As we suspected yesterday, the Coyotes will open their 2009-10 schedule with a game on Saturday October 10 against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The bad news is that the home opener comes after a three game road trip to open the season. The Yotes open on October 3rd in Los Angeles and then go east for back to back games against the Pittsburgh Penguins (October 7) and Buffalo (October 8)
Here are some of the most interesting home games.
Saturday October 17 vs Boston
Thursday October 22 vs. Detroit
Saturday November 21 vs. Philadelphia
Saturday January 2 vs. Detroit
Saturday January 30 vs. New York Rangers
The Coyotes will be happy that the big eastern draws and Detroit are mostly scheduled on Saturday nights. That will certainly help attendance. Unfortunately they will be less happy that Pittsburgh and Washington will not be visiting Glendale this year.
The home schedule includes 18 Saturday nights, 11 Thursdays, 1 Friday (Thanksgiving weekend) and 11 assorted early week nights when we won't be seeing many people from Scottsdale.
Updated: Doug Moss has confirmed that the Coyotes will be moving to 6:00 PM starts on Saturday night in Phoenix. According to Doug, the fans like the earlier start. So do we. This should help alleviate concerns that a 7PM game keeps the kids out too late. And the Diamondbacks have proved that fans in the Valley respond to earlier starting times.