2015-2016 Phantoms Schedule Released

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A couple things that I think are important as a fan:

  • Last season, we had 11 mid-week home dates, which was significantly more than most teams.  This season only 6, with more use of the Sundays–which I think will be even better for attendance.
  • Last season, 8 “3-in-3” occurrences, which requires the team to play three games in three days.  It’s a necessary evil in AHL hockey, but it’s not always fair as one team heads into the third game fresher and/or without travelling.  This season we have 9 of them, so I guess it’s about par for the course.
  • Last season, twice we had to go two weeks plus without a home hockey game.  How am I supposed to survive that long without Crab Fries, huh?  This season there are three such times, in October following opening night, as we head to New England at the end of November, and a big stretch at the start of March.  Perhaps those are opportunities for Phan Nation road trips?
  • With the new divisional alignment we’ll see more teams, more times this season, including plenty of games against the North Division.  We’ll play Binghamton 8 times and see some teams like Utica, and Syracuse whom we haven’t faced much in the past.
  • There will be two “overlap days with the IronPigs, April 15 and 17. However, that last game on Sunday April 17 should allow us to go straight from the Pigs to the arena and catch both!

 

That’s all I’ve got for now.  I really like that the Phantoms should have a downloadable version of this available so that I can get it integrated with my Google Calendar.  I missed 8 games last season, and I hope to miss less this season.

See you at the arena,

@Kram209



Categories: Kram's Korner - From the Club Level, Phantoms Hockey, PPL Center Arena

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  1. UPDATED: complete list of games, and stats, via the Phantoms web page:

    PRESEASON
    Wed. September 30, 2015 (7:05) at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
    Sat. October 3, 2015 (5:05) HARTFORD WOLF PACK
    Sun. October 4, 2015 (5:05) WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON PENGUINS

    REGULAR SEASON
    Sat. October 10, 2015 (7:05) SYRACUSE CRUNCH
    Fri. October 16, 2015 (7:00) at Springfield Falcons
    Sat. October 17, 2015 (4:05) at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
    Fri. October 23, 2015 (7:05) at Providence Bruins
    Sat. October 24, 2015 (7:05) PROVIDENCE BRUINS
    Sun. October 25, 2015 (5:05) TORONTO MARLIES
    Wed. October 28, 2015 (7:05) ST. JOHN’S ICECAPS
    Fri. October 30, 2015 (7:05) ST. JOHN’S ICECAPS

    Sun. November 1, 2015 (5:00) at Hershey Bears
    Fri. November 6, 2015 (7:05) HERSHEY BEARS
    Sat. November 7, 2015 (7:00) at Syracuse Crunch
    Sun. November 8, 2015 (5:05) BINGHAMTON SENATORS
    Wed. November 11, 2015 (7:05) at Binghamton Senators
    Fri. November 13, 2015 (7:05) ROCHESTER AMERICANS
    Sat. November 14, 2015 (7:05) ALBANY DEVILS
    Fri. November 20, 2015 (7:05) at Providence Bruins
    Sat. November 21, 2015 (7:00) at Hartford Wolf Pack
    Sun. November 22, 2015 (3:05) at Providence Bruins
    Wed. November 25, 2015 (7:00) at Utica Comets
    Fri. November 27, 2015 (7:05) HERSHEY BEARS
    Sat. November 28, 2015 (7:05) PROVIDENCE BRUINS

    Wed. December 2, 2015 (7:00) at Utica Comets
    Fri. December 4, 2015 (7:05) at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
    Sat. December 5, 2015 (7:00) at Hershey Bears
    Wed. December 9, 2015 (7:05) HERSHEY BEARS
    Fri. December 11, 2015 (7:05) WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON PENGUINS
    Sat. December 12, 2015 (7:05) SPRINGFIELD FALCONS
    Wed. December 16, 2015 (7:05) WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON PENGUINS
    Fri. December 18, 2015 (7:05) HERSHEY BEARS
    Sat. December 19, 2015 (7:05) at Binghamton Senators
    Sat. December 26, 2015 (7:05) BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS
    Sun. December 27, 2015 (4:05) at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
    Tues. December 29, 2015 (7:05) at Binghamton Senators
    Thurs. December 31, 2015 (5:00) at Hershey Bears

    Sat. January 2, 2016 (7:00) at Portland Pirates
    Sun. January 3, 2016 (4:00) at Portland Pirates
    Fri. January 8, 2016 (7:05) WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON PENGUINS
    Sat. January 9, 2016 (5:00) at Albany Devils
    Sun. January 10, 2016 (5:05) BINGHAMTON SENATORS
    Fri. January 15, 2016 (7:05) HERSHEY BEARS
    Sat. January 16, 2016 (7:05) HARTFORD WOLF PACK
    Sun. January 17, 2016 (5:00) at Bridgeport Sound Tigers
    Sat. January 23, 2016 (7:00) at Hershey Bears
    Wed. January 27, 2016 (7:05) BINGHAMTON SENATORS
    Fri. January 29, 2016 (7:05) WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON PENGUINS
    Sat. January 30, 2016 (7:05) at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

