The Hawks’ Nest


Schedule Musings
July 31, 2009, 9:25 am
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Neal: As much fun as I’ve had on this little journey, I’m sure one day I’ll look back on it and laugh.
Del: [giggles] Are you sure?
Neal: [starts chuckling] Oh God. I’m laughing already.

-Planes, Trains & Automobiles

The Winterhawks released their 2009-10 tentative schedule yesterday, and the opening month might resemble the epic adventure undertaken by Steve Martin and John Candy in their comedy classic.

Twelve of the team’s first 16 games will come on the road, including a seven-game trip that includes a swing through the Central Division. The good news is they get the big trip out of the way early. The bad news is, they’ll exhaust their DVD collections in the process. By December, their only remaining options might be Dane Cook’s movies, a fate no one should have to endure, no matter how long the bus ride.

Of course, if the team can make it through that stretch intact, it sets them up well for the remainder of the season. Six of their next seven after the Central swing come at home, as do three of their final four before the Christmas break.

Portland also has only four stretches of three games in three nights, compared to six last season. Just as importantly, they don’t have any after Jan.31, which will hopefully keep the team fresh during the stretch run, whereas last year they ended the season with three in a row.

All in all, the team is set up nicely for a playoff push with a home-heavy schedule after October and no three-games-in-three-nights after January.

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