2010-2011 Schedule is Out

The painful 2010 playoffs are getting farther and farther away. Time heals many wounds, and there’s no better way than to start things fresh. With that, a new season is approaching, and is only 3 1/2 months away. The schedule came out today, so let’s go over some quick highlights:

Season Opener: 10/7/10 – In Pittsburgh, where we get a chance to spoil the party as Malkin and the rest of the flightless birds open their new building.

Home Opener: 10/11/10 – Colorado comes to town to witness the raising of the Eastern Conference Champions banner, among other festivities.

10/21/10 – The Anaheim Ducks come to Broad Street, in a match-up of the two teams that head lead the league in fighting majors for the past two seasons.

1/23/11 – The Flyers head to Chicago for the only regular season meeting with the defending champion Blackhawks. Let’s hope it’s not the only time these teams meet this season.

4/9/11 – The New York Islanders visit for the season finale, hopefully with the Flyers not needing a shootout to clinch a playoff spot.

There’s a ton of stars throughout the league that post intriguing match-ups, and there will be plenty of games where sparks fly and something amazing happens. Those are a bit hard to predict at this point. But, what we can predict is that success against teams in your own division plays a large part in determining your playoff position.

New Jersey Devils

  • 11/27/10 – @ NJ
  • 12/4/10 – vs NJ
  • 1/6/11 – @ NJ
  • 1/8/11 – vs NJ
  • 1/22/11 – vs NJ
  • 4/1/11 @ NJ

New York Rangers

  • 11/4/10 – vs NYR
  • 12/18/10 – vs NYR
  • 1/16/11 – @ NYR
  • 2/20/11 – @ NYR
  • 3/6/11 – @ NYR
  • 4/3/11 – vs NYR

Pittsburg Penguins

  • 10/7/10 @ PIT
  • 10/16/10 – vs PIT
  • 10/29/10 – @ PIT
  • 12/14/10 – vs PIT
  • 3/24/11 vs PIT
  • 3/29/11 – @ PIT

New York Islanders

  • 10/30/10 – vs NYI
  • 11/6/10 – @ NYI
  • 12/5/10 – @ NYI
  • 2/24/11 – vs NYI
  • 3/26/11 – @ NYI
  • 4/9/11 – vs NYI

There’s still a lot of time before the first puck drop, so the rest of this week will be pretty draft oriented. After the draft, I’ll finally get to a review of players from last season, talk about free agents, and a few other topics.

Also, I never really mentioned the Ryan Parent for Dan Hamhuis trade. Like everyone else, I think this is a steal. Even if Hamhuis doesn’t put the puck in the net, he’ll be better than Parent ever was.  From what I’ve heard, he can eat minutes, giving Pronger and Timonen some time to relax a bit. I don’t don’t think he’ll turn the puck over or get crushed into the boards every time he goes into the corners like Parent did. Technically, we only acquired his rights because he’s a restricted free agent, but let’s hope he gets signed.

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