The 2011-2012 regular season schedule was released back in June for the Carolina Hurricanes and we have taken some time to slice, dice and done whatever else you can do to a schedule. The schedule does seem to benefit the Hurricanes a bit since last year, mainly because they don’t have to play hockey for a month on the road (both nationally and internationally) before returning home to the RBC Center. Opening night is on October 7th against the Tampa Bay Lightning (in case you didn’t hear already), which could come as the slightest bit of redemption as the Canes couldn’t get the job done against Tampa during the last game of the season last year. Below are some highlights of the schedule that we found pretty note-worthy.
- November will be an extremely important month for the Hurricanes. There are 15 total games, 10 of which come at home. The games are pretty evenly spread out, too, with only 2 sets of back-to-back games during the month. Fans who are having family coming into town for Thanksgiving can take them to a game either on the 23rd vs MTL or the 25th vs WPG. I highly recommend the Montreal game – Erik Cole’s return to the RBC Center…or, you know…go to both.
- In contrast to last year where the Canes played their final 10 of 16 games at home, the back-end of their schedule is pretty road-heavy. The Canes play their final 12 of 17 games on the road, including 4 back-to-back sets ( @WSH/@BUF, @TBL/@FLA, @MIN/@WPG, @CBJ/@DET). Luckily for the Canes, they play 7 out of 8 games at home before this set of road-heavy games.
- There will be no New Year’s Eve extravaganza at the RBC Center for the second year in a row, as the Canes don’t play at their home arena from December 30th to January 3rd, when they take on the New York Islanders.
- The Hurricanes play on Versus (or NBC Sports … whatever they’re calling it now) four times this season, including 10/12 (vs BOS), 11/8 (@ NJD), 2/20 (vs WSH) and 3/12 (@ NYR). They will also play 7 times on TSN/TSN2, once on CBC, 4 times on RDS and twice on the NHL Network for back-to-back games (2/2 @BOS, 2/4 vs LAK). All in all, not a bad showing for the Canes on various networks in the US and Canada. It has been much, much worse in the past.
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