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Red Wings release 2011-2012 schedule: home games still start (mostly) at 7:30 PM

Updated 4x with the media’s take on “highlights” at 3:05 PM: Per DetroitRedWings.com’s John Hahn, here’s the Detroit Red Wings’ release regarding their 2011-2012 regular season schedule:

The Red Wings announced their 2011-12 schedule that includes one of the most fan-friendly schedules for fans throughout Hockeytown to come see the Wings play at Joe Louis Arena as a total of 24 home games are slated for Friday, Saturday or Sunday.  The regular season begins with a fantastic October lineup that starts on opening night with an Eastern Conference battle vs. the Ottawa Senators and their new head coach, former Wings assistant Paul MacLean. The exciting October schedule also includes the first of six “Bobblehead Thursdays” at The Joe when 2011 Stanley Cup finalist Vancouver comes to town on October 13. The first collectable bobblehead will feature Pavel Datsyuk while the final Thursday game of the season, April 5 vs. New Jersey, will honor 7-time Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom.

Highlights throughout the remainder of the season include the return of Red Wings legend Steve Yzerman when Detroit plays host to Tampa Bay on November 30, the Wings’ traditional New Year’s Eve game vs. the St. Louis Blues, a January visit by former Michigan State goaltender Ryan Miller and the Buffalo Sabres, and a matchup of two of the best Russian-born NHL products in March when Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals visit Pavel Datsuk and the Wings.

Here’s the schedule:

Dates Day Times (ET) Opponents Venues TV / Radio

October:

Oct 7 Friday 7 p.m. Ottawa Joe Louis Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Oct 8 Saturday 9 p.m. Colorado Pepsi Center TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Oct 13 Thursday 7:30 p.m. Vancouver Joe Louis Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Oct 15 Saturday 8 p.m. Minnesota Excel Energy Center TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Oct 21 Friday 7:30 p.m. Columbus Joe Louis Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Oct 22 Saturday 7 p.m. Washington Verizon Center TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Oct 25 Tuesday 7 p.m. Columbus Nationwide Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Oct 28 Friday 7:30 p.m. San Jose Joe Louis Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Oct 29 Saturday 8 p.m. Minnesota Xcel Energy Center TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

November:

Nov 1 Tuesday 7:30 p.m. Minnesota Joe Louis Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Nov 3 Thursday 7:30 p.m Calgary Joe Louis Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Nov 5 Saturday 7 p.m. Anaheim Joe Louis Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Nov 8 Tuesday 7:30 p.m. Colorado Joe Louis Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Nov 11 Friday 7:30 p.m. Edmonton Joe Louis Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Nov 12 Saturday 7 p.m. Dallas Joe Louis Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Nov 15 Tuesday 8 p.m. St. Louis Scottrade Center TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Nov 17 Thursday 10:30 p.m. San Jose HP Pavilion TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Nov 19 Saturday 4 p.m. Los Angeles Staples Center TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Nov 20 Sunday 8 p.m. Anaheim Honda Center TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Nov 23 Wednesday 7 p.m. Calgary Joe Louis Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Nov 25 Friday 1 p.m. Boston TD Garden TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Nov 26 Saturday 7 p.m. Nashville Joe Louis Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Nov 30 Wednesday 7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay Joe Louis Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

December:

Dec 2 Friday 7:30 p.m. Buffalo HSBC Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Dec 4 Sunday 8 p.m. Colorado Pepsi Center TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Dec 6 Tuesday 8 p.m. St. Louis Scottrade Center TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Dec 8 Thursday 7:30 p.m. Phoenix Joe Louis Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Dec 10 Saturday 7 p.m. Winnipeg Joe Louis Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Dec 13 Tuesday 7 p.m. Pittsburgh CONSOL Energy Center TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Dec 15 Thursday 8 p.m. Nashville Bridgestone Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Dec 17 Saturday 7 p.m. Los Angeles Joe Louis Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Dec 19 Monday 9:30 p.m. Edmonton Rexall Place TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Dec 21 Wednesday 10 p.m. Vancouver GM Place TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Dec 22 Thursday 9 p.m. Calgary Pengrowth Saddledome TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Dec 26 Monday 8 p.m. Nashville Bridgestone Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Dec 27 Tuesday 7:30 p.m. St. Louis Joe Louis Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Dec 30 Friday 8:30 p.m. Chicago United Center TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Dec 31 Saturday 7 p.m. St. Louis Joe Louis Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

