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Blue Jackets' 2015-2016 Schedule Released

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After announcing the home opener yesterday, the full docket has been published.

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After teasing us yesterday with the home opener schedule, the NHL finally released the full schedule today. Let's take a look, and then do some breakdowns! My first reaction is that it is a very, VERY nice schedule!

DATE VISITOR HOME TIME (ET)
FRI OCT 9, 2015 RANGERS BLUE JACKETS 7:00 PM
SAT OCT 10, 2015 BLUE JACKETS RANGERS 7:00 PM
MON OCT 12, 2015 BLUE JACKETS SABRES 3:00 PM
WED OCT 14, 2015 SENATORS BLUE JACKETS 7:00 PM
FRI OCT 16, 2015 MAPLE LEAFS BLUE JACKETS 7:00 PM
SAT OCT 17, 2015 BLUE JACKETS BLACKHAWKS 8:30 PM
TUE OCT 20, 2015 ISLANDERS BLUE JACKETS 7:00 PM
THU OCT 22, 2015 BLUE JACKETS WILD 8:00 PM
SAT OCT 24, 2015 BLUE JACKETS AVALANCHE 9:00 PM
TUE OCT 27, 2015 BLUE JACKETS DEVILS 7:00 PM
FRI OCT 30, 2015 BLUE JACKETS CAPITALS 7:00 PM
SAT OCT 31, 2015 JETS BLUE JACKETS 7:00 PM
TUE NOV 3, 2015 BLUE JACKETS SHARKS 10:30 PM
THU NOV 5, 2015 BLUE JACKETS KINGS 10:30 PM
FRI NOV 6, 2015 BLUE JACKETS DUCKS 10:00 PM
TUE NOV 10, 2015 CANUCKS BLUE JACKETS 7:00 PM
FRI NOV 13, 2015 BLUE JACKETS PENGUINS 7:00 PM
SAT NOV 14, 2015 COYOTES BLUE JACKETS 7:00 PM
TUE NOV 17, 2015 BLUES BLUE JACKETS 7:00 PM
THU NOV 19, 2015 BLUE JACKETS SENATORS 7:30 PM
FRI NOV 20, 2015 PREDATORS BLUE JACKETS 7:00 PM
SUN NOV 22, 2015 SHARKS BLUE JACKETS 5:00 PM
WED NOV 25, 2015 BLUE JACKETS DEVILS 7:00 PM
FRI NOV 27, 2015 PENGUINS BLUE JACKETS 7:00 PM
SAT NOV 28, 2015 BLUE JACKETS BLUES 8:00 PM
TUE DEC 1, 2015 BLUE JACKETS CANADIENS 7:30 PM
FRI DEC 4, 2015 PANTHERS BLUE JACKETS 7:00 PM
SAT DEC 5, 2015 BLUE JACKETS FLYERS 7:30 PM
TUE DEC 8, 2015 KