Saturday, July 19, 2008

Phoenix Coyotes' Road Ahead


The Phoenix Coyotes schedule is an interesting one as the league changes the format from the division oriented schedule to a more league wide format. Here are a couple of dates for the Coyotes that could be big for the club.

October 11th vs Columbus: The home opener and first game of the regular season is always important. The young Coyotes will look to start the season the right way vs a different Blue Jackets squad.

October 15th @ Chicago: The first of 4 meetings between 2 teams that could be at the top of the Western Conference in the future with so many great young players on their rosters. 

October 23rd and 30th vs Capitals and vs Penguins: Ovechkin and Crosby come out to the desert in their only meetings of the season with Phoenix. Look for the Coyotes to try and show their stuff against teams that have found success following the same path they did.

November 15th vs Dallas: Daniel Carcillo vs Sean Avery. Any questions?

November 24th @ NYR: Of course this game is important....Why wouldn't it be on this list? Another day where my 2 favorite teams go at it and I sit in Section 420 not knowing who to root for.

December 13th vs Detroit: The Stanley Cup Champs come to Phoenix and the Coyotes will be looking to make some noise against them. Definitely a measuring stick game.

January 8th vs Tampa Bay: Radim Vrbata and Rick Tocchet make their returns to Phoenix with their new team while this year's top draft pick Steven Stamkos makes his debut in the desert.

March 5th @ Boston: Coyotes visit Blake Wheeler and his new team after snubbing the Coyotes. Look for a little bad blood between the Coyotes and their former prospect.

Those are the biggest games of the year besides the usual divisional games which I decided not to put on here. The Coyotes will be looking to make some serious noise this year and get a serious bid at making the playoffs. With alot of young players and leadership, they should be able to. But with a schedule like this, it won't be easy.

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