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Arizona Coyotes Release 2015-16 Schedule: Season starts on October 9 in Los Angeles

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The Coyotes announced their schedule for the upcoming season on Thursday morning.

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While off ice news has dominated the Coyotes landscape the past few months, from the draft lottery to the battle between the team and the City of Glendale over their lease agreement, the business of the upcoming season took center stage this week. Yesterday, the team announced the team's home opener would be against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Today, the entire NHL schedule was released.

The Desert Dogs start and end their upcoming campaign on the road against divisional opponents. They start things off in Los Angeles on Friday October 9 and their regular season come to a close in San Jose on April 9, 2016. Their home game schedule starts and end with two Metropolitan division opponents. As mentioned above, Sidney Crosby's team will be their opponent in the home opener. Crosby's nemesis (insert NHL narrative here), Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals will be the last team to visit Gila River Arena during the 2015-1016 regular season.

The Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks will make two appearances in the Valley. The first one on Tuesday December 29 and the second one on Thursday February 4. The Hawks opponent in Cup Final, the Tampa Bay Lightning, will visit Glendale on Saturday March 19.

The Yotes have one game scheduled in the morning Mountain time. They play an 11am game against the Flyers in Philadelphia on Saturday February 27. The teams match-up again for their only other meeting on March 26 in Glendale. However, the game in Arizona won't be a brunch time affair.

Speaking of game times, the biggest change Coyotes fans may notice compared to recent seasons is every single home game, with the exception of Saturday November 28 against Ottawa and Wednesday February 10 against Vancouver, are scheduled to start at 7pm. The two exceptions are due to the games being broadcast on national television in Canada.

Other interesting notes:

  • The Coyotes will avoid the 800 pound American sports gorilla which is the NFL for the most part. They have no Sunday home games and have no Monday games during the NFL season. This means they only have to worry about competing for fans on four Thursday nights in the fall and Saturday December 26. And two of the aforementioned games involve the Oilers who have a sizable fanbase in town. In addition, none of the NFL games they will go up against involve the hometown Arizona Cardinals.
  • The Desert Dogs longest homestand is seven games in the middle of January.
  • If your family is from somewhere else and likes hockey this might be the perfect year to invite them to town for Thanksgiving. The Yotes play three home games in four days around the holiday.
  • The road schedule is broken up fairly well. Their longest road trips are a pair of five game sets early in the season. Their only long roadies are four game sets, including one to finish the season. Nothing too crazy.
  • The Coyotes home season finale will be their earliest ever since the franchise arrived in the Valley. The earliest their home schedule had ended prior to the upcoming season was on April 3, 2004.

