When the Kings schedule was released last year, I spent numerous labor-intensive hours examining and breaking down the schedule. Two days ago the Kings released the 09-10 schedule
with a very comprehensive breakdown
virtually eliminating any work for me; thanks guys! This season starts out with more promise than a year ago, so I feel I'm looking at the schedule with a different mindset. There are teams that the Kings could easily dominate who weren't so easy to play against last year (Minnesota and possibly San Jose)
. San Jose had been making zero waves this summer, so I'm not exactly sure with my assessment; all I know is the Kings are stronger now so it'll be interesting to watch.
The following is a quick scan on my part after perusing the schedule:Oct. Sat. 3 vs. Phoenix (home opener)
: Talk about the most boring way to begin the season...Oct. Tues. 6 vs. San Jose:
...Go Rob Blake...Oct. Sat. 10 @ St. Louis:
Start of the longest road trip over 11 daysOct. Mon. 12 @ Islanders:
Will Matt Moulson play?? Oct. Mon. 26 Toronto @ Anaheim
: Going to the Pond for this one... will need a women-sized Leafs jersey. Wouldn't that be hysterical if I got Burke on the back of it? Hated him in Anaheim, but like him in Toronto.Nov. Thurs. 5 vs. Pittsburgh:
Sidney Crosby at Staples!Nov. Mon. 9 @ Chicago:
Start of possibly the worst 5-game road trip. CHI, CAR, ATL, TBL, FLA. Zzz..zzzzz....ZZzzZzzzz....Nov. Wed. 18 @ Philadelphia:
Pronger still in orange, yikes.Nov. Wed. 25 @ Edmonton:
Battle versus Moose
!Dec. Thurs. 10 vs. Phoenix:
Can't think of a more boring two-game home-stand.Dec. Sat. 12 vs. Dallas:
...zzz...ZZZzzzzZZzz....Jan. Sat. 2 vs. Washington:
Do you think Ovechkin will try to take a run at Dustin Brown
again? Ow, my ear!Jan. Thurs. 21 vs. Buffalo:
End of the longest home-stand at seven games.Feb. Sat. 13 vs. Colorado:
First game against Kyle Quincey! How many tears will Ryan Smyth
shed?Feb. Sun. 14 - Mar. Mon. 1:
Olympic Break. Can't say either way if I'm excited yet. I probably will be, but I'll just be hoping the Kings are still in the hunt at this point.
Mar. Sat. 6 vs. Montreal:
Kings against the smallest line in the NHL, which includes
Michael Cammalleri, bahaha.Apr. Sat. 10 vs. Edmonton:
Last home game of the season; not a bad way to end except if both teams need that last few points to get into the 8-seed.Apr. Sun 11 @ Colorado:
Kings end regular season with a back-to-back, hrm.
Any games that stand out to you? Let me know if I missed something of interest...