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by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes

Thursday, July 17, 2008
GLENDALE, ARIZONA -- Phoenix Coyotes President and Chief Operating Officer Douglas Moss announced today the Coyotes’ schedule for the 2008-09 National Hockey League season.  The Coyotes will play a total of 82 regular season games (41 home, 41 away) as well as eight preseason games (3 home, 5 away) in 2008-09.
The Coyotes will open the regular season by hosting the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday, Oct. 11 at Arena and conclude against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday, Apr. 11.  The month of October features visits from Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals on Thursday, Oct. 23 and Sidney Crosby’s Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday, Oct. 30.
Columbus Blue Jackets' Rick Nash controls the puck behind the net against the St. Louis Blues during the second period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, April 6, 2008, in Columbus, Ohio.
“We’re awaiting the start of the 2008-09 NHL season with great anticipation as there is a lot to be excited about,” said Moss.  “Veterans Shane Doan, Ed Jovanovski, Derek Morris and Ilya Bryzgalov are all coming off great seasons, we’ve added a proven goal-scorer to the lineup in Olli Jokinen, and young players like Peter Mueller, Martin Hanzal and Dan Carcillo will continue to improve and play major roles for us.
“When you combine that with exciting match ups, more games against Eastern Conference opponents and the opportunity for hockey fans in the Valley to see superstars Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin live and in person, it should make for a tremendously entertaining season.”
This season, the game time for the majority of Coyotes home games will be 7:00 p.m.  Other home game times include a 6:00 p.m. faceoff against San Jose on Sunday, Nov. 9 and a 2:00 p.m. puck drop versus the Colorado Avalanche on Friday, Nov. 28 – the day after Thanksgiving.   The Avalanche will also be the Coyotes’ opponent when the teams square off on New Year’s Eve at 6:00 p.m.  The Coyotes will play host to the Calgary Flames for an 8:00 p.m. start on Valentine’s Day and will faceoff against the Edmonton Oilers at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, February 16.  They team will close the regular season by hosting the Anaheim Ducks for “Fan Appreciation Night” on Saturday, April 11 at 5:00 p.m.
Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) defends against Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin.
Under the NHL’s new schedule format, the Coyotes will play six games (three home, three away) against each of their four Pacific Division rivals (Anaheim, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Jose) for a total of 24 games.  They will face the 10 remaining Western Conference teams four times each (two home, two away) for a total of 40 contests.  In addition, they will face each of the 15 Eastern Conference clubs at least once, with the three remaining “at large” games to be played against teams from the East.  The three Eastern Conference clubs the Coyotes will play twice in “home-and-home” series are the Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes and New York Islanders.
The Coyotes will play four separate four-game homes stands (Oct. 23-Nov. 1; Nov. 28-Dec. 4; Feb. 12-19; Mar. 14-21), their longest of the season.  The team’s longest road stretch of the season is five games (Mar. 5-12), a trip that will take them through Boston, Buffalo, the New York Islanders, Detroit and New Jersey.
Of the Coyotes’ 41 home games this season, 17 contests will be played on Saturdays and 11 games will be played on Thursdays.  They will also host seven Tuesday games, two Friday games, two Monday games, one Wednesday game and one Sunday game.
Sean Avery, left, interferes with New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur during third period NHL hockey in East Rutherford, N.J. The Dallas Stars signed noted pest Sean Avery to a four-year, $15.5 million deal Wednesday July 2, 2008 .(AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)
The Coyotes’ eight-game preseason schedule includes back-to-back games against the Calgary Flames as the clubs will meet in Winnipeg on Sept. 24 and in Calgary on Sept. 25.  The Coyotes will host Anaheim, San Jose and Los Angeles at Arena during the preseason.
To guarantee the best seats for the exciting Coyotes hockey season, fans are encouraged to get their season tickets now. Phoenix Coyotes full season ticket packages for the 2008-2009 season are available starting at only $396 per seat and feature key benefits such as preferred parking, exclusive invitations to “Meet the Team” events and flexible payment options.  The Coyotes are also introducing a brand new 20-game ticket package for the upcoming year called the “20 Game Pick ‘em Plan” which provides fans the opportunity to choose the games that they want to see.  With the 20 Game Pick’em Plan, fans will receive a significant discount off of game day prices, preferred seat locations and flexible payment options.  Call 480-563-PUCK

  • October 11 – Regular season and home opener at Arena versus the Columbus Blue Jackets.
  • October 23 – Reigning Hart Trophy winner (NHL MVP) Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals visit the Coyotes.
  • October 30 – Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and the Stanley Cup finalist Pittsburgh Penguins come to Arena.
  • November 15 – Sean Avery returns to the Pacific Division as the newest member of the Dallas Stars in the first of three visits to the Valley by the Stars.
  • November 18 – Last season’s NHL Rookie of the Year Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks make their first trip of the season to Arena.
  • November 28 – The Colorado Avalanche come to Glendale for a 2:00 p.m. matinee on “Black Friday.”
  • December 4 – The Toronto Maple Leafs, an “Original Six” franchise, visit the Coyotes for a second consecutive season.
  • December 13 – The defending Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings make their first appearance of the season in Glendale.
  • December 31 – For the second straight year, the Coyotes celebrate New Year’s Eve by hosting the Colorado Avalanche.
  • January 8 – Barry Melrose makes his first appearance in the desert as a head coach when he leads this year’s No. 1 overall draft pick Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning into Arena.
  • January 20 – The Detroit Red Wings make their second and final visit of the year.
  • February 14 – The Calgary Flames visit Glendale on Valentine’s Day.
  • April 11 – The Anaheim Ducks come to town for the regular season finale and Fan Appreciation Night.
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