Updated: The schedule is out: Thrashers open with Caps

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As we reported Monday, the Thrashers will open the 2010-11 schedule at home against the Capitals on Friday, Oct. 8, then play at Tampa Bay on Saturday at Oct. 9 and follow with a three-game west coast trip.

The NHL released the full schedule on Tuesday. Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks at Philips Arena on Saturday, Nov. 6.

Here it is:

2010-11 NHL REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE

(Home games in all caps.  All times are Eastern Standard)

DAY        DATE         OPPONENT                                 TIME (ET)

Fri.          Oct. 8          WASHINGTON………………………… 7:30 p.m.

Sat.          Oct. 9          @ Tampa Bay……………………………. 7:30 p.m.

Tues.       Oct. 12        @ Los Angeles…………………………. 10:30 p.m.

Fri.          Oct. 15        @ Anaheim…………………………………… 10 p.m.

Sat.          Oct. 16        @ San Jose………………………………. 10:30 p.m.

Wed.        Oct. 20        BUFFALO…………………………………….. 7 p.m.

Fri.          Oct. 22        TAMPA BAY…………………………… 7:30 p.m.

Sat.          Oct. 23        @ Washington………………………………… 7 p.m.

Wed.        Oct. 27        @ NY Rangers………………………………… 7 p.m.

Fri.          Oct. 29        BUFFALO………………………………… 7:30 p.m.

Sat.          Oct. 30        @ St. Louis…………………………………….. 8 p.m.

Wed.        Nov. 3         @ Florida…………………………………… 7:30 p.m.

Thurs.     Nov. 4         COLUMBUS…………………………………. 7 p.m.

Sat.          Nov. 6         CHICAGO…………………………………….. 7 p.m.

Tues.       Nov. 9         @ Ottawa………………………………….. 7:30 p.m.

Thurs.     Nov. 11       MINNESOTA……………………………….. 7 p.m.

Sat.          Nov. 13       PITTSBURGH………………………………. 7 p.m.

Sun.         Nov. 14       @ Washington………………………………… 5 p.m.

Wed.        Nov. 17       FLORIDA……………………………………… 7 p.m.

Fri.          Nov. 19       WASHINGTON………………………… 7:30 p.m.

Sun.         Nov. 21       NY ISLANDERS……………………………. 5 p.m.

Wed.        Nov. 24       DETROIT……………………………………… 7 p.m.

Fri.          Nov. 26       MONTREAL…………………………….. 7:30 p.m.

Sun.         Nov. 28       BOSTON………………………………………. 5 p.m.

Tues.       Nov. 30       @ Colorado……………………………………. 9:30 p.m.

Thurs.     Dec. 2          @ Pittsburgh………………………………….. 7 p.m.

Sat.          Dec. 4          @ Washington………………………………… 7 p.m.

Mon.       Dec. 6          NASHVILLE………………………………….. 7 p.m.

Fri.          Dec. 10        COLORADO…………………………….. 7:30 p.m.

Sat.          Dec. 11        @ NY Islanders………………………………. 7 p.m.

Mon.       Dec. 13        @ Ottawa………………………………….. 7:30 p.m.

Wed.        Dec. 15        @ Tampa Bay……………………………. 7:30 p.m.

Thurs.     Dec. 16        CAROLINA…………………………………… 7 p.m.

Sat.          Dec. 18        NEW JERSEY………………………………… 7 p.m.

Mon.       Dec. 20        @ Toronto……………………………………… 7 p.m.

Tues.       Dec. 21        ST. LOUIS…………………………………….. 7 p.m.

Thurs.     Dec. 23        @ Boston………………………………………. 7 p.m.

Sun.         Dec. 26        TAMPA BAY……………………………….. 7 p.m.

Tues.       Dec. 28        @ Pittsburgh………………………………….. 7 p.m.

Thurs.     Dec. 30        BOSTON………………………………………. 7 p.m.

Fri.          Dec. 31        @ New Jersey………………………………… 5 p.m.

Sun.         Jan. 2           @ Montreal……………………………………. 1 p.m.

Wed.        Jan. 5           @ Florida…………………………………… 7:30 p.m.

Fri.          Jan. 7           TORONTO……………………………….. 7:30 p.m.

