Schedule Is Out!!!!
Well, the regular season schedule is out, and I have just had a chance to review it a few minutes. However, based upon quick review, it is more favorable than last year in many respects. Here are some highlights:
- Only 7 back to backs, as opposed to 20 last year (somewhat surprising, given that this is an Olympic year)
- Worst road trips come early — we play 7 out of 9 on the road from October 5 through October 25, including a 3 game west coast swing and 4 game western Canada tour. Longest single trip is 5 games, from November 19 through 26.
- Best Home Stands: We have 6 straight in Nationwide from February 4 through March 2, leading into and emerging from the Olympic break. We play 7 out of 10 at home from March 11 through 30 — nice to have in the stretch run.
- Interesting Visitors: Pittsburgh October 30, Carolina November 7, Toronto December 3 and Washington April 3
Generally good news, I think. More to come, but first gander is positive.