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by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

GLENDALE, ARIZONA -- Phoenix Coyotes President and Chief Operating Officer Douglas Moss announced today the Coyotes’ schedule for the 2009-10 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 2009-10.

The Coyotes will open the regular season with a three-game road trip beginning Saturday, Oct. 3 when they play at the Los Angeles Kings. After road games against the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins (Oct. 7) and the Buffalo Sabres (Oct. 8), the Coyotes will host the Columbus Blue Jackets at Arena on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. for the club’s Home Opener. The month of October is also highlighted by visits from the Boston Bruins on Saturday, Oct. 17 and the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday, Oct. 22.

This season, all Saturday home games will start at 6 p.m., with the exception of a Dec. 5 matchup with the Ottawa Senators (8 p.m.) and a Apr. 3 meeting with the Edmonton Oilers (7 p.m.) The start time for all week day home games will be 7 p.m. with just four exceptions, including a New Year’s Eve contest with the San Jose Sharks (5 p.m.) and a 5 p.m. face off with the Buffalo Sabres on Monday, Jan. 18 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Also this season, there will be a two-week break in the schedule from Feb. 14 to Mar. 1 for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in lieu of an All-Star break. Because NHL players will participate in the Olympics, there will not be an NHL All-Star Game this season.

SCHEDULE BREAKDOWN - Click here for 2009-2010 Schedule (Subject to Change)

For the second straight season, the NHL’s scheduling format will see the Coyotes 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 New York Rangers, Buffalo Sabres and Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Coyotes’ longest home stand in 2009-10 is six games (Jan. 9 to Jan. 21) and will see the New York Islanders, San Jose Sharks, New Jersey Devils, Minnesota Wild, Buffalo Sabres and Nashville Predators visit Arena. Phoenix will also have three separate four-game road trips (Dec. 14-19; Jan. 31-Feb. 6; March 13-18), their longest of the season. The month of March will also see Phoenix play nine road games in an 11-game stretch.

Of the Coyotes’ 41 home games this season, 18 contests will be played on Saturdays and 10 games will be played on Thursdays. They will also host six Monday games, three Tuesday games, three Wednesday games and one Friday game.

The Coyotes’ eight-game preseason schedule includes back-to-back games against the Tampa Bay Lightning as the clubs will meet in Everett, Wash. on Sept. 22 and in Loveland, Colo. on Sept. 23. The Coyotes will host Los Angeles, Anaheim and San Jose at Arena during the preseason.


To guarantee the best seats for the Coyotes hockey season, fans are encouraged to get their season tickets now. Phoenix Coyotes full season ticket packages for the 2009-10 season are available starting at only $396 per seat and feature key benefits such as preferred parking and an exclusive invitation to a “Meet the Team” event. The Coyotes are also introducing a brand new 11-game ticket package for the upcoming year called the 11-Game Pick ‘em Plan which provides fans the opportunity to choose the games they want to see. With the 11-Game Pick ‘em Plan, fans will receive a significant discount off of game day prices. The Coyotes are also offering a 20-Game package and a 5-Game Pick ‘em Plan that each offer great savings. Click here or call 480-563-PUCK (7825) for more details.

HOME DATES TO REMEMBER - Click here for 2009-2010 Schedule (Subject to Change)
  • October 10 – Home opener at Arena versus the Columbus Blue Jackets.
  • October 17 – The Boston Bruins, an Original Six franchise, visit Arena.
  • October 22 – The Detroit Red Wings, last season’s Western Conference Champions, make their first of two regular season visits to Glendale.
  • October 31 – The Coyotes host the Anaheim Ducks in a Halloween matchup.
  • November 5 – Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa and the Chicago Blackhawks make their first trip of the season to Arena.
  • November 12 – The Montreal Canadiens, one of the most storied franchises in pro sports, pay the Coyotes a visit.
  • November 21 – The Coyotes welcome the Philadelphia Flyers to Glendale for the first time since 2007.
  • December 5 – Phoenix hosts the Ottawa Senators in a Saturday night matchup.
  • December 31 – The Coyotes celebrate New Year’s Eve by hosting the San Jose Sharks.
  • January 2– In their first game of 2010, the Coyotes host the Detroit Red Wings for the second and final time of the regular season
  • January 9 – Top draft choice John Tavares leads the New York Islanders into Glendale for a Saturday evening contest
  • January 18 – The Buffalo Sabres come to town for a 5 p.m. face-off on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
  • January 30 – The New York Rangers make their way to Arena for the first time since October of 2006.
  • February 13 – The Coyotes host the Dallas Stars in the final game before the two-week Olympic Break.
  • March 20 – Phoenix hosts the Chicago Blackhawks for the second and final time of the regular season.
  • April 7 – The Nashville Predators come to town for the regular season home finale.
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