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Hockey is back! Dallas Stars release schedule

The Dallas Stars just released their 2013 amended schedule.

Starting this Saturday, the Dallas Stars will be skating their way to the Stanley Cup with a 7:00 pm game against the Phoenix Coyotes. And if the Stars are making a run, this is the game to win because former Stars head coach Dave Tippett is bringing his A game with his 6’ 2” and 211 lb netminder and former Stars goalie, Mike Smith, to town.

Since Tippett has arrived in Phoenix the Coyotes have made the playoffs for three straight seasons, won a Pacific Division title, and now a first round playoff series.

Before Dave Tippett arrived in Phoenix, the last time the Coyotes won an NHL playoff series was in 1987, as the AHL’s Winnipeg Jets. Now, the Coyotes have made the playoffs for three straight seasons, won their first Pacific Division title, and made the first round playoffs in the 2011-2012 season, the franchise’s first playoff series win since 1987. The Coyotes’ 2012 run ended against the Los Angeles Kings in game five of a 4-1 series.

Tippett’s team will meet a new Stars organization with a new owner, Tom Gaglardi, a new General Manager, Joe Nieuwendyk, reinstatement of Jim Lites as President and CEO, a new coach but familiar from the Texas Stars, Glen Gulutzan, and several new team members.

The abbreviated schedule this season does shorten some traveling time for the Dallas Stars, who usually have one of the most grueling road trip schedule in the NHL. The shortened schedule also shortens the more desired Eastern Conference division, but to make up for that, each NHL team is spending more time with their Conference division rivals, which for the Stars will be teams like our first game of the season, the Phoenix Coyotes.

The 2013 Dallas Stars schedule is 48 games with an even 24 split on away vs. home games. The fans will welcome 13 weekend games--3 Friday, 7 Saturday, 3 Sunday—with three at or before 5:00 pm. In the Pacific Division, the Stars will rack up 18 games against their divisional rivals--Anaheim, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and San Jose. The Stars play 30 games, three games each team, in both the Central Division--Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Nashville and St. Louis—and the Northwest Division--Calgary, Colorado, Edmonton, Minnesota and Vancouver.

The NHL promised to address the issue of the Western Conference teams’ massive amount of travel during a season and they did, lowering the travel time a bit, but still the Stars face endurance challenges with back-to-back games and what’s worse, back-to-backs with travel in-between the consecutive days.

Trevor Sudbury at Defending Big D said that this new, modified schedule will “help to keep the Western Conference teams fresh as the season progresses, since that have considerably more miles to go compared to the Eastern conference.”

The Stars start the season off with a back-to-back, Phoenix Saturday night, then a long flight to the Stars birthplace, Minnesota. Eight games are back-to-back with four of those sets both games are away, and four are home then away or away then home, but none are both home.

However, the Stars do have a five game home stand, from March 23-April 1 against Colorado, Minnesota, Minnesota, Los Angeles, and Anaheim.

So are you ready for some hockey?

The Stars are and they begin this Saturday night, January 19, at 7:00 pm against the Phoenix Coyotes at the American Airlines Center.

The Dallas Stars calendar schedule can be found here: 2013 Dallas Stars Calendar Schedule.

Go Stars!

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