New schedule released

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

The NHL released the entire schedule for the 2008-09 season today.

The Penguins' schedule can be viewed here.

The entire league-wide schedule can be viewed here.

A few notes:

-It's interesting to see the league will give the Penguins, Senators, Rangers and Lightning several home games immediately after their trips to Europe to kick off the season. Last season when the Ducks started off in England, they played several road games when they came back to North America and were really worn out.

-The Flyers return to Mellon Arena Oct. 14.

-The Maple Leafs come to Pittsburgh Oct. 18. Hmmm... Drunk Maple Leafs fans on a Saturday night with their strong Canadian loonies. Should be interesting.

-The Penguins go to Detroit Nov. 11. Brooks Orpik will look to give Marian Hossa some free candy while Petr Sykora will look for some more Dominos Pizza.

-A mini West "Coast" swing takes place early as the Penguins travel to San Jose Oct. 28 and Phoenix Oct. 30.

-The Penguins will get their first view of the circus the Lightning has become when Gary Roberts, Ryan Malone, Mark Recchi and Adam Hall come to Pittsburgh Dec. 23.

-Georges Laraque and the Canadiens come to Mellon Arena for the first time Dec. 27.

-Hockey on New Year's Day again. This one will be a little less hyped and a lot more indoors than last year though. They start 2009 off with a trip to Boston Jan. 1.

-The Red Wings return to Mellon Arena Feb. 8.

-The Penguins will have "home" games in Washington. D.C. Feb. 22 and March 8. Both are on Sundays.

-Something tells us this will be a good game. The Penguins travel to Chicago to take on Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and the young improving Blackhawks Feb. 27.

-The Penguins travel to Columbus March 12. That should double as a "home" game.

-Jarkko Ruutu and the Senators will make their only regular season appearance at Mellon Arena March 14.

-That game is the first in a string of eight consecutive home games. Hmmm... eight consecutive home games during the playoff push for the NHL's "glamour" franchise? Get out your tin foil hats Flyers fans.

-The potential national television games for the Penguins on Sundays on NBC look to be:

  • Rangers at Penguins, Jan. 18.
  • Red Wings at Penguins, Feb. 8.
  • Penguins at Capitals, Feb. 22.
  • Penguins at Stars, March 1.
  • Penguins at Capitals, March 8.
  • Bruins at Penguins, March 15.
  • Flyers at Penguins, March 22.

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