We interrupt this post with the obligatory message that you shouldn’t make any plans yet with this schedule, because the season may not start on time due to possible labor stoppage because a new CBA hasn’t even started negotiations yet. The current CBA ends September 15th, and the the season Chicago Blackhawks season is scheduled to begin October 13 at the United Center. Hopefully, both side will get this done without games being missed.
The happiest person to see the schedule release had to be Viktor Stalberg, he will be the Hawks leading scorer going into game 2 since the Hawks open up on October 13 at the United Center against the Columbus Blue Jackets(Stalberg had 8 goals 2 assists vs Columbus last season) . It will be the first time since 2005 that the Hawks will open the season at home in the United Center.
The schedule almost has a baseball home stand and road trip feel to it with the Hawks getting a seven game home stand at the end of February which ties for the longest home stand in team history, but it also include 3 six game road trips during the months of November, February, and March. At least there isn’t a nine game road trip included in this year schedule release.
For the first time since the 2006-2007 season the Hawks will not be finishing up the season against the hated Detroit Red Wings, but they will end this season with a home and home against another division rival in the St Louis Blues. Unlike last season, we see the Red Wings early in the season at home in Game 4. Last season our first game against Detroit wasn’t until 2 days before New Years 2012 in game 39 of the season.
The first chance the Hawks get to seek revenge for their playoff loss to the Phoenix Coyotes is October 30 at the United Center.
The Hawks get to their first look at the new Stanley Cup Champs LA Kings on November 20 during their first six game road trip.
The Blackhawks will need to get off to a fast start with 6 games out of the first 8 at home, they also finish the season with 4 out of 6 at home. It all begins hopefully on October 13 if you would like to see the entire 2012-2013 schedule click here
LET’S GO HAWKS!!