The unique Moose scheduleBy: Chris White | Published: October 27th 2015
The Moose practiced at MTS Iceplex on Tuesday before packing up and flying to Milwaukee on Wednesday.
Thursday’s game against the Admirals is the first of five straight away from MTS Centre over the next two weeks.
And while the team is on the road for the first three games of that spell the calendar turns from October to November – a fact that had me thinking about the Moose schedule by month.
Here’s a look at how things are spread out.
October: 8 games (4 home, and 4 away)
November: 9 games (4 home, and 5 away)
December: 11 games (5 home, and 6 away)
January: 15 games (7 home, and 8 away)
February: 13 games (8 home, and 5 away)
March: 13 games (6 home, and 7 away)
April: 7 games (4 home, and 3 away)
So, that’s 28 of 76 games scheduled through December 2015; the remaining 48 go from January 1 through April 16, 2016.
The longest home stand is eight games and runs from the highly-anticipated New Year’s Eve game against the Iowa Wild at MTS Centre through a Wednesday, January 13th date with the Lake Erie Monsters.
But, for every long stay at home there’s time on the road and the longest patch of travel comes right after that eight game stretch on home ice. The Moose are on the road for eight in-a-row starting with games in Charlotte, NC January 16 and 17 and wrapping up with a game in Ontario, CA on January 30.
As you’d expect, the Moose play most of their games against teams in their division; they’ll face Central Division teams 48 times.
Manitoba has 20 games slated against Pacific Division teams; with Ontario, Stockton, Bakersfield, San Antonio, and Texas on the dance card four times apiece. The Moose don’t face San Diego and San Jose this season.
That means Western Conference contests account for 68 of the team’s 76 matches. The 8 remaining games are against one Eastern Conference foe. The Toronto Marlies, the team that got the Moose 2.0 era started.
The Moose return to home ice Thursday, November 12 against the Chicago Wolves; visit moosehockey.com/tickets to get in on the action!
Mitch Peacock – MooseHockey.com