We are just a day away from the releasing of the 2009-2010 NHL Schedule. Some of the big events will include the 2010 Winter Olympic Tournament which will be taking place in Feb. and the announcement of the 2010 NHL Winter Classic which has been confirmed that it will be taking place at Fenway Park in Boston where the Boston Bruins will be hosting the outdoor game that has been fantastic marketing and promoting the sport since the lock out ended in the summer of 2005.
As for individual teams, the Pittsburgh Penguins are the defending Cup Champions while the Detroit Red Wings came short in the 1st Stanley Cup Rematch in 25 years. For your Dallas Stars, the Stars are looking for a rebound after an injury plagued 2008-2009 season and also new head coach Marc Crawford and GM in former NHL Superstar Joe Nieuwendyk after what has been so far has been a relative slow off season. This was some what good, because I didn't think they needed to much to a roster that reached the Western Conference Semifinals just last year.
Here's the things to watch out for the Dallas Stars Schedule:
Month of October: This is always a big deal to find out how the season will start, espically if it's a heavy road or home schedule to determine what kind of start to expect. If it's a heavy home month, the team will look to get off to a fast start and make the rest of the Pacific Division to warn them that we are back. If it's a heavy road schedule, they will need to weather what problems that may come early and make sure that everyone avoids any potential injury problems.
The Holidays: Usually, the Holiday time is the slowest part of the season. However, with the Olympic Tournament in play and a 2 week break for the Olympic Tournament where no league games will be played, The league officials are going to pack in a very tight schedule to make up the for the break and make sure not to have the end of the regular season go well into April which happened back with the Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy back in 2006. This will be a critical test that could make or break a teams season depending how they will do during the holiday season
New Year's Eve: This is more a symbolic deal more then anything, but the New Years Eve Game has been a big team tradition for most of the Stars History.
Mid March and April: The stretch run is always big for everyone. This always determines everything from Division Titles, Home Ice and possibly the #1 seeds and home ice advantage for the playoffs. If your team is playing great, then you will be fighting for the best playoff position possible, but a division title and your one of the top 3 seeds automatically. For teams that are not playing so well, they could be fighting just to get in. Everyone plays desperately this time of year and they's never an easy game near the end of the season.
Here's the Dallas Stars Preseason Schedule: All Start Times are Central
9/16 VS. Tampa Bay Lighting 7:30 PM
9/17 @ Colorado Avalanche 8:00 PM @ Pepsi Center
9/19 @ St. Louis Blues TBD @ Scottrade Center
9/22 VS. Florida Panthers 7:30 PM
9/23 @ Florida Panthers 6:30 PM @Bank Atlantic Center
9/24 VS. Colorado Avalanche 7:30 PM
9/26 VS. St. Louis Blues 7:00 PM
9/30 @ Texas Stars (AHL) 7:00 PM @ Cedar Park Center
Training Camp will begin on September 12th at the Frisco Starscenter with the Dallas Stars Ice Breaker meet and greet event just before training camp which should be at the Dallas Gallery.
Look for the Full Regular Season Schedule for the Dallas Stars sometime tomorrow night
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