2008-09 Red Wings Schedule news
Posted July 16, 2008 - 02:29 PM
The season will open in Detroit on October 9 as the Red Wings raise their Stanley Cup Championship banner while hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs.
As previously noted, another matchup between Original Six rivals will occur when the Red Wings visit Wrigley Field for the Winter Classic II against the Chicago Blackhawks.
As part of the new league scheduling formula, the Red Wings will play every team in the league this season, including a home-and-home series with three Eastern Conference teams. This year, those teams will be the Pittsburgh Penguins, Buffalo Sabres, and Atlanta Thrashers.
Posted July 16, 2008 - 04:40 PM
Posted July 16, 2008 - 10:53 PM
Different but not by that much. There's still only one game for the Wings against each of the Maple Leafs, Canadiens, Bruins and Rangers. That's just wrong.
Awe-some! So, the schedules are different from the crappy ones last year? That makes me feel better.
Though combined with the preseason schedule, the Wings do play Toronto three times in a week.
Posted July 17, 2008 - 01:29 PM
I've said before that I don't like the Wings having to give up both their traditional New Years Eve game and the ability to host their own outdoor game to take part in Chicago's Winter Classic so I'll ignore that and rant about a few other things.
Remember how the new schedule was going to allow Detroit to play a home-and-home with three Eastern Conference teams? Turns out that wasn't quite true. They play the Penguins, Sabres and Thrashers both at home and on the road but none of those game are back to back.
There are only three home-and-homes all season. One against the Edmonton Oilers and two against the Chicago Blackhawks (one includes the Winter Classic and the other ends the season). In all three of those series' the Detroit game is the first game.
The Red Wings play on back-to-back nights fourteen times this season. Every single time includes travel between games, unless you don't count the trip between Anaheim and Los Angeles that makes up two of those sets. Either way, at no point in the season do the Wings play two nights in a row waiting for their opponent to come to them.
Detroit has a five-game road trip in late-October/early-November and a six-game trip (split by the All-Star Game) in January. Their longest homestand? Four games (twice in December and again in late-March/early-April).
I'm not saying other teams don't have it worse (the Blackhawks play on back-to-back nights with travel 15 times this season) but this just can't be the best schedule possible.
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