Now that the Phoenix Coyotes have finalized their 2008-2009 regular season schedule, television color analyst Darren Pang breaks down the key games and what to look for against specific opponents.
You can tell he is looking forward to the return of a more well-balanced schedule format where it was prior to the lockout which cancelled the 2004-2005 season. The Coyotes will play all of the other 29 National Hockey League teams at least once for the upcoming campaign. Among those Pang highlights, they include:
*the season opener at home against the Columbus Blue Jackets on October 11, 2008
*Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals visit Phoenix on October 23, 2008
*Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and the Pittsburgh Penguins arrive on October 30, 2008
*first home meeting against ex-Coyote Jeremy Roenick and the Pacific Division rival San Jose Sharks on November 9, 2008
*face the Dallas Stars in Phoenix for the first time on November 15, 2008
*for the second straight season, the Toronto Maple Leafs face the Coyotes on the road on December 4, 2008
*many of those snowbirds that root for the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings get to see their team visit on December 13, 2008 and January 20, 2009
*former assistant coach Rick Tocchet and the Tampa Bay Lightning play at Jobing.com Arena on January 8, 2009
*Anaheim Ducks don't play in Phoenix until January 27, 2009
*Ilya Kovalchuk and the Atlanta Thrashers come to the desert on February 19, 2009
There certainly is much to look forward to as far as big home games for the Coyotes during the 2008-2009 season! Check out the video below and hear what Panger has to say about it.
video courtesy: Phoenix Coyotes