Sun.         Jan. 9           @ Carolina…………………………………. 1:30 p.m.

Fri.          Jan. 14         PHILADELPHIA………………………. 7:30 p.m.

Sat.          Jan. 15         @ Dallas………………………………………… 8 p.m.

Mon.       Jan. 17         @ Florida…………………………………… 7:30 p.m.

Thurs.     Jan. 20         TAMPA BAY……………………………….. 7 p.m.

Sat.          Jan. 22         NY RANGERS………………………………. 7 p.m.

Sun.         Jan. 23         @ Tampa Bay……………………………. 5 p.m.

Wed.        Jan. 26         WASHINGTON…………………………….. 7 p.m.

Tues.       Feb. 1          NY ISLANDERS……………………………. 7 p.m.

Thurs.     Feb. 3          CALGARY……………………………………. 7 p.m.

Sat.          Feb. 5          @ Carolina……………………………………… 7 p.m.

Mon.       Feb. 7          @ Toronto……………………………………… 7 p.m.

Fri.          Feb. 11        NY RANGERS………………………….. 7:30 p.m.

Sun.         Feb. 13        CAROLINA…………………………………… 5 p.m.

Thurs.     Feb. 17        @ Phoenix……………………………………… 9 p.m.

Sat.          Feb. 19        @ Edmonton……………………………… 3:30 p.m.

Wed.        Feb. 23        @ Buffalo………………………………………. 7 p.m.

Fri.          Feb. 25        FLORIDA…………………………………. 7:30 p.m.

Sun.         Feb. 27        TORONTO……………………………………. 5 p.m.

Tues.       Mar. 1         MONTREAL…………………………………. 7 p.m.

Thurs.     Mar. 3         OTTAWA……………………………………… 7 p.m.

Sat.          Mar. 5         FLORIDA……………………………………… 7 p.m.

Wed.        Mar. 9         @ Carolina……………………………………… 7 p.m.

Fri.          Mar. 11       NEW JERSEY……………………………. 7:30 p.m.

Sat.          Mar. 12       @ Philadelphia……………………………….. 7 p.m.

Tues.       Mar. 15       @ New Jersey………………………………… 7 p.m.

Thurs.     Mar. 17       PHILADELPHIA…………………………… 7 p.m.

Sat.          Mar. 19       @ Buffalo………………………………………. 7 p.m.

Thurs.     Mar. 24       @ NY Islanders………………………………. 7 p.m.

Fri.          Mar. 25       VANCOUVER…………………………… 7:30 p.m.

Sun.         Mar. 27       OTTAWA……………………………………… 2 p.m.

Tues.       Mar. 29       @ Montreal……………………………….. 7:30 p.m.

Thurs.     Mar. 31       @ Philadelphia……………………………….. 7 p.m.

Sat.          Apr. 2         @ Boston………………………………………. 1 p.m.

Tues.       Apr. 5         @ Nashville……………………………………. 8 p.m.

Thurs.     Apr. 7         @ NY Rangers………………………………… 7 p.m.

Fri.          Apr. 8         CAROLINA………………………………. 7:30 p.m.

Sun.         Apr. 10       PITTSBURGH………………………………. 3 p.m.

ALSO: Here are some very interesting league-wide notes about the schedule, courtesy of the Pittsburgh Penguins PR staff:

Season-Opening Night: Thursday, October 7 – Carolina @ Minnesota in 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere-Helsinki; Philadelphia @ Pittsburgh in the official opener at CONSOL Energy Center; Montreal @ Toronto; Chicago @ Colorado, Calgary @ Edmonton.

“Home” Teams in 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere Games: Helsinki
– Minnesota Oct. 7, Carolina Oct. 8; Stockholm – San Jose Oct. 8, Columbus Oct. 9; Prague – Boston Oct. 9, Phoenix Oct. 10.


Hall of Fame Game:
Buffalo @ Toronto, Saturday, Nov. 6.

All-Star Break:
Jan. 27-Feb. 1.

Hockey Day In Canada:
Feb. 12 – Ottawa @ Edmonton, Toronto @ Montreal, Calgary @ Vancouver.

Hockey Day In America:
Feb. 20 – Washington @ Buffalo; Philadelphia @ NY Rangers; Pittsburgh @ Chicago, Detroit @ Minnesota.

