This summer has been a lot of waiting.
We waited as the ECHL and NHL all released their schedules.
We waited as new divisions, playoff setups, and complaints about the shorter California 5 schedule were announced.
But today, finally, plans for the fall and winter can be made.
This afternoon the AHL finally released the full 2015-16 schedule. A total of 1,120 games will be played between Friday, October 9th and Sunday, April 17th. 25 teams will play 76 games, while the infamous California 5 (San Jose, Stockton, San Diego, Bakersfield, and Ontario) will play 68.
Let’s take a look at the full Albany schedule, followed by a breakdown of opponents, numbers, etc.:
14–at Lehigh Valley
15–at St. John’s
16–at St. John’s
4–at St. John’s
5–at St. John’s
(home games in CAPS)
-For the first time since the 2011-12 season, all 38 home games will actually be played in the Capital District. No Atlantic City or Newark. With the city on a mission to keep hockey at the Times Union Center, this is a great start.
-By day: Sunday 13, Monday 0, Tuesday 5, Wednesday 10, Thursday 1, Friday 20, Saturday 27.
-By opponent: Wilkes-Barre, Lehigh Valley, Hershey, Portland 2; Rochester, Syracuse, Toronto, Providence, Springfield, Hartford 6; Binghamton, Utica, St. John’s, Bridgeport 8. No Western Conference at all.
-The Devils begin the season with a 4 game road swing through Binghamton, Toronto, and Portland, before hosting the Pirates on October 24th. They do play 3 out of their final 4 games at home in mid April.
-Home game times are the same as last season: weeknights at 7:00, Saturdays at 5:00 (except for 1/23, a 2 PM start due to the annual RPI/Union doubleheader), and Sundays at 3:00.
-Albany gets one school day game, an 11 AM start in Toronto on March 1st.
-Longest homestand is 5 games, which happens twice: October 24th-November 1st and January 20-29th. Longest road trip is 6 games from February 26th-March 11th.
-Only 8 3 in 3 weekends this year. I’m good with that.
Now all that is left to do is wait out the last few weeks before training camp and preseason, then the fun begins.