Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Schedule for 2004-05 NHL Season Released

In light of a NHL lockout season, the National Hockey League has made public their 2004-05 schedule.

Beginning with October 13th, the NHL drops the puck on it's 88th season. The Tampa Bay Lightning raises the Stanley Cup banner (plus a Southeast Division and Eastern Conference banner) on that day with a game against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Lightning and Flames won't get a rematch until Nov. 11th.

Some other dates most notable on the schedule will be the Hall of Fame game featuring the Leafs and Bruins on Nov. 6th, the All-Star Game in Atlanta on February 12th, and Tampa Bay will also take part in the leagues only neutral-site game against Buffalo on Oct 18th in Rochester, NY.

Hockey Day in Canada, which is considered a national holiday, will be covered by CBC on Feb 19th with Ottawa at Montreal, Edmonton at Toronto and Calgary at Vancouver.

My Pittsburgh Penguins start the year on the road against the NY Rangers on October 15th and come home to play the Rangers again on the 16th.

From a Yahoo! Sports article, I find this most newsworthy
For the first time in NHL history, all 30 teams will be in action on March 26. A lineup of 14 games has taken place nine times, most recently on November 1, 2003.
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