Meeting of 2010 Stanley Cup Finalists:
Philadelphia @ Chicago – Sunday, Jan. 23.

Meeting of the past two Stanley Cup champions:
Pittsburgh @ Chicago, Sunday, Feb. 20, 3 p.m.

Busiest Day:
Saturday, Oct. 30. 14 games.

Regular Season Concludes:
April 10, 2011.

Stanley Cup Playoffs begin:
April 13, 2011.

SCHEDULE NOTES: John MacLean
makes his regular-season debut as the Devils’ coach and Jason Arnott marks his return to the club Oct. 8 when New Jersey hosts Dallas . . . Scott Arniel makes his regular-season debut as the Blue Jackets’ coach against San Jose in Stockholm Oct. 8 and makes his regular-season North America debut Friday, Oct. 15, against the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks . . . Guy Boucher makes his regular-season debut as head coach of the Lightning when Tampa Bay hosts Atlanta Saturday, Oct. 9 . . . GM Steve Yzerman and the Lightning are home to the Detroit Red Wings, Yzerman’s long-time former team, Thursday, Feb. 17 . . . Tampa Bay owns the season’s longest homestand, 12 games from Jan. 23-Feb. 25, while Los Angeles faces the season’s longest road trip, 10 games from Feb. 1-23 . . . The cross-state rivalry between Florida and Tampa Bay gets underway Oct. 16 when the Lightning provide the opposition for the Panthers’ home opener. The teams are led by new general managers – Yzerman in Tampa and Dale Tallon in Florida . . . The St. Louis Blues and former Canadiens G Jaroslav Halak host Montreal Thursday, March 10 . . . The Ottawa Senators play their concluding 26 regular-season games against Eastern Conference opponents . . . The Los Angeles Kings play their concluding 23 games against Western Conference, including the last five against Pacific Division opponents . . . The Calgary Flames and Phoenix Coyotes both play their concluding 20 games against Western Conference opponents. . . Carolina makes the latest North American home debut – October 27 against Washington.

Dudley will talk to Peters

Thrashers general manager Rick Dudley will meet with Bill Peters, the fifth and final candidate for the team’s vacant head coaching position, at this weekend’s NHL draft in Los Angeles. Dudley could also discuss the possibility of Peters joining the Thrashers as an assistant coach.

Peters coached the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs, the top minor-league affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks, the past two seasons. The IceHogs were 44-30-3-3 (94 points) and lost in the first round of the Calder Cup playoffs last season. He also coached Canada’s Under-18 National team in 2008.

Dudley was the Blackhawks assistant general manager in 2008 when the franchise hired Peters.

The Thrashers have also spoken with Blackhawks assistant coach John Torchetti, Boston Bruins assistant coach Craig Ramsay, AHL Chicago head coach Don Lever and Scott Arniel, who subsequently took the head job with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

42 comments Add your comment

J(Z)

June 22nd, 2010
12:09 pm

First?

3 days off between @LA & @Anaheim???? Yawn!

sisu

June 22nd, 2010
12:14 pm

6 of the first games on the road…should be interesting…

Jack

June 22nd, 2010
12:20 pm

Great to see Calgary and Detroit coming to Atlanta. Too bad we play are old buddy Lehtonen in Dallas.

Barry

June 22nd, 2010
12:29 pm

Sorta similar to last year’s schedule. They play their one and only home game to open the season then go on the road and don’t play another home game until almost two weeks has passed. Second year in a row where we end the season home against Pittsburg. What’s up with that? Schedule makers must have turned up the button for “treat Thrashers like red headed step child”.

Rich

June 22nd, 2010
12:34 pm

Barry: “Schedule makers must have turned up the button for “treat Thrashers like red headed step child”.”

Just taking a cue from the Spirit Group … or maybe getting back at Spirit, for that matter.

GaVaHokie

June 22nd, 2010
12:38 pm

We’re pretty lucky with the West Coast swing this year… beginning of the season… LA, Anaheim, San Jose… all in California.

Phoenix to Edmonton to Buffalo over 7 days in February is a long stretch, lots of travel with lots of time between games. I’d expect the annual trip to Elmira will happen between Edmonton and Buffalo.

