2010-11 regular season schedule released
Slate features 22 weekend games and four matinees
The Atlantic Division champion Devils will open the 2010-11 season on Friday, Oct. 8, when they host the Dallas Stars at 7 p.m. They hit the road the next night for their first away game, when they visit the Washington Capitals at 7 p.m.
The season opener marks the first of 22 weekend games on the home slate, including 12 contests on Friday, six on Saturday and four on Sunday. Prudential Center will host four matinees: Monday, Oct. 11 vs. Pittsburgh at 1 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 27 vs. Philadelphia at 1 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 23 vs. Florida at 1 p.m.; and Sunday, April 10 vs. Boston at 3 p.m. The Devils will also host two 5 p.m. Starts: Friday, Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta, and Sunday, Jan. 9 vs. Tampa Bay.
Jersey’s Team will play a season-high six-game road trip with stops Sunday, Oct. 24 at the NY Rangers; Wednesday, Oct. 27 at San Jose; Friday, Oct. 29 at Anaheim; Saturday, Oct. 30 at Los Angeles; Monday, Nov. 1 at Vancouver; and Wednesday, Nov. 30 at Chicago.
The Devils will play a season-high eight home games in December; they will be on the road for a season-high seven games in October, January, February, and March. Twelve of the schedule's 19 Friday games will be played at The Rock.
After they close out their western road trip in Chicago on Nov. 3, the Devils leave the Eastern time zone only twice: Saturday, Nov. 20 at St. Louis; and Tuesday, Feb. 22 at Dallas. Jersey's Team will be home for five of its final seven games of the season.
The schedule features two home-and-home series: Thursday, Jan. 6 vs. Philadelphia and Saturday, Jan. 8 at Philadelphia; Sunday, Jan. 9 vs. Tampa Bay and Friday, Jan. 14 at Tampa Bay.
Under the League’s scheduling matrix, each club will play every other club a minimum of once per season. Each team will play the teams in its division three times at home and three times on the road for a total of 24 divisional games. Each club will continue to play 40 games inside its conference but outside its division, twice at hoome and twice on the road. The remaining 18 games will involve each team playing every team in the other conference at least once, home or away, with the three remaining games being devoted to interconference “at-large” scheduling. New Jersey’s three “at-large” opponents for 2010-11 are Dallas, Detroit and San Jose.
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