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WBS Penguins Release 2011-12 Regular Season Schedule

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
WILKES-BARRE, PA – The 13th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey begins on Saturday, October 8 when the team battles the Hershey Bears at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.  The entire 2011-12 American Hockey League schedule was released on Thursday.

The Penguins will open the campaign at home for the 12th consecutive season.  The inaugural 1999-2000 season was the last time that the team began play on the road.
Due to the new schedule format in 2011-12, the Penguins will play a 76-game unbalanced schedule.  They will take on all teams in the Eastern Conference and will play the majority of games against the East Division, a total of 40 times (20 home/20 road) during the regular season.  The Penguins will also battle teams in the newly-formed Northeast Division 18 times (nine home/nine road), the Atlantic Division 16 times (eight home/eight road), and one North Division opponent twice (one home/one road).  The Penguins will not face a Midwest or West Division team this season, and overall, the Penguins will meet 15 of 29 AHL opponents.
Highlighting the schedule will be the return of AHL hockey in Newfoundland, as the Penguins visit the St. John’s IceCaps for a pair of weekend games on January 14-15.  The IceCaps will be in Wilkes-Barre Township twice during March, marking the first visits by St. John’s since the opening of the 2002-03 season.
The Penguins will first face the defending Calder Cup Champion Binghamton Senators in northeastern Pennsylvania on Saturday, October 15, the beginning of a ten-game regular-season series against the I-81 rivals.
Prior to ringing in the year 2012, the Penguins will host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers for a special 5:05 pm faceoff on Saturday, December 31.  The Sound Tigers will also welcome the Penguins in the regular-season finale on Sunday, April 15.
The majority of Penguins home games (28 of 38) will be played on weekend nights and afternoons.  The longest scheduled home-stand at Mohegan Sun Arena is five games (March 17-25), while the team’s longest stretch of games away from home will be four games (October 21-29 and March 9-14).
The puck drops on all Penguins home games at 7:05 pm, except New Year’s Eve and on Sundays.  For the third consecutive season, the puck will drop on Sunday home games at 3:05 pm. The lone exception is on October 9, when the Penguins host the Connecticut Whale at 5:05 pm.
Season tickets for the Penguins’ 13th season in the American Hockey League are on sale now, and available by calling 570-208-PENS.  Information on individual ticket sales will be released at a later date.

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