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MONARCHS ANNOUNCE 2007-08 SCHEDULE

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
MANCHESTER, NH – The Manchester Monarchs, the primary affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Los Angeles Kings, will open the 2007-08 season at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Saturday, Oct. 6, the AHL and the Monarchs announced on Tuesday.

The Monarchs will open their seventh AHL season against the Providence Bruins at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 7:05 p.m., followed by their first road game of the season against the Springfield Falcons at the MassMutual Center on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 4 p.m. The Monarchs will host the Worcester Sharks in their traditional New Years Eve celebration on Monday, Dec. 31 at 6:05 p.m.

The Monarchs 80-game schedule includes 40 games at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester. The Monarchs will meet all 13 of their Eastern Conference rivals as well as four Western Conference foes during the 2007-08 season. Fifty-six of the Monarchs 80 games will be played against teams in the Atlantic Division, which includes the Hartford Wolf Pack, the Lowell Devils, the Portland Pirates, the Falcons, the Sharks and the Bruins. The Monarchs will play Lowell, Portland, Springfield and Worcester 10 times (five home and five road) and Hartford and Providence eight times (four home and four road games).

The Monarchs will also face seven teams in the Eastern Conference’s East Division, the Albany River Rats, the Binghamton Senators, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the Hershey Bears, the Norfolk Admirals, the Philadelphia Phantoms and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The Monarchs will play Norfolk four times (two home and two road games) and Albany, Binghamton, Bridgeport, Hershey, Philadelphia and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton twice (one home and one road game).

Manchester’s Western Conference opponents include the Rochester Americans from the North Division and the Chicago Wolves, the Milwaukee Admirals and the Rockford IceHogs from the West Division. The Monarchs will play Chicago, Milwaukee, Rochester and Rockford each twice (one home and one road game).

The Monarchs will face the Wolves, Admirals and IceHogs for the first time in franchise history.

In addition, Manchester has moved all start times for home games on Friday and Saturday from 7:35 p.m. to 7:05 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, all games Monday through Thursday will remain at 7:05 p.m. and Sunday games will continue to have the puck dropped at 4:05 p.m.

Manchester Monarchs 2007-08 Regular Season Schedule

OCTOBER (5H-3A)
Sat. Oct. 6 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Providence
Sun. Oct. 7 at 4:00 p.m. @ Springfield
Fri. Oct. 12 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Hartford
Sat. Oct. 13 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Springfield
Fri. Oct. 19 at 7:00 p.m. @ Albany
Sat. Oct. 20 at 7:05 p.m. @ Portland
Fri. Oct. 26 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Lowell
Sat. Oct. 27 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Portland

NOVEMBER (7H-5A)
Fri. Nov. 2 at 7:05 p.m. @ Lowell
Sat. Nov. 3 at 7:00 p.m. @ Springfield
Sun. Nov. 4 at 4:05 p.m. vs. Hartford
Fri. Nov. 9 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Hartford
Sat. Nov. 10 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Lowell
Fri. Nov. 16 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Portland
Sat. Nov. 17 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Springfield
Wed. Nov. 21 at 7:00 p.m. @ Springfield
Fri. Nov. 23 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Worcester
Sat. Nov. 24 at 7:05 p.m. @ Portland
Sun. Nov. 25 at 4:05 p.m. @ Providence
Fri. Nov. 30 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Rochester

DECEMBER (7H-7A)
Sat. Dec. 1 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Rockford
Sun. Dec. 2 at 4:05 p.m. @ Lowell
Fri. Dec. 7 at 7:05 p.m. @ Worcester
Sat. Dec. 8 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Chicago
Fri. Dec. 14 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Portland
Sat. Dec. 15 at 7:00 p.m. @ Hartford
Sun. Dec. 16 at 4:05 p.m. vs. Worcester
Tue. Dec. 18 at 7:05 p.m. @ Portland
Fri. Dec. 21 at 7:05 p.m. @ WB/Scranton
Sat. Dec. 22 at 7:00 p.m. @ Bridgeport
Thur. Dec. 27 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Portland
Sat. Dec. 29 at 7:05 p.m. @ Worcester
Sun. Dec. 30 at 4:05 p.m. vs. Hartford
Mon. Dec. 31 at 6:05 p.m. vs. Worcester

JANUARY (5H-7A)
Fri. Jan. 4 at 7:05 p.m. @ Worcester
Sat. Jan. 5 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Binghamton
Wed. Jan. 9 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Albany
Fri. Jan. 11 at 7:35 p.m. @ Rochester
Sat. Jan. 12 at 7:05 p.m. @ Binghamton
Sun. Jan. 13 at 5:05 p.m. @ Philadelphia
Wed. Jan. 16 at 7:05 p.m. @ Rockford
Fri. Jan. 18 at 7:00 p.m. @ Milwaukee
Sat. Jan. 19 at 7:00 p.m. @ Chicago
Wed. Jan. 23 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Worcester
Fri. Jan. 25 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Lowell
Sat. Jan. 26 at 7:05 p.m. vs. WB/Scranton

