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Stars’ 2010-2011 Schedule Announced

by Staff Writer / Dallas Stars


The Dallas Stars will open the 2010-2011 National Hockey League regular season schedule on the road at the New Jersey Devils on Friday, October 8. The home opener is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 14 vs. the long-time Western Conference rival Detroit Red Wings.

The Stars will once again host nine of the 15 Eastern Conference clubs, and will ring in the New Year against the Vancouver Canucks at the traditional New Year’s Eve game at American Airlines Center.


A Closer Look at the Stars’ Home Slate

One can break down the Stars’ home schedule in several ways. Many fans like to purchase six or ten-game plans to catch the very best games of the season.

With that in mind, here are some suggestions; a look at some of the top games month-by-month.

October
Picks to Click for the Month:
Oct. 14 vs. Detroit – The home opener vs. the hated Red Wings. It doesn’t get any better than this.
Oct. 30 vs. Buffalo – Come see USA goalie Ryan Miller and the very talented Sabres. Be sure to come dressed in your favorite Halloween costume!
Underrated Game:
Oct. 28 vs. Los Angeles – Drew Doughty, Ryan Smyth and the Kings might challenge for the Pacific Division this season. And every game vs. LA has twists and turns.

November
Picks to Click for the Month:
Nov. 3 vs. Pittsburgh – Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Co. Need we say more?
Nov. 26 vs. St. Louis – The day after Thanksgiving; always a fan-favorite. Blues and Stars on the front end of a home-and-home.
Underrated Game:
Nov. 5 vs. Phoenix – Upstart Coyotes were one of the league’s biggest surprises last season.

December
Picks to Click for the Month:
Dec. 2 vs. Washington – Alexander Ovechkin and the Caps won the Presidents’ Trophy last year.
Dec. 31 vs. Vancouver – Sedin twins and Roberto Luongo always are a treat to watch. New Year’s Eve is always a big game where the unexpected happens (hat tricks, shutouts, milestones all seem to come around on this stage).
Underrated Game:
Dec. 21 vs. Montreal – Last year’s surprise contender in the East comes to Dallas for the first time in two years. Plus holiday games are always fun.

January
Picks to Click for the Month:
Jan. 7 vs. NY Rangers – The Blueshirts come to Dallas for the first time since Sean Avery re-joined them.
Jan. 15 vs. Atlanta – Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen faces his former team for the first time.
Underrated Game:
Jan. 26 vs. Edmonton – Edmonton is rumored to be movers and shakers in both the trade and free agent market this summer. This will be an interesting squad to watch.

February
Picks to Click for the Month:
Feb. 11 vs. Chicago – Stanley Cup Champs come to Dallas for their first trip of the year.
Feb. 22 vs. New Jersey – Could this be the last time you get to see Martin Brodeur? Former Star Jason Arnott has returned to the Devils.
Underrated Game:
Feb. 26 vs. Nashville – Another team that is rumored to be very active in the next few weeks. The Preds look to build on a very successful 2009-10.

March/April
Picks to Click for the Month(s):
Mar. 15 vs. San Jose – Are you kidding? It’s Stars-Sharks and it’s spring break! Of course this will be a great game!
Mar. 19 vs. Philadelphia – Chris Pronger and the East Champs visit on a Saturday night. Playoff seeding will be on the line.
Underrated Game:
Apr. 7 vs. Colorado – Fan appreciation night at the Stars’ final home game of the regular season.


Stars Full Season Seats are on sale right now but mini plans are coming soon! You can pick the games you want to see! Call 214 GO STARS and talk with a Stars sales rep now to get full information how you can pick your own games and custom-build your own package!


The entire 82-game Schedule

The Stars are scheduled to play 82 games during the 2010-11 campaign, with 41 contests at home and 41 on the road. The home schedule features 18 weekend contests (seven Friday, eight Saturday, three Sunday). The Stars will play two home and home sets this season: facing St. Louis Nov. 26 at American Airlines Center and traveling to St. Louis to face the Blues the next night and the Stars will play the Avalanche in Dallas Apr. 7 and travel to Colorado to battle the Avalanche in Denver the next night, Apr. 8. The Stars will host two weekend matinees: Saturday, Feb. 26 vs. Nashville and Sunday Mar. 13 vs. Los Angeles. The busiest home weeknight for the Stars is Thursday (eight games). Most week-night games at American Airlines Center will begin at 7:30 p.m., while most week-end games will begin at 7 p.m.

The NHL schedule remains heavily-structured around conference play, especially against the team’s respective division. Dallas plays in the NHL’s Pacific Division of the Western Conference, and will play 24 divisional games against rivals Anaheim, Los Angeles, Phoenix and San Jose (six times each -- three at home, three away).

