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Usual suspects dot Red Wings’ pre-season

The Detroit Red Wings released their pre-season schedule this afternoon, and it remains both Jam-packed and full of the usual teams that the Wings play, with one exception—the Wings will play the Chicago Blackhawks twice instead of the New York Rangers. Here’s the sked, 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.

Khan believes that the NHL may release its regular-season schedule for the 2011-2012 season as early as next week, which is quite early. The NHL usually does so in mid-July.

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MsRedWinger's avatar

It would be pretty amazing if we had the regular season schedule by next week.  Is it September 21 yet?

Posted by MsRedWinger from the State where Tigers roam in the Spring on 06/20/11 at 04:27 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Heh.  B2B games already in the pre-season.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 06/20/11 at 04:42 PM ET


The only reason the schedule will be out early will to help silence the critics about the realignment of the conferences…

Posted by KcJacoby from Livonia on 06/20/11 at 04:43 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

How will that silence anything?  Everyone knows no realignment is happening this summer.

Posted by RWBill on 06/20/11 at 06:35 PM ET


I know management wants to keep travel costs and time down for preseason (by scheduling Chicago, Toronto, Pitt, Philly), but wouldn’t it be nice to see a Tampa, Wash DC, or the Habs team

—-you know the teams the Wings fans rarely see—instead of Chicago. It’s not like fans are going to drive to the other cities to see a pre-season game anyways…often some stupid injury happens when playing the division member (Toronto is still “the rival” despite what Blackhawk fans think) and fans (and sometimes players) think it was deliberate. Plus if you’re going to do Chicago why not play at GR’s Van Andel for one of the games the other in Rockford or something…do something to change the dynamic

Toronto is a definite must as long as they are in the East—why is that game not in Hamilton or London instead of Philly (Philly’s pre-season games should be in Hersey)? Pitt is a good match-up since the recent playoff rivalry.

Posted by dca from Alexandria, VA (Bugsy's Bar) on 06/20/11 at 08:20 PM ET

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