmonton (2) and San Jose (2). The Canucks open the pre-season at Edmonton, facing the Oilers, on September 22nd.

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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