The Monkey

June 22nd, 2010
12:44 pm

Are all of these home games in Hamilton or Winnipeg? ;-)

Bill

June 22nd, 2010
12:53 pm

tough early april road trip – I think it is a break getting the west coast trip over with early.

Hockey Steve

June 22nd, 2010
1:06 pm

Not funny, Monkey.

Jack

June 22nd, 2010
1:09 pm

Monkey go back to your zoo

Chris Vivlamore

June 22nd, 2010
1:17 pm

In the NHL schedule makers didn’t consult me department: Thrashers play on daughter’s birthday, my birthday and wedding anniversary. Think I’m in trouble?

OmniFan

June 22nd, 2010
1:18 pm

25 weekend dates (13F 5Sat 7Sun) looks better than last season. Fewer Saturdays; is Friday to be Hockey Night in Atlanta?

Alan

June 22nd, 2010
1:21 pm

We play the Predators, Blues, and Avs twice this year.

Buzilla in CT

June 22nd, 2010
1:48 pm

I am going to be in Atlanta in November for a wedding that weekend and I am planning on going to the Minnisota game on Thursday November 11th. Mark you calender Hokie

GaVaHokie

June 22nd, 2010
2:06 pm

TSNBobMcKenzie Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell for Dennis Wideman, 15th overall pick and another draft pick. Done.

GaVaHokie

June 22nd, 2010
2:10 pm

Buzz… very cool… keep me posted.

MB

June 22nd, 2010
2:13 pm

The wife’s from Pittsburgh so we typically visit there between Christmas and New Year’s. We’re hoping to attend this year’s Winter Classic, and now looks like we may have an opportunity to watch the T-Birds there on the 28th. Last time we saw the Thrashers at Mellon we actually won…maybe we can christen the new arena in similar fashion.

Iceman

June 22nd, 2010
2:23 pm

Great. Now how ’bout a coach?

Wayne stuck in AL

June 22nd, 2010
2:43 pm

Yet again the Thrashers ignore the pleading of their fans to start games at 7:30-7:40 instead of 7 pm…

Mr. Heat Miser

June 22nd, 2010
2:47 pm

Road trip to Carolina 2/5/11

World Be Free

June 22nd, 2010
3:41 pm

GaVa-Phx-Edmonton-BUF is a shock to the body too. Warmth of Arizona to the bone-chilling cold of Edmonton and Buffalo, both nice places to be in February!

Mike

June 22nd, 2010
3:44 pm

Wayne…I don’t think it is the Thrashers specifically that don’t want to start the games later than 7 but instead the tv contracts.

World Be Free

June 22nd, 2010
3:44 pm

Wayne-looks like more weekend games than last season and that is a good thing.

Swami

June 22nd, 2010
4:33 pm

Opening game – Capitals! Caps have Ovy, but Thrashers no have Kovy! Aye-yaye-yaye!

Rich

June 22nd, 2010
5:49 pm

Chris – They’re playing on my birthday, too, but I’ll cut you some slack and let you just mail me my gift in advance so you can cover the game.

Stat Man

June 22nd, 2010
6:14 pm

SIGN NABOKOV for whatever it takes.

Best goalie around & we become instant contenters in a weak division!!!!

Brendan

June 22nd, 2010
6:19 pm

Only three of the last seventeen (3/17) games of the season are against divisional opponents.

Who’s playing at the Winter Classic this year?

World Be Free

June 22nd, 2010
7:37 pm

I believe the Winter Classic is Washington and Pittsburgh at Heinz Field

James

June 22nd, 2010
8:02 pm

15 back-to-back sets. Not bad.

That 5-game road trip in late March/early April is going to suck, each team will be playoff-caliber. And that’ll wrap up a stretch of 10 out of 14 games on the road. Not good.

Brendan

June 22nd, 2010
11:00 pm

Jack, even if we light ‘im up in Dallas, and hang six on the glass-groined Wunderkind, it won’t undo what happened while Lehtonen was here. I honestly wish him well. I really do. Lord knows, he needed a change of scenery. Maybe with a taskmaster of a conditioning coach, a team supplied psychologist, and first-hand witnessing of how an organization with a Stanley Cup in its history operates, Lehtonen can resurrect his career. I’m sure Kari would like to erase his last memories of the playoffs, a 7-0 pasting, by New York. Who knows? Dallas might make the playoffs next year.