FEBRUARY (6H-7A)
Fri. Feb. 1 at 7:05 p.m. @ Portland
Sat. Feb. 2 at 7:05 p.m. @ Worcester
Tue. Feb. 5 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Milwaukee
Wed. Feb. 6 at 7:00 p.m. @ Hartford
Sat. Feb. 9 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Philadelphia
Wed. Feb. 13 at 7:05 p.m. @ Providence
Fri. Feb. 15 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Lowell
Sat. Feb. 16 at 2:05 p.m. @ Lowell
Mon. Feb. 18 at 1:00 p.m. @ Springfield
Fri. Feb. 22 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Norfolk
Sat. Feb. 23 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Norfolk
Tue. Feb. 26 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Lowell
Fri. Feb. 29 at 7:05 p.m. @ Worcester

MARCH (7H-8A)
Sat. Mar. 1 at 7:00 p.m. @ Hartford
Sun. Mar. 2 at 4:05 p.m. vs. Springfield
Fri. Mar. 7 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Hershey
Sat. Mar. 8 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Providence
Wed. Mar. 12 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Springfield
Fri. Mar. 14 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Providence
Sat. Mar. 15 at 7:00 p.m. @ Hartford
Sun. Mar. 16 at 4:05 p.m. @ Lowell
Wed. Mar. 19 at 7:00 p.m. @ Springfield
Sat. Mar. 22 at 7:05 p.m. @ Portland
Sun. Mar. 23 at 4:05 p.m. vs. Springfield
Wed. Mar. 26 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Portland
Fri. Mar. 28 at 7:15 p.m. @ Norfolk
Sat. Mar. 29 at 7:15 p.m. @ Norfolk
Sun. Mar. 30 at 5:00 p.m. @ Hershey

APRIL (3H-3A)
Wed. Apr. 2 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Bridgeport
Fri. Apr. 4 at 7:05 p.m. @ Lowell
Sat. Apr. 5 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Worcester
Sun. Apr. 6 at 4:05 p.m. @ Providence
Fri. Apr. 11 at 7:05 p.m. @ Providence
Sat. Apr. 12 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Providence

All times Eastern. All dates and times are subject to change

2007-08 Schedule Notes

  Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat. Sun.
Home 1 2 5 1 12 14 5
Road 1 1 5 0 12 14 7
  Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr.
Home 5 7 7 5 6 7 3
Road 3 5 7 7 7 8 3

Number of games by Conference/Division

Eastern Conference: Atlantic Division (56 Games)
Hartford Wolf Pack: 8 (4 home, 4 away)
Lowell Devils: 10 (5 home, 5 away)
Portland Pirates: 10 (5 home, 5 away)
Providence Bruins: 8 (4 home, 4 away)
Springfield Falcons: 10 (5 home, 5 away)
Worcester Sharks: 10 (5 home, 5 away)

Eastern Conference: East Division (16 Games)
Albany River Rats: 2 (1 home, 1 away)
Binghamton Senators: 2 (1 home, 1 away)
Bridgeport Sound Tigers: 2 (1 home, 1 away)
Hershey Bears: 2 (1 home, 1 away)
Norfolk Admirals: 4 (2 home, 2 away)
Philadelphia Phantoms: 2 (1 home, 1 away)
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins: 2 (1 home, 1 away)

Western Conference: North Division (2 Games)
Grand Rapid Griffins: 0
Hamilton Bulldogs: 0
Lake Erie Monsters: 0
Manitoba Moose: 0
Rochester Americans: 2 (1 home, 1 away)
Syracuse Crunch: 0
Toronto Marlies: 0

Western Conference: West Division (6 Games)
Chicago Wolves: 2 (1 home, 1 away)
Houston Aeros: 0
Iowa Stars: 0
Milwaukee Admirals: 2 (1 home, 1 away)
Peoria Rivermen: 0
Quad City Flames: 0
Rockford IceHogs: 2 (1 home, 1 away)
San Antonio Rampage: 0

Longest Homestands: Five Games: Nov. 4-17 (Hartford-twice, Lowell, Portland and Springfield over 14 days) and March 3-14 (Springfield-twice, Hershey and Providence-twice over 13 days).

Longest Road Trip:
Six Games: Jan. 11-19 (Rochester, Binghamton, Philadelphia, Rockford, Milwaukee and Chicago over nine days).

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