Extended road trips highlight schedule
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The schedule invariably changes a bit from season to season, but the one the Penguins have been given for 2012-13 is unlike just about any other they've had.
There will be not just one, but two stretches of six consecutive games on the road.
A seven-game homestand will be the longest in four seasons.
And, for the first time in franchise history, no Saturday night home games.
All assuming, of course, that next season isn't called off or shortened by a labor dispute that could follow the expiration of the NHL's collective bargaining agreement Sept. 15.
The Penguins are scheduled to open the season against the New York Islanders on Oct. 12 at Consol Energy Center, then travel to Buffalo for their first away game the next night.
That will be the first of 14 sets of games to be played on consecutive days.
The two runs of a half-dozen away games will be Oct. 26-Nov. 7 and Feb. 26-March 9, while the extended homestand will be March 10-22.
That will be the longest since March 14-April 1, 2009, when the Penguins played eight in a row at Mellon Arena.
A team official confirmed that neither of the long stretches away from Consol Energy Center stems from a scheduling issue at the arena.
The Penguins will, however, finish the season with games at Philadelphia, Tampa Bay and Florida April 9-13 because the NCAA's Frozen Four will be played at Consol Energy Center that weekend.
Some other points of interest:
• There are just four Saturday games (Nov. 10, Feb. 2, March 16 and March 30) at Consol Energy Center, and all are scheduled to start at 1:08 p.m.
• Nine of the first 13 games will be on the road.
• Philadelphia, which defeated the Penguins in Round 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs this year, will not make the first of its three visits to Consol Energy Center until Feb. 12. The Penguins will travel to Philadelphia Oct. 18 for their second away game of the season.
• Thanksgiving will be bookended by home games against New Jersey Nov. 21 and Carolina Nov. 23.
• Washington will play a New Year's Eve game at Consol Energy Center.
• Los Angeles, the Stanley Cup champion, will visit Pittsburgh Feb. 10.
• Detroit, Minnesota and St. Louis are the only Western Conference teams the Penguins will play twice, with a home and away game against each.
First Published June 22, 2012 12:00 am