Hooray! We’ve got a schedule!
While many of you have given your first impressions in the previous post, here are a few other tidbits about the schedule.
– Let’s call out the elephant in the room…..There is a particular car race on February 26th. There is also a home game that day, as the Admirals will entertain the Rampage. Sorry Todd. Better luck next year. Hey, Bert Blyleven got into the Hall eventually…maybe next year will be your year?
– Yes. April looks to be brutal. 9 games in 15 days, and 7 of them in a row on the road…but only one set of games on back-to-back nights, and that’s once they return to the midwest to close out the season. They’ll cover a lot of miles on that trip, but they shouldn’t have any days where they’ll be playing the same day that they are travelling. So that’s nice.
– The AHL got rid of the 4-games-in-5-days stretches….but they kept the 3-in-3’s. And the Admirals have 9 3-in-3’s this year. Of interest: 8 of those stretches have two games as home dates. The last one is the closing weekend of the season, with one home date.
– Sunday December 18th, the Admirals host Peoria. They won’t play again until the day after Christmas. 7 off-days. I’ll just go ahead and pencil in ‘caption contest’ during that week.
– No odd one-off travel dates. No home game Friday, and then game in San Antonio on Saturday. I don’t book the flights, but it looks like there should only be 7 trips requiring air travel this season.
– The Admirals will play road games in different cities on back-to-back days three times. Lake Erie/Hamilton, Lake Erie/Toronto, and then Rockford/Chicago the last weekend of the season.
– Day hockey anyone? 1:30 start at home against Chicago on Saturday November 12th. 10am at Peoria Tuesday January 24th. And early Sunday games at Charlotte (11/27) and Houston (2/5).
– I thought the team did well last year with 75% of their home games on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. Somehow, they managed to get a better percentage, as 32 ofo 38 home games (84%) will be on those weekend dates. Just 15 of the 76 full season games are M, T, W, or Th.
– The schedule-makers did a pretty nice job breaking up the division games this season. Of course, with 44 games against division foes this year, that’s a tough task. But there are only two stretches all season where the Admirals will play over three straight games against division foes.
– How many calendar weeks (Sunday through Saturday) of the regular season will the Admirals not have at least one home game (Excluding opening night in Peoria)? Three. Once for the Abbotsford trip in October, once in March, and once in April. (Yes, I know I’m fudging the numbers a bit…a more useful stat would be weeks that go Monday-Sunday, but that number isn’t as aesthetically pleasing)
– Speaking of Abbotsford, three out of the four games will be played before December 1st. But they’ll re-appear at the Bradley Center in February.
– By December 10th, the Admirals will have played 22 games. 6 of them will have been against the Wolves.
– Half of the season series against Rockford will take place after March 1st.
To be honest, I expected a lot worse. Yes, April appears to be unpleasant, but I don’t have a lot to complain about here outside of the usual gripes (lack of Eastern Conference, etc). The team isn’t gone for a long time, and they are never home for a really long time. Seems like as balanced of an unbalanced AHL schedule that we could hope for. Lots of chances to travel on weekends to Rockford and Rosemont (and Peoria if you get good gas mileage on your vehicle).
Feel free to weigh in on the schedule in the comments section.