The NHL has announced the regular season schedule, and we’re not exactly happy about it.
Follow us past the jump. We’ve got the whole schedule, our complaints, and then the first EFF YEAH moment of the ’10-’11 season waiting for you.
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October Fri., Oct. 8 at Atlanta 7:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 9 New Jersey 7 p.m. Mon., Oct. 11 Ottawa 7 p.m. Wed., Oct. 13 N.Y. Islanders 7 p.m. Sat., Oct. 16 at Nashville 8 p.m. Tues., Oct. 19 Boston 7 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 21 at Boston 7 p.m. Sat., Oct. 23 Atlanta 7 p.m. Wed., Oct. 27 at Carolina 7 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 28 at Minnesota 8 p.m. Sat., Oct. 30 at Calgary 10 p.m. November Wed., Nov. 3 Toronto 7 p.m. Fri., Nov. 5 Boston 7 p.m. Sun., Nov. 7 Philadelphia 5 p.m. Tues., Nov. 9 at N.Y. Rangers 7 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 11 Tampa Bay 7 p.m. Sat., Nov. 13 at Buffalo 7 p.m. Sun., Nov. 14 Atlanta 5 p.m. Wed., Nov. 17 Buffalo 7 p.m. Fri., Nov. 19 at Atlanta 7:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 20 Philadelphia 7 p.m. Mon., Nov. 22 at New Jersey 7 p.m. Wed., Nov. 24 at Carolina 7 p.m. Fri., Nov. 26 Tampa Bay 5 p.m. Sun., Nov. 28 Carolina 5 p.m. December Wed., Dec. 1 at St. Louis 8 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 2 at Dallas 8:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 4 Atlanta 7 p.m. Mon., Dec. 6 Toronto 7 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 9 Florida 7 p.m. Sat., Dec. 11 Colorado 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 12 at N.Y. Rangers 7 p.m. Wed., Dec. 15 Anaheim 7 p.m. Sat., Dec. 18 at Boston 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 19 at Ottawa 5 p.m. Tues., Dec. 21 New Jersey 7 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 23 Pittsburgh 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 26 at Carolina 7 p.m. Tues., Dec. 28 Montreal 7 p.m. January Sat., Jan. 1 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Pittsburgh 1 p.m. Tues., Jan. 4 Tampa Bay 7 p.m. Sat., Jan. 8 Florida 7 p.m. Tues., Jan. 11 at Florida 7:30 p.m. Wed., Jan. 12 at Tampa Bay 7:30 p.m. Fri., Jan. 14 Vancouver 7 p.m. Sun., Jan. 16 Ottawa 3 p.m. Tues., Jan. 18 at Philadelphia 7 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 20 at N.Y. Islanders 7 p.m. Sat., Jan. 22 at Toronto 7 p.m. Mon., Jan. 24 N.Y. Rangers 7 p.m. Wed., Jan. 26 at Atlanta 7 p.m. Sun., Jan. 30 2011 NHL All-Star Game February Tues., Feb. 1 Montreal 7 p.m. Fri., Feb. 4 at Tampa Bay 7:30 p.m. Sun., Feb. 6 Pittsburgh 12:30 p.m. Tues., Feb. 8 San Jose 7 p.m. Sat., Feb. 12 Los Angeles 12:30 p.m. Mon., Feb. 14 at Phoenix 10 p.m. Wed., Feb. 16 at Anaheim 10 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 17 at San Jose 10:30 p.m. Sun., Feb. 20 at Buffalo 3 p.m. Mon., Feb. 21 at Pittsburgh 7 p.m. Fri., Feb. 25 N.Y. Rangers 7 p.m. Sat., Feb. 26 at N.Y. Islanders 7 p.m. March Tues., March 1 N.Y. Islanders 7 p.m. Thurs., March 3 St. Louis 7 p.m. Sun., March 6 at Florida 7 p.m. Mon., March 7 at Tampa Bay 7:30 p.m. Wed., March 9 Edmonton 7 p.m. Fri., March 11 Carolina 7 p.m. Sun., March 13 Chicago 12:30 p.m. Tues., March 15 at Montreal 7:30 p.m. Wed., March 16 at Detroit 7 p.m. Fri., March 18 at New Jersey 7 p.m. Tues., March 22 at Philadelphia 7 p.m. Fri., March 25 at Ottawa 7:30 p.m. Sat., March 26 at Montreal 7 p.m. Tues., March 29 Carolina 7 p.m. Thurs., March 31 Columbus 7 p.m. April Sat., April 2 Buffalo 7 p.m. Tues., April 5 at Toronto 7 p.m. Wed., April 6 Florida 7 p.m. Sat., April 9 at Florida 7 p.m.
We’re totally screwed!
Check out that six-game roadtrip in March. Habs, Wings, Devils, Flyers, Sens, and then the Habs again! That’s fifteen days on the road between Canada, the midwest, Jersey, and then back to Canada– with tough competition!
February? Pens, Sharks, Kings, Coyotes, Ducks, Sharks, Sabres in a 15-day span. Not much easier.
On the flip side, the Caps have what looks like friendly end to their season coming. No loafing, boys. You know how that’s burned us in the past.
Twice this season the Caps will play the Panthers in back-to-back games– each time jumping from home to away or vice versa.
The Caps will meet their rivals, The Pittsburgh Penguins, for the first time on December 23rd. And then a whopping eight days later for the Winter Classic. Way to build up the suspense, guys.
Whatever. We could consider everything until April 10th a preamble to the playoffs, but that’s not fair. We’ve got a tough schedule of 82 games designed to wear the Caps down. It’s a challenge: a gauntlet thrown down by the National Hockey League itself.
Bring it on.
What do you think of the schedule? Did we miss anything? Sound off below.
[Ed. note – Additional reporting by Stevie K., whose password is “password”.]
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