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The Detroit Red Wings announced their 2009-10 regular season schedule on Wednesday afternoon. The schedule opens in Sweden with back-to-back games versus St. Louis and later includes two bouts against Pittsburgh. Due to the Olympic break in late February, the Wings’ schedule is more compressed than last season resulting in a lot of games every other day.
- In Detroit’s opening week at home, the Red Wings will play both the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals.
- As in the past, Detroit will face primarily Central Division opponents in the last month of the regular season. In fact, seven of Detroit’s last 10 opponents will be Central Division teams.
- You may think the Red Wings are one of the top teams in terms of travel, but not so much according to Dirk Hogan who runs the blog On the Forecheck. Detroit will travel 42,477 miles this season, but there are 13 teams that will travel farther than the Red Wings this year. Calgary will log the most miles this season (55,351) while Buffalo has the lightest travel (25,911).
- The Wings have three sets of five-game road trips (Oct. 22-31, Jan. 2-12, and Jan. 31-Feb. 9), marking the longest stretches they will be away from home.
- The Red Wings will play in 39 games over the weekend (Friday-Sunday). The breakdown includes 23 Saturday games (only eight of which are at home), nine Friday games (all but three will be at home), and seven Sunday games (all but one are on the road).
- Detroit will play in 13 back-to-back games this year compared to the league average of 15.1.
- The Wings’ longest homestand is four games from November 12-20.
- Detroit will face the defending Stanley Cup champs at Mellon Arena on January 31 and later at the Joe on March 22.
Which games do you have circled on your calendar? Does anyone already have a road trip planned for an away game?
In Other News
Despite all the confusion regarding the Jiri Hudler to the KHL situation, GM Ken Holland will continue to negotiate with Hudler’s agent in the two weeks leading up to the arbitration hearing. Ansar Khan at MLive.com clarifies that the KHL will walk away from the Hudler contract if the Wings’ agree to his salary determined at arbitration.
Bob Duff, who also freelances for NBCSports.com, talked to experts around the league and came up with the perfect NHL player. Just a heads up, three Red Wings make the cut for certain aspects of this perfect player including captain Nicklas Lidstrom.
Despite the slow week of Red Wings’ news, the hockey blogosphere still has plenty to talk about when it comes to Detroit. Babcock’s Death Stare has a great round up on all the articles and blog posts that discussed last week’s development camp and is also cautiously optimistic about the Hudler fiasco. Winging It In Motown asks their readers, “Who is your untouchable Red Wing?” They want to get readers’ opinions on what five current players the Wings will not trade away because they are too valuable to the team. Nightmare at Helm Street is already pondering the various line combinations that the Wings could use next year.
Steve Yzerman and head coach Mike Babcock participated in a hush-hush, four-day Olympics summit for Team Canada in Vancouver.
Yesterday the Chicago Blackhawks held a press conference with two former Wings, welcoming Marian Hossa and Tomas Kopecky into the fold.