The new Thrashers schedule is here! the new Thrashers schedule is here! This is the kind of spontaneous publicity the Thrashers need! Their name in print! That really makes them somebody! Things are going to start happening to them now!!
OK…maybe I’m getting a little more excited about this then I should, but I really do look forward to having my first look a new schedule when it is released. And as I’m sure you have already heard…the new 2010-11 Thrashers season schedule was just posted today.
After my first quick glance at it, here are some initial obeservations and thoughts.
For the fifth straight year, we’ll begin the season at home against a division foe. This year it’ll be the Washington Capitals who have won the Southeast Division three years running. The Thrashers are 2-1-1 in the past four years during those home openers and have won the last two.
After playing the Caps, they then head out on a four game road trip that will take them to Tampa then out on a west coast swing. They’ll play in Los Angeles, Anaheim and San Jose the following Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. This will be the second longest road trip of the season…the longest will be toward the end of the campaign when they will play five on the road between March 29 and April 7. During that time they’ll visit Montreal, Philadelphia, Boston, Nashville and the New York Rangers.
There are two days in which the Thrashers and Falcons both have home games, which will no doubt cause parking nightmares down near the Dome and Philips Arena. Thursday Nov. 11…Veterans Day and the 21st wedding anniversary of The Divine Mrs. R and myself…the Minnesota Wild will play the Thrashers while at the same time the Falcons will be hosting the Baltimore Ravens. Then on Sunday November 28 the Boston Bruins will be play in Atlanta as well as the Green Bay Packers next door at the Georgia Dome.
Last year the Thrashers only played two Friday night games at home. This season they will top that in October alone with three and there will be a total of thirteen Friday home games. I love the Friday night starts…for some odd reason the crowds seem even more energized than normal.
Last November the Thrashers played a Thanksgiving Eve game in Detroit…so I guess it’s only neighborly to return the favor. The Red Wings will be in town on Wednesday night November 24.
I count seven Sunday matinee games…mostl beginning at 5:00 pm. Two exception here are March 27 when the Thrashers face Ottawa at 2:00 pma snd the season finale against the Pittsburgh Penguins on April 10…yes, closing at home against the Pens again. That game is set to start at 3:00 pm.
We will see the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in town on Saturday night November 6. Could this be the first game that John Torchetti faces his former team from behind the Thrashers’ bench?
We will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Philips this season…the Flyers will be in town that night. Be sure to wear yer greens lads!
Also, the Thrashers will go to Dallas on January 15 to face off against the Stars and former Thrashers’ goalie Kari Lehtonen. Stendek…I’m sure you’ve already got a nice big red circle around this date on your calendar already!
Speaking of circling dates on the calendar, anytime the Flames return to Atlanta it’s worthy of just that. Calgary rides into town on Thursday night February 3.
And finally…I count fourteen back-to-back sets of games for the Thrashers this year. Last season they had 16 and went 10-3-3 in the tail end of those B2B games.