The Stars will play a total of 40 games against non-division Western Conference foes in the Central Division (Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Nashville and St. Louis) and the Northwest Division (Calgary, Colorado, Edmonton, Minnesota and Vancouver), with four games against each opponent (twice at home, twice away).

Dallas will play a total of 18 games against Eastern Conference opponents, skating against all 15 Eastern teams once and facing off against three Eastern clubs (Carolina, New Jersey, Philadelphia) both home and away. The nine Eastern Conference teams that the Stars will host at American Airlines Center are: Atlanta, Buffalo, Carolina, Montreal, New Jersey, New York Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Washington.

The Stars’ longest home stand this season will be a seven-game stretch from Mar. 9-23, which coincides with Spring Break in North Texas (Calgary, Minnesota, Los Angeles, San Jose, Chicago, Philadelphia and Anaheim). The club also has a six-game home stand, from Oct. 23 to Nov. 5 (Nashville, Anaheim, Los Angeles, Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Phoenix). Dallas’ longest road trip is a five-game trip from March 26 – April 3(Nashville, Phoenix, San Jose, Los Angeles and Anaheim.)

Notable games at American Airlines Center this season include: home opener versus Detroit (Oct. 14); Ryan Miller and the Buffalo Sabres (Oct. 30); Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and the Pittsburgh Penguins (Nov. 3); the St. Louis Blues the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 26); Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals (Dec. 2); the Montreal Canadiens (Dec. 21); the New York Rangers (Jan. 7); Martin Brodeur, Zach Parise and the New Jersey Devils (Feb. 22), and Chris Pronger and the Philadelphia Flyers (Mar. 19). Dallas will face the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks on Feb. 11 and Mar. 17 at American Airlines Center. The Stars will host six games during the holiday season (Dec. 16 vs. San Jose; Dec. 21 vs. Montreal; Dec. 23 vs. Calgary; Dec. 26 vs. Phoenix; Dec. 29 vs. Detroit and New Year’s Eve vs. the Vancouver Canucks – the 13th consecutive season for the Stars to play at home on Dec. 31.

The Stars’ television schedule will be released later this summer.


STARS SCHEDULE NOTES

Home Games by Day: Mon. – 1, Tues. – 8, Wed. – 6, Thurs. – 8, Fri. – 7, Sat. – 8, Sun – 3
Road Games by Day: Mon. – 7, Tues. – 4, Wed. – 4, Thurs. – 6, Fri. – 5, Sat. – 10, Sun – 5

Home Games by Month: Oct. – 6, Nov. – 6, Dec. – 9, Jan. – 5, Feb. – 6, Mar. – 7, Apr. - 2
Road Games by Month: Oct. – 4, Nov. – 7, Dec. – 7, Jan. – 6, Feb. – 6, Mar. – 7, Apr. - 4

Games by Conference/Division:
Western Conference (64) - Pacific Division (24)   Northwest Division (20) Central Division (20)
Eastern Conference (18) - Southeast Division (6) Atlantic Division (7)   Northeast Division (5)
Opponents’ Visits to Dallas (41): Atlanta-1, Anaheim-3, Boston-0, Buffalo-1, Calgary-2, Carolina-1, Chicago-2, Colorado-2, Columbus-2, Detroit-2, Edmonton-2, Florida-0, Los Angeles-3, Minnesota-2, Montreal-1, Nashville-2, New Jersey-1, NY Islanders-0, NY Rangers-1, Ottawa-0, Philadelphia-1, Phoenix-3, Pittsburgh-1, St. Louis-2, San Jose-3, Tampa Bay-0, Toronto-0, Vancouver-2, Washington-1.

Stars’ Visits to Road Cities (41):
Atlanta-0, Anaheim-3, Boston-1, Buffalo-0, Calgary-2, Carolina-1, Chicago-2, Colorado-2, Columbus-2, Detroit-2, Edmonton-2, Florida-1, Los Angeles-3, Minnesota-2, Montreal-0, Nashville-2, New Jersey-1, NY Islanders-1, NY Rangers-0, Ottawa-1, Philadelphia-1, Phoenix-3, Pittsburgh-0, St. Louis-2, San Jose-3, Tampa Bay-1, Toronto-1, Vancouver-2, Washington-0.

1st Half/2nd Half:
The Stars will play 21 of their first 41 games at home, while finishing the second half with 20 of the final 41 games at home.

Back-to-Back Series:
Overall:    12    
Back-to-back at home:    0    Road game followed by home game next day:    1
Back-to-back on road:    7    Home game followed by road game next day:    4






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