Happy Days, everyone! The AHL has just released the 2015-16 regular season schedule. The Milwaukee Admirals season opener is October 10th on the road against the Chicago Wolves, the home opener is on October 16th against the Charlotte Checkers, the home finale is April 15th against the Bakersfield Condors, and the regular season finale is April 16th on the road against the Rockford IceHogs. You can view the entire Milwaukee Admirals 2015-16 schedule via our website.
Plenty of great looking things in regards to the schedule. From a business perspective, it looks as if the Admirals have plenty of solid weekend dates at the BMO Harris Bradley Center: 25 out of the Admirals 38 home games occur on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. In addition, it seems like the dreaded three-in-three bullet has mainly been avoided. There are four ‘three-in-three’ scenarios this season with one in November, one in December, and two on back-to-back weekends in March. It seems as if the three-in-three has given way to more of a ‘weekday game and Friday-Saturday’ vibe more than anything: eight of those throughout the season (discounting the three-in-three varieties).
The area of the schedule I want to get everyone glued to is December and January because they appear to be polar opposites. The month of December is the almighty monster of the Admirals 2015-16 regular season schedule. There are fifteen total games and seven of those are on the road. Sounds hectic right? The team could either hit stride and cruise or hit a wall and crash. Regardless, the month of January is rather laid back. There are ten games. Of those six of them are on the road but they happen to be incredibly spaced out. December should be a marathon. January should be a bit of relief.
There are other fun things to point out: We’ll be seeing Joe Piskula and the San Diego Gulls stroll into Milwaukee on November 21st. The Manitoba Moose make their return to Milwaukee on October 29th. For a nice change the Admirals Texas road swing of the Texas Stars and San Antonio Rampage has been divided up into two head-to-heads instead of a Stars-Rampage roadie followed later in the season with yet another one (who doesn’t love the intensity of playing the same team twice so close together). The Admirals once again take to Charlotte for a two game road trip -but- this season the Admirals also get to host them for a two-in-two. The Admirals have three games in the AM this season including a 10:30 AM start time at home on Wednesday November 11th against the Lake Erie Monsters. In fact, they have two 10:30 AM start times in less than a week. I’m not sure if that’s ever happened before in team history.
Plenty more to chat about and discuss. I’ll be happy to hear all of your takes on the schedule. Let me know what your thoughts are on the schedule, some of the dates that excite you the most, or some of the areas that puzzle you.