DZ

June 23rd, 2010
12:21 am

What do you Hawks and Thrashers fans feel about having a protest demonstration outside ASG headquarters at 101 Marietta Street Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30303-2771?

pit

June 23rd, 2010
8:46 am

DZ-what exactly would that prove and why exactly do you want to protest this team at this time? Give Dudley a chance.

Jack

June 23rd, 2010
9:42 am

True That Brendan. I like watching Dallas play so I hope they show him the stick and he gets his mind and body into gear.

Jack

June 23rd, 2010
9:44 am

DZ I like the protest idea, but unfortunately you have to do it during the season to have any impact. However, I am with the pit boss, in giving Dudley a chance.

J.B.

June 23rd, 2010
9:54 am

I’ve seen the reported asking price for Byfuglien is a first round pick and a prospect. Considering he’s under contract for the upcoming season and only an RFA after that, I’d say that’s a little high but not astronomical for him. Would y’all trade Chicago our 24th and one of our many prospects for Byfuglien? I think if I were Dudley, I’d do that deal. Might even give them more for Versteeg. Am I crazy?

World Be Free

June 23rd, 2010
11:34 am

JB-I think we are seeing why Chicago hasn’t made any deals yet, even though we all know they have to. That’s a steep asking price for Buff, probably the same price for others. I’d give the pick, but I would have to see who the prospect was too.

Sage of Bluesland

June 23rd, 2010
1:30 pm

“What do you Hawks and Thrashers fans feel about having a protest demonstration outside ASG headquarters at 101 Marietta Street Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30303-2771?”

Uh-oh, DZ, get ready for the onslaught of the sheep…I know, because I’ve tried to convince as many as I can to stop subsidizing the utter incompetence.

(But, guess what, some HAVE listened! Yes, that’s right–and more will, too…)

Crickets Chirping

June 23rd, 2010
4:58 pm

What was that? Did somebody say something about onslaughting a sheep??

Sounds kinky.

Brendan

June 23rd, 2010
5:01 pm

I don’t know what a protest will do, if the owners are broke. We’d be protesting that they’re poor, and they’d probably agree. “Yes, we’re poor.” Which leaves us where, exactly?

Not that this team is somehow above criticism. I see no point, whatsoever, in retaining Waddell. But if Dudley does a good job, then I cannot complain. As poster Bob/Joe Friday says, “Ya see, there’s this little thing called ’standings’ that help us evaluate results.” I don’t argue with wins. I might argue longterm strategies, but I don’t usually argue wins.

If the Atlanta Thrashers do not improve their image, then what they can do will remain limited. I was just watching the 2006 draft being re-run last night, and they talked about the impact of Erik Johnson, Jonathan Toews, Jordan Staal, and Phil Kessel for the GM’s and teams that get these players. It was a fascinating trip down memory lane. Two of those players now have Cup rings.

Segue, but DRAFTING WELL, alone, won’t get it done. What Pittsburgh, Chicago and others did … was change the CLIMATE and business model surrounding their clubs. That’s what made the change. If we do some protest to try to FORCE the Spirit to change their business model, they’d have to have the resources to implement what Chicago and Pittsburgh recently pulled off. It seems clear to me, that they either (1) don’t have the resources or (2) have it and won’t allocate them. If it’s # 2, then a protest might help the ownership re-think things. But if it’s # 1, then not much can be done.

ThrashHead

June 23rd, 2010
5:54 pm

Byfuglien, Eager and Sopel to ATL for the Thrasher’s 24th pick, 2nd round pick, Reasoner and Morin. Not a bad bounty for us. We just added a whole lot of size and grit.

joedaiceman

June 23rd, 2010
5:54 pm

Hot, Hot Hot !!!!!! (Great news if true)
The Chicago Blackhawks made a blockbuster trade with the Thrashers on Wednesday, the Stanley Cup champions moving Dustin Byfuglien, Ben Eager, Brent Sopel and a prospect to Atlanta for a first-round pick, a second-round pick, prospect Jeremy Morin and veteran forward Marty Reasoner, a source told ESPN.com

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