January:

Jan 3 Tuesday 8:30 p.m. Dallas American Airlines Center TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Jan 7 Saturday 7 p.m. Toronto Air Canada Centre TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Jan 8 Sunday 7:30 p.m. Chicago United Center TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Jan 10 Tuesday 7 p.m. NY Islanders Nassau Coliseum TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Jan 12 Thursday 7:30 p.m. Phoenix Joe Louis Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Jan 14 Saturday 12:30 p.m. Chicago Joe Louis Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Jan 16 Monday 7:30 p.m. Buffalo Joe Louis Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Jan 17 Tuesday 8:30 p.m. Dallas American Airlines Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Jan 19 Thursday 9 p.m. Phoenix Jobing.com Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Jan 21 Saturday 7 p.m. Columbus Joe Louis Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Jan 23 Monday 7:30 p.m. St. Louis Joe Louis Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Jan 25 Wednesday 7:30 p.m. Montreal Bell Centre TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Jan 31 Tuesday 9 p.m. Calgary Pengrowth Saddledome TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

February:

Feb 2 Thursday 10 p.m. Vancouver GM Place TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Feb 4 Saturday 10 p.m. Edmonton Rexall Place TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Feb 6 Monday 8 p.m. Phoenix Jobing.com Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Feb 8 Wednesday 7:30 p.m. Edmonton Joe Louis Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Feb 10 Friday 7:30 p.m. Anaheim Joe Louis Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Feb 12 Sunday 4 p.m. Philadelphia Joe Louis Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Feb 14 Tuesday 7:30 p.m. Dallas Joe Louis Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Feb 17 Friday 7:30 p.m. Nashville Joe Louis Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Feb 19 Sunday 12:30 p.m. San Jose Joe Louis Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Feb 21 Tuesday 8:30 p.m. Chicago United Center TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Feb 23 Thursday 7:30 p.m. Vancouver Joe Louis Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Feb 25 Saturday 7 p.m. Colorado Joe Louis Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Feb 28 Tuesday 7 p.m. Columbus Nationwide Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

March:

Mar 2 Friday 7:30 p.m. Minnesota Joe Louis Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Mar 4 Sunday 4 p.m. Chicago Joe Louis Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Mar 6 Tuesday 7 p.m. Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Mar 9 Friday 7:30 p.m. Los Angeles Joe Louis Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Mar 10 Saturday 8 p.m. Nashville Bridgestone Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Mar 13 Tuesday 10:30 p.m. Los Angeles Staples Center TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Mar 14 Wednesday 10 p.m. Anaheim Honda Center TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Mar 17 Saturday 10:30 p.m. San Jose HP Pavilion TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Mar 19 Monday 7:30 p.m. Washington Joe Louis Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Mar 21 Wednesday 7:30 p.m. NY Rangers Madison Square Garden TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Mar 24 Saturday 7 p.m. Carolina Joe Louis Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Mar 26 Monday 7:30 p.m. Columbus Joe Louis Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Mar 28 Wednesday 7:30 p.m. Columbus Nationwide Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Mar 30 Friday 7:30 p.m. Nashville Joe Louis Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

April:

Apr 1 Sunday 4 p.m. Florida Joe Louis Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Apr 4 Wednesday 7:30 p.m. St. Louis Scottrade Center TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Apr 5 Thursday 7:30 p.m. New Jersey Joe Louis Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Apr 7 Saturday 4 p.m. Chicago Joe Louis Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Update: MLive’s Ansar Khan offers the following “highlights”...

We already knew the Red Wings will open at home Oct. 7 against the Ottawa Senators. They will close the season at home on April 7 vs. the Chicago Blackhawks.

Other highlights:

The Tampa Bay Lightning visits Detroit on Nov. 30.

The new Winnipeg team (formerly the Atlanta Thrashers) visits Detroit on Dec. 10.

The Red Wings host the St. Louis Blues on Dec. 31 in their traditional New Year’s Eve game.

The Philadelphia Flyers come to Detroit on Feb. 12.

Red Wings social media coordinator Jake Duhaime offers the following:

One of the best things for our fans is 24 of 41 regular season home games on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. If that wasn’t good enough, six Thursday games have been dubbed “Bobblehead Thursdays” starting with Pavel Datsyuk on October 13th against Vancouver, and concluding with Nick Lidstrom on April 5th against New Jersey.

