The Detroit Red Wings released their regular season schedule for the 2009-10 season Wednesday afternoon.
As previously announced the Wings will open the season in Stockholm, Sweden, with a pair of games against the St. Louis Blues on October 2 and 3.
Detroit’s home opener will see former Wings Marian Hossa and Tomas Kopecky visit as members of the Chicago Blackhawks on October 8. One game later, Alexander Ovechkin brings the Washington Capitals to town.
The Red Wings will have three five-game road trips but their traditional New Years Eve game returns to the schedule with the Colorado Avalanche visiting Joe Louis Arena.
The Wings have three home-and-home series on the schedule, two in late December against Chicago and the Columbus Blue Jackets and one more in April against Columbus.
Games on consecutive days appear twelve times. Aside from the two games in Stockholm, every single one of those sets involves travel between games, though one is only from Newark, New Jersey, to New York City.
Detroit’s previously-announced preseason schedule is as follows:
September 16 – Philadelphia – 7:30
September 18 – NY Rangers – 7:30
September 19 – Buffalo – 7:00
September 21 – @ NY Rangers – 7:00
September 22 – @ Philadelphia – 7:00
September 25 – Toronto – 7:30
September 26 – @ Toronto – 7:00
September 27 – Pittsburgh – 5:00
September 30 – @ Farjestads BK – Time TBD