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Stars Announce 2009-10 Season Schedule

by Dallas Stars Staff / Dallas Stars

FRISCO, Tex. – The Dallas Stars will open the 2009-2010 National Hockey League regular season schedule at American Airlines Center vs. their Western Conference rival Nashville Predators on Saturday, October 3 (7 p.m.). The Stars will once again host nine of the 15 Eastern Conference clubs, and will ring in the New Year against the Anaheim Ducks on New Year’s Eve at American Airlines Center (7 p.m.). The Stars’ television schedule will be released later this summer.



The Stars are scheduled to play 82 games during the 2009-10 campaign, with 41 contests at home and 41 on the road. The home schedule features 19 weekend contests (seven Friday, nine Saturday, three Sunday). The Stars will host six Saturday matinees: Dec. 5 vs. Edmonton (1 p.m.), Dec. 19 vs. Detroit (2 p.m.), Jan. 2 vs. Vancouver (1 p.m.), Jan. 16 vs. Detroit (1 p.m.), Feb. 6 vs. Phoenix (5 p.m.) and Mar. 20 vs. Ottawa (1 p.m.). The Stars will also host a Sunday afternoon game on Jan. 31 vs. Phoenix (5 p.m.). The busiest home weeknight for the Stars is Wednesday (seven times). 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 eight Eastern Conference teams that the Stars will host are: Boston, Toronto, Florida, New Jersey, Carolina, Tampa Bay, NY Islanders, Philadelphia and Ottawa.

The Stars’ longest home stand this season will be a six-game stretch from Mar. 12-21, which coincides with Spring Break in North Texas (Los Angeles, Colorado, San Jose, Philadelphia, Ottawa and Phoenix). The club also has two four-game home stands, from Nov. 19-25 (Columbus, New Jersey, Carolina, St. Louis) as well as Jan. 27 to Feb. 2 (Calgary, Colorado, Chicago, Minnesota). Dallas’ longest road trip is a five-game swing from Dec. 8-17 (Anaheim, San Jose, Los Angeles, Carolina, Atlanta). The entire National Hockey League will take a break for the XXI Winter Olympics in Vancouver from Feb. 14-28.

Notable games at American Airlines Center this season include: home opener versus Nashville (Oct. 3); Tim Thomas, Zdeno Chara and the Boston Bruins (Oct. 16); the Toronto Maple Leafs (Oct. 28); four games during the week of Thanksgiving (Nov. 21 vs. New Jersey; Nov. 23 vs. Carolina; Nov. 25 vs. St. Louis; Nov. 28 vs. Tampa Bay); and Chris Pronger and the Philadephia Flyers (Mar. 18). The Stars will host six games during the holiday season (Dec. 19 vs. Detroit; Dec. 21 vs. San Jose; Dec. 23 vs. Columbus; Dec. 29 vs. Chicago; New Year’s Eve vs. the Anaheim Ducks – the 12th consecutive season for the Stars to play at home on Dec. 31 – and Jan. 2 vs. Vancouver).

Dallas Stars Season Seats are on sale now. Full and split season plans are available, as well as 6 and 10-game packages that allow fans to choose the games they want to attend. Individual game tickets will go on-sale in September. Fans can call 214-GO-STARS or visit DallasStars.com for more information. Fans can call 214-GO-STARS for more information or click here.

STARS SCHEDULE NOTES

Home Games by Day: Mon. – 4, Tues. – 5, Wed. – 7, Thurs. – 6, Fri. – 7, Sat. – 9, Sun – 3
Road Games by Day: Mon. – 3, Tues. – 6, Wed. – 5, Thurs. – 8, Fri. – 4, Sat. – 12, Sun – 3

Home Games by Month: Oct. – 6, Nov. – 7, Dec. – 7, Jan. – 7, Feb. – 2, Mar. – 9, Apr. - 3
Road Games by Month: Oct. – 8, Nov. – 6, Dec. – 6, Jan. – 8, Feb. – 4, Mar. – 7, Apr. - 2 

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-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.

Stars’ Visits to Road Cities (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.

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:                                                                           13
Back-to-back at home:                                                 1   
Back-to-back on road:                                                 6   
Home game followed by road game next day:       4
Road game followed by home game next day:     2      

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