Other schedule highlights include:

October 7th vs Ottawa
Opening night at JLA is always special, but the 2011 edition will feature Paul MacLean’s return to Hockeytown as the head coach of the Ottawa Senators. Will Ottawa’s game plan focus around Johan Franzen? Mule netted five goals the last time these two clubs met.

October 13th vs Vancouver
The Wings get their first look at Livonia’s own Ryan Kesler and the Western Conference champion Canucks. Detroit and Vancouver also face-off at the Joe on February 23rd.

November 25th at Boston
Got leftovers? The Red Wings face the defending Stanley Cup champions in a Black Friday afternoon matinee. Detroit swept Boston in a pair of meetings last season.

November 30th vs Tampa Bay
Steve Yzerman returns to the Joe as an opponent for the first time. Just one game away from reaching the Stanley Cup Final last season, Tampa Bay probably won’t be able to sneak up on teams in 2011-12. That Steven Stamkos guy is worth the price of admission, not to mention your cover athlete on NHL 2012.

December 10th vs Winnipeg
The Wings don’t travel to Manitoba this season, but they’ll host the soon to be renamed Atlanta Thrashers on December 10th.

December 13th at Pittsburgh
Let’s hope that Sidney Crosby is back for this one. The Wings and Penguins met twice in 2010-11, but #87 didn’t suit up for either game.

January 7th at Toronto and January 25th at Montreal
There’s always something special about the Original Six clubs going toe-to-toe and this is no exception. The Maple Leafs showed glimpses of a bright future with a late season playoff run, while Montreal nearly knocked off the Stanley Cup champion Bruins in the first round.

January 16th vs Buffalo
Will we see Ryan Miller vs. Drew Miller? We don’t know if Drew will be back, but if it happens, you can bet that there will be a lot of Spartans making the trip from East Lansing.

February 19th vs San Jose
This game is scheduled to start at 12:30 on the East Coast, 9:30 a.m. on the West Coast. Just thought that was worth noting as these two clubs renew a budding rivalry.

March 19th vs Washington
Pavel Datsyuk vs. Alex Ovechkin. Get your popcorn ready.

Update #2: Here’s the Free Press’s Helene St. James’ take:

The 2011-12 NHL schedule was released this afternoon, and highlights for the Detroit Red Wings include a New Year’s Eve date with the St. Louis Blues, a visit to the Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins the day after Thanksgiving, and a visit in December from the new club in Winnipeg.

As reported Wednesday, the Wings open Oct. 7 at home against Ottawa. They get a back-to-back right off the bat, as they play at Colorado the next night.

November opens with a six-game home stand, but then it’s off on the road for four games, including a swing to California. The Tampa Bay Lightning play at Joe Louis Arena on Nov. 30, their first visit since former Wings captain Steve Yzerman took over as general manager.

December is highlighted by a visit to Pittsburgh but also features the first trip to western Canada and a game the day after Christmas at Nashville.

January begins with a hodgepodge trip that has stops in Dallas, Toronto, Chicago and the New York Islanders. The Wings play at Montreal right before the All-Star break and head back out to western Canada afterward. Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals are at the Joe on March 19.

The Wings close out the season April 7 against the visiting the Blackhawks.

Update #3: As a reminder, here’s the Wings’ preseason schedule, per MLive’s Ansar Khan:

Sept. 21—at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

Sept. 22—vs. Philadelphia at London, Ontario, 7 p.m.

Sept. 23—vs. Philadelphia at Joe Louis Arena, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 25—vs. Chicago at Joe Louis Arena, 4 p.m.

Sept. 28—at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.

Sept. 30—vs. Toronto at Joe Louis Arena, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 1—at Toronto, 7 p.m.

Oct. 2—vs. Pittsburgh at Joe Louis Arena, 4 p.m.

Update #4: Here’s Ted Kulfan’s take from the Detroit News:

Fans of Original Six matchups aren’t going to be pleased with the Red Wings schedule, which was released Thursday. Other than division rival Chicago, there are no other Original Six teams on the home schedule.

The Wings hosted every Original Six team last season. But with the round-robin way the NHL schedule is formulated, the Wings drew none of those teams this season at JLA. The Wings do travel to Toronto, Montreal, Boston and the New York Rangers — all were at JLA last season — along with Chicago.

