The 2009-10 National Hockey League schedule will be released tomorrow. We've been snooping around and have learned that the Coyotes first home game will be Saturday October 10th. We've not been able to confirm the opening night opponent from any of our friends but have picked up chatter that it may once again be the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Jackets were the favored opponent of the Coyotes this year with Phoenix winning all four games between the tgeams. We'll take a look at the schedule tomorrow.
One thing to watch for is when the big draws -- Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Boston, New York Rangers etc. -- are scheduled into Phoenix. Last year the league did the Yotes absolutely no favors by sending potential big draws Washington and Pittsburgh into Phoenix on weekday nights in October. If you see bigger draws scheduled on Saturdays early in the season, that would indicate the league has taken some care to help out the gate in Phoenix. One can hope. I know Doug Moss certainly does.