October 2015
Date Visitor Home Time (MT)
Fri Oct 9, 2015 Coyotes Kings 7:30 PM
Sat Oct 10, 2015 Penguins Coyotes 7:00 PM
Wed Oct 14, 2015 Coyotes Ducks 7:30 PM
Thu Oct 15, 2015 Wild Coyotes 7:00 PM
Sat Oct 17, 2015 Bruins Coyotes 7:00 PM
Tue Oct 20, 2015 Coyotes Devils 4:00 PM
Thu Oct 22, 2015 Coyotes Rangers 4:00 PM
Sat Oct 24, 2015 Coyotes Senators 4:00 PM
Mon Oct 26, 2015 Coyotes Maple Leafs 4:30 PM
Tue Oct 27, 2015 Coyotes Bruins 4:00 PM
Fri Oct 30, 2015 Canucks Coyotes 7:00 PM
November 2015
Date Visitor Home Time (MT)
Thu Nov 5, 2015 Avalanche Coyotes 7:00 PM
Sat Nov 7, 2015 Rangers Coyotes 7:00 PM
Mon Nov 9, 2015 Coyotes Ducks 8:00 PM
Tue Nov 10, 2015 Coyotes Kings 8:30 PM
Thu Nov 12, 2015 Oilers Coyotes 7:00 PM
Sat Nov 14, 2015 Coyotes Blue Jackets 5:00 PM
Mon Nov 16, 2015 Coyotes Islanders 5:00 PM
Thu Nov 19, 2015 Coyotes Canadiens 5:30 PM
Sat Nov 21, 2015 Coyotes Jets 5:00 PM
Wed Nov 25, 2015 Ducks Coyotes 7:00 PM
Fri Nov 27, 2015 Flames Coyotes 7:00 PM
Sat Nov 28, 2015 Senators Coyotes 8:00 PM
December 2015
Date Visitor Home Time (MT)
Tue Dec 1, 2015 Coyotes Predators 6:00 PM
Thu Dec 3, 2015 Coyotes Red Wings 5:30 PM
Fri Dec 4, 2015 Coyotes Sabres 5:00 PM
Sun Dec 6, 2015 Coyotes Hurricanes 3:00 PM
Tue Dec 8, 2015 Coyotes Blues 6:00 PM
Fri Dec 11, 2015 Wild Coyotes 7:00 PM
Sat Dec 12, 2015 Hurricanes Coyotes 7:00 PM
Thu Dec 17, 2015 Blue Jackets Coyotes 7:00 PM
Sat Dec 19, 2015 Islanders Coyotes 7:00 PM
Tue Dec 22, 2015 Maple Leafs Coyotes 7:00 PM
Sat Dec 26, 2015 Kings Coyotes 7:00 PM
Sun Dec 27, 2015 Coyotes Avalanche 6:00 PM
Tue Dec 29, 2015 Blackhawks Coyotes 7:00 PM
Thu Dec 31, 2015 Jets Coyotes 7:00 PM
January 2016
Date Visitor Home Time (MT)
Sat Jan 2, 2016 Coyotes Oilers 2:00 PM
Mon Jan 4, 2016 Coyotes Canucks 8:00 PM
Thu Jan 7, 2016 Coyotes Flames 7:00 PM
Sat Jan 9, 2016 Predators Coyotes 7:00 PM
Tue Jan 12, 2016 Oilers Coyotes 7:00 PM
Thu Jan 14, 2016 Red Wings Coyotes 7:00 PM
Sat Jan 16, 2016 Devils Coyotes 7:00 PM
Mon Jan 18, 2016 Sabres Coyotes 7:00 PM
Thu Jan 21, 2016 Sharks Coyotes 7:00 PM
Sat Jan 23, 2016 Kings Coyotes 7:00 PM
Mon Jan 25, 2016 Coyotes Wild 6:30 PM
Tue Jan 26, 2016 Coyotes Jets 6:00 PM
February 2016
Date Visitor Home Time (MT)
Tue Feb 2, 2016 Kings Coyotes 7:00 PM
Thu Feb 4, 2016 Blackhawks Coyotes 7:00 PM
Fri Feb 5, 2016 Coyotes Ducks 8:00 PM
Wed Feb 10, 2016 Canucks Coyotes 7:30 PM
Fri Feb 12, 2016 Flames Coyotes 7:00 PM
Sat Feb 13, 2016 Coyotes Sharks 8:30 PM
Mon Feb 15, 2016 Canadiens Coyotes 7:00 PM
Thu Feb 18, 2016 Stars Coyotes 7:00 PM
Sat Feb 20, 2016 Blues Coyotes 7:00 PM
Mon Feb 22, 2016 Coyotes Capitals 5:00 PM
Tue Feb 23, 2016 Coyotes Lightning 5:30 PM
Thu Feb 25, 2016 Coyotes Panthers 5:30 PM
Sat Feb 27, 2016 Coyotes Flyers 11:00 AM
Mon Feb 29, 2016 Coyotes Penguins 5:00 PM
March 2016
Date Visitor Home Time (MT)
Thu Mar 3, 2016 Ducks Coyotes 7:00 PM
Sat Mar 5, 2016 Panthers Coyotes 7:00 PM
Mon Mar 7, 2016 Coyotes Avalanche 7:00 PM
Wed Mar 9, 2016 Coyotes Canucks 8:00 PM
Fri Mar 11, 2016 Coyotes Flames 7:00 PM
Sat Mar 12, 2016 Coyotes Oilers 8:00 PM
Thu Mar 17, 2016 Sharks Coyotes 7:00 PM
Sat Mar 19, 2016 Lightning Coyotes 7:00 PM
Sun Mar 20, 2016 Coyotes Sharks 7:00 PM
Tue Mar 22, 2016 Oilers Coyotes 7:00 PM
Thu Mar 24, 2016 Stars Coyotes 7:00 PM
Sat Mar 26, 2016 Flyers Coyotes 7:00 PM
Mon Mar 28, 2016 Flames Coyotes 7:00 PM
Thu Mar 31, 2016 Coyotes Stars 5:30 PM
April 2016
Date Visitor Home Time (MT)
Sat Apr 2, 2016 Capitals Coyotes 7:00 PM
Mon Apr 4, 2016 Coyotes Blues 5:00 PM
Tue Apr 5, 2016 Coyotes Blackhawks 5:30 PM
Thu Apr 7, 2016 Coyotes Predators 5:00 PM
Sat Apr 9, 2016 Coyotes Sharks 7:30 PM