There are some notable games on the home schedule, though.

Steve Yzerman’s Tampa Bay Lightning come to JLA on Nov. 30. The St. Louis Blues play in Detroit’s traditional New Year’s Eve game. The team from Winnipeg, which moved from Atlanta, will be at JLA on Dec. 10. And Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals visit Detroit on March 19.

The Wings also host the Ottawa Senators on Friday, Oct. 7 in Detroit’s season and home opener. The Senators are coached by Paul MacLean, who was Mike Babcock’s assistant the last six seasons with the Wings.

Ottawa, Tampa Bay, Winnipeg, Buffalo, Philadelphia, Carolina, Florida and New Jersey are the Eastern Conference teams visiting Detroit this season.

The Wings play each division opponent six times (three home, three away) and every other Western Conference team four times (two home, two away).

One more update: Here’s Chuck Pleiness’s take from the Macomb Daily:

The NHL released the 2011-12 schedule and the Wings open the season at home against former assistant coach Paul MacLean on Oct. 7 at 7 p.m.

The very next night Detroit is at Colorado.

The Vancouver Canucks, who lost in the Stanley Cup finals to the Boston Bruins in seven games, are the Wings’ next home game on Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Steve Yzmeran and his Tampa Bay Lightning visit Joe Louis Arena on Nov. 30.

The Wings play their traditional New Year’s Eve game against the the St. Louis Blues.

Buffalo, Philadelphia and Washington are the three Eastern Conference teams that play the Wings home and away.

Winnipeg, which moved from Atlanta in the offseason, visits Detroit on Dec. 10.

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Comments

Leo_Racicot's avatar

4 sets of b2b games between Dec 21-Jan 8 is really interesting.  Wonder if that’s ever happened before?

Posted by Leo_Racicot on 06/23/11 at 04:23 PM ET

Itrusteddrrahmani's avatar

Why are we only playing the Pens once this year?

Posted by Itrusteddrrahmani from Nyc by way of A2 on 06/23/11 at 04:43 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

H2H3 (assuming it is the same time of the year) would be against Carolina this time around, eh?

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 06/23/11 at 04:59 PM ET

Amerinadian's avatar

Posted by Itrusteddrrahmani from Ann Arbor on 06/23/11 at 02:43 PM ET

The East/West matchups are typically done on a rotating basis. Plus the Wings and Pens are both big draws, so they will try and get them in different cities to increase exposure and ticket sales.

Posted by Amerinadian from Chicago via Toronto on 06/23/11 at 05:46 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Oct 22   Saturday   7 p.m.  Washington   Verizon Center   TBA / 97.1 The Ticket  


OK mid-Atlantic bitches, it is on!

Work up your best, brutal sign for the Verizon Center

Washington Capitals
37 Years
4 Logos
0 Stanley Cups

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 06/23/11 at 06:09 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Following history of Friday evening H2H, H2H3 would likely be March 9 vs LA Kings, or possibly Mar 30 vs Nashville.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 06/23/11 at 06:24 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Oct 7 Friday 7 p.m. Ottawa Joe Louis Arena TBA / 97.1 The Ticket
Oct 8 Saturday 9 p.m. Colorado Pepsi Center TBA / 97.1 The Ticket

Wings start the season with a B2B and fly two time zones.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 06/23/11 at 09:01 PM ET

Slumpy's avatar

Hey George, who is in charge of making these schedules exactly? I mean does the league keep this top secret because having home games against two of our oldest rivals the Habs and Buds pisses me off.

Can’t wait to see the BJs and Preds at The Joe several times instead mad

Posted by Slumpy from Detroit on 06/23/11 at 11:11 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

But the BJs and Preds CLAIM to have a strong rivalry w/ Detroit. Hahaha.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 06/24/11 at 02:29 AM ET

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Glad to see so many Original Six franchises visiting the Joe this year…

do Detroit fans need to say anymore about the need to switch conferences…

Posted by dca from Alexandria, VA (Bugsy's Bar) on 06/24/11 at 02:43 AM ET

Red Winger's avatar

the final Thursday game of the season, April 5 vs. New Jersey, will honor 7-time Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom

The game that the franchise will honor Nick for his impending retirement at the end of the season..

You heard it here first.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 06/24/11 at 01:04 PM ET

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