Dallas Stars Announce 2005-2006 Season Schedule
Stars Open Season with a Three-Game Home Stand Beginning with LA on October 5th at American Airlines Center.
FRISCO, Tex. -- The Dallas Stars will open the 2005-06 National Hockey League regular season schedule at home vs. the Pacific Division rival Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday, October 5 (7:30 p.m.). Including the game vs. Los Angeles, Dallas will open the season with a three-game home stand (also hosting Colorado on Saturday, October 8 and Phoenix on Tuesday, October 11).
The Stars are scheduled to play 82 games during the 2005-06 campaign, with 41 contests at home and 41 on the road. The home schedule features 16 weekend contests (nine Friday, six Saturday, one Sunday). All of the Saturday home games will start at 7 p.m. or earlier, including two that are in the early afternoon (Jan. 28 vs. Detroit 1 p.m.; April 15 vs. Minnesota 1 p.m.). The Stars' lone Sunday home game is also an afternoon matinee (March 26 vs. Calgary 2 p.m.). The busiest home weeknight for the Stars is Wednesday (12 times). Most evening games at American Airlines Center will begin at 7:30 p.m.
The NHL schedule is now heavily structured around conference play, especially against the team's respective division. Dallas plays in the NHL's Pacific Division of the Western Conference, and will play 32 divisional games against rivals Anaheim, Los Angeles, Phoenix and San Jose (a total of eight times each -- four at home, four on the road).
The Stars will play a total of 40 games against non-division Western Conference foes in the Central Division (Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Nashville and St. Louis) and the Northwest Division (Calgary, Colorado, Edmonton, Minnesota and Vancouver), with four games against each opponent (twice at home, twice on the road).
Against Eastern Conference opponents, the Stars will host teams from the Southeast Division (Atlanta, Carolina, Florida, Tampa Bay and Washington), while playing on the road vs. the Northeast Division (Boston, Buffalo, Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto). Dallas will not face the Atlantic Division this season (New Jersey, NY Islanders, NY Rangers, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh). The NHL will rotate inter-conference opponents each season by division.
The Stars' longest home stand this season will be a five-game stretch from March 20-29 (Anaheim, Minnesota, Chicago, Calgary, Anaheim). The club also has two other home stands of four-games each. Dallas' longest road trip is a six-game odyssey comprising of 5,040 total miles over 12 days (Dec. 10-21, at Toronto, Buffalo, Ottawa, Chicago, Minnesota, Columbus). The Stars also have two other road trips that are four-games each.
Dallas opens the season with seven of its first 10 games at home, as well as 10 of its first 15. The Stars close out the season playing seven of their last 10 contests on the road. The regular season ends with a road game at Columbus on April 18.
Notable games at American Airlines Center include -- the 2004 Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning (January 20); New Year's Eve vs. the Los Angeles Kings (Dec. 31 -- this marks the eighth consecutive season for the Stars to play at home on New Year's Eve, going 5-0-2 in those contests); two games against the 2004 Western Conference Champion Calgary Flames (Oct. 22, Mar. 26).
The 2005-06 season includes a 17-day Olympic Break for NHL players to participate in the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin, Italy, from Feb. 13-Mar. 1. There will be no All-Star Game this season because of the Olympics.
Dallas Stars season seats are on sale now, with full and split season plans available, including 12, 8 and 4-game packages. The club has reduced prices on every season seat at American Airlines Center by an average of 16%, including seats as low as $10, and starting at $50 in the lower bowl. Fans can call 214-GO STARS for more information or go to DallasStars.com.
The Stars' television schedule will be released later this summer.