    Fri. February 5, 2016 (7:00) at Bridgeport Sound Tigers
    Sat. February 6, 2016 (7:00) at Hershey Bears
    Wed. February 10, 2016 (7:05) BINGHAMTON SENATORS
    Fri. February 12, 2016 (7:05) PORTLAND PIRATES
    Sat. February 13, 2016 (7:05) UTICA COMETS
    Fri. February 19, 2016 (7:05) SPRINGFIELD FALCONS
    Sat. February 20, 2016 (7:05) BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS
    Sun. February 21, 2016 (5:00) at Springfield Falcons
    Fri. February 26, 2016 (7:05) HARTFORD WOLF PACK
    Sat. February 27, 2016 (7:05) UTICA COMETS
    Sun. February 28, 2016 (5:00) at Hartford Wolf Pack

    Wed. March 2, 2016 (7:00) at Syracuse Crunch
    Fri. March 4, 2016 (7:05) WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON PENGUINS
    Sat. March 5, 2016 (7:05) at Binghamton Senators
    Wed. March 9, 2016 (7:05) at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
    Sat. March 12, 2016 (3:00) at Hartford Wolf Pack
    Wed. March 16, 2016 (7:05) at Rochester Americans
    Fri. March 18, 2016 (7:00) at Toronto Marlies
    Sun. March 20, 2016 (5:05) PORTLAND PIRATES
    Wed. March 23, 2016 (7:05) HERSHEY BEARS
    Fri. March 25, 2016 (7:05) PROVIDENCE BRUINS
    Sat. March 26, 2016 (7:05) HARTFORD WOLF PACK

    Fri. April 1, 2016 (6:00) at St. John’s IceCaps
    Sat. April 2, 2016 (6:00) at St. John’s IceCaps
    Fri. April 8, 2016 (7:05) at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
    Sat. April 9, 2016 (7:05) BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS
    Sun. April 10, 2016 (5:00) at Bridgeport Sound Tigers
    Fri. April 15, 2016 (7:05) WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON PENGUINS
    Sat. April 16, 2016 (7:00) at Hershey Bears
    Sun. April 17, 2016 (5:05) SYRACUSE CRUNCH

    NHL Affiliations for Opponents of Lehigh Valley Phantoms (Philadelphia Flyers)
    Albany (New Jersey Devils)
    Binghamton (Ottawa Senators)
    Bridgeport (New York Islanders)
    Hartford (New York Rangers)
    Hershey (Washington Capitals)
    Portland (Florida Panthers)
    Providence (Boston Bruins)
    Rochester (Buffalo Sabres)
    Springfield (Arizona Coyotes)
    St. John’s (Montreal Canadiens)
    Syracuse (Tampa Bay Lightning)
    Toronto (Toronto Maple Leafs)
    Utica (Vancouver Canucks)
    Wilkes-Barre/Scr. (Pittsburgh Penguins)

    Schedule Breakdown By Opponents (Home/Away)
    Atlantic Division – 50 (25/25)
    Bridgeport – 6 (3/3)
    Hartford – 6 (3/3)
    Hershey – 12 (6/6)
    Portland – 4 (2/2)
    Providence – 6 (3/3)
    Springfield – 4 (2/2)
    Wilkes-Barre/Scr. – 12 (6/6)

    North Division – 26 (13/13)
    Albany – 2 (1/1)
    Binghamton – 8 (4/4)
    Rochester – 2 (1/1)
    St. John’s – 4 (2/2)
    Syracuse – 4 (2/2)
    Toronto – 2 (1/1)
    Utica – 4 (2/2)

    By Day (Home/Away)
    Friday – 23 (15/8)
    Saturday – 26 (12/14)
    Sunday – 13 (5/8)
    Monday – 0 (0/0)
    Tuesday – 1 (0/1)
    Wednesday – 12 (6/6)
    Thursday – 1 (0/1)

    By Month (Home/Away)
    October – 8 (5/3)
    November – 13 (6/7)
    December – 13 (6/7)
    January – 12 (6/6)
    February – 11 (7/4)
    March – 11 (5/6)
    April – 8 (3/5)

  2. Odd that the Lehigh Valley Phantoms play division rival Springfield and Portland as many times as they play non-divisional opponent St. John’s which is, of course, so much farther away than either of the two New England cities … I do appreciate the fact that the Phantoms get to play against the two intra-state rivals (Hershey and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton) a dozen times each but I also think that each team in the division should have had to face each other a minimum of six times.

    It is also interesting to note that the American Hockey League is a national circuit in name only. What really exists is two separate regional leagues, eastern and western, operating under the same umbrella. It’s no different than what exists in AAA professional baseball, where International League clubs never meet Pacific Coast League clubs during the regular season. As is the case for the IronPigs, the only way that the Phantoms can play against a ‘western’ team under the current arrangement is to qualify for the Calder Cup Finals.

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