The Dallas Stars will open the 2012-13 National Hockey League regular season, their 20th year in Texas and 46th in franchise history, on the road against the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday, Oct. 13 at Glendale Arena, followed by a matchup with the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday, Oct. 14 at the Honda Center.
The Stars will then play their home opener against the Coyotes on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at American Airlines Center.
The Dallas Stars are celebrating 20 years in Dallas during the 2012-13 season with special events, commemorative merchandise, all honoring the team's past and present players. The club will also wear a commemorative 20-year patch on its jerseys. The design of this patch will be released at a later date.
A CLOSER LOOK AT THE STARS’ 82-GAME SCHEDULE:
The Stars are scheduled to play 82 games during the 2012-13 campaign, with 41 contests at home and 41 on the road. The NHL schedule remains heavily-structured around conference play, especially against the team’s respective division.
Dallas plays in the NHL’s Pacific Division of theWestern Conference, and will play 24 divisional games against rivals Anaheim, Los Angeles, Phoenix and San Jose (six times each -- three at home, three away).
The Stars will faceoff a total of 40 times against non-division Western Conference foes in the Central Division (Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Nashville and St. Louis) and the Northwest Division (Calgary, Colorado, Edmonton, Minnesota and Vancouver), with four games against each opponent (twice at home, twice away).
Dallas will play a total of 18 games against Eastern Conference opponents, skating against all 15 Eastern teams once and facing off against three Eastern clubs (NY Rangers, Tampa Bay and Washington) both home and away.
The nine Eastern Conference teams that the Stars will host at American Airlines Center are: Buffalo, Carolina, Montreal, New Jersey, NY Rangers, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Washington and Winnipeg.
The home schedule features 20 weekend contests (five Friday, 12 Saturday, three Sunday).
Dallas will host five weekend matinees:
- Sunday, Nov. 25 vs. Los Angeles (2 p.m.)
- Saturday, Dec. 1 vs. Pittsburgh (1 p.m.)
- Saturday, Jan. 12 vs. Montreal Canadiens (2 p.m.)
- Sunday, Feb. 17 vs. Calgary Flames (5 p.m.)
- Sunday, March 3 vs. New Jersey Devils (2 p.m.)
NEW START TIMES FOR WEEKNIGHT GAMES:
Most weeknight games at American Airlines Center will now commence at 7 p.m. instead of the 7:30 p.m. starts that have been the case in recent years.
Many fans had requested earlier starts during the week, allowing more families to attend games and get home at earlier times. The Stars haveacknowledged and accommodated these requests, and while there will be an occasional later start for television purposes, all Dallas Stars night games (weeknight and weekend) will be 7 p.m. starts.
The Stars’ longest home stand this season is fivegames, which will happen two separate times, the first being from Dec. 27-Jan. 8 (Columbus, Minnesota, Nashville, NY Rangers and Phoenix) with the second occurring from March 23-April 1 (Buffalo, Los Angeles, Detroit, Tampa Bay and Anaheim).
GAMES YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS:
- Dallas’ home opener against the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday, Oct. 16
- Friday, Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving, Alex Ovechkin, Mike Green and the Washington Capitals make their first trip to Dallas in almost two years
- Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar, Conn Smythe Trophy winner Jonathan Quick, and the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings cap off Thanksgiving week with a matinee game in Dallas on Sunday, Nov. 25
- Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and the Pittsburgh Penguins visit Dallas on Saturday, Dec. 1
- Christmas break offers three home games Dec. 21, 27 and 29 facing the St. Louis Blues, Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild respectively
- The Stars will host the Nashville Predators on Dec. 31 to continue a 15-year tradition of hockey on New Year’s Eve in Dallas, followed by fireworks on the AT&T Plaza after the game.
- Jan. 4 against the New York Rangers brings former Star Brad Richards back to Dallas for the first time
- Spring Break – If a “stay-cation” is the plan for Spring Break 2013, take in a Dallas Stars game on March 12 against the Anaheim Ducks and March 16 against Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks
Dallas Stars Season Seats are available now, offering the ultimate locations, benefits and flexibility available in any ticket plan. Half Season and 12-Game Plans are also currently available and can be secured with an initial payment now. Schedules for all non-full season plans will be available in the coming weeks following today’s schedule release.
You may also secure priority for 2012-13 group events for all groups of 20 or more by submitting a group priority deposit. Groups of 20 or more receive special savings from single game ticket prices and added amenities.
To secure your seats for the 2012-13 Dallas Stars season, please call 214-GO STARS!
The Stars’ television schedule will be released later this summer.
STARS SCHEDULE NOTES:
Home Games by Day: Mon. – 4, Tues. – 8, Wed. – 1, Thurs. – 8, Fri. – 5, Sat. – 12, Sun – 3
Road Games by Day: Mon. – 3, Tues. – 11, Wed. – 3, Thurs. – 8, Fri. – 5, Sat. – 8, Sun – 3
Home Games by Month: Oct. – 4, Nov. – 8, Dec. – 5, Jan. – 6, Feb. – 6, Mar. – 9, Apr. – 3
Road Games by Month: Oct. – 5, Nov. – 7, Dec. – 8, Jan. – 5, Feb. – 6, Mar. – 6, Apr. - 4
Games by Conference/Division:
Western Conference (64) - Pacific Division (24) Northwest Division (20) Central Division (20) Eastern Conference (18) - Southeast Division (7) Atlantic Division (6) Northeast Division (5)
Opponents’ Visits to Dallas (41):
Anaheim-3, Boston-0, Buffalo-1, Calgary-2, Carolina-1, Chicago-2, Colorado-2, Columbus-2, Detroit-2, Edmonton-2, Florida-0, Los Angeles-3, Minnesota-2, Montreal-1, Nashville-2, New Jersey-1, NY Islanders-0, NY Rangers-1, Ottawa-0, Philadelphia-0, Phoenix-3, Pittsburgh-1, St. Louis-2, San Jose-3, Tampa Bay-1, Toronto-0, Vancouver-2, Washington-1, Winnipeg-1.
Stars’ Visits to Road Cities (41):
Anaheim-3, Boston-1, Buffalo-0, Calgary-2, Carolina-0, Chicago-2, Colorado-2, Columbus-2, Detroit-2, Edmonton-2, Florida-1, Los Angeles-3, Minnesota-2, Montreal-0, Nashville-2, New Jersey-0, NY Islanders-1, NY Rangers-1, Ottawa-1, Philadelphia-1, Phoenix-3, Pittsburgh-0, St. Louis-2, San Jose-3, Tampa Bay-1, Toronto-1, Vancouver-2, Washington-1, Winnipeg-0.
1st Half/2nd Half:
The Stars will play 20 of their first 41 games at home, while finishing the second half with 21 of the final 41 games at home.
- Overall: 12 sets (24 games total)
- Back-to-back games at home: 7
- Back-to-backgames on the road: 17
- Road game followed by home game next day: 3
- Home game followed by road game next day: 2
- Home game followed by home game next day: 1
- Road game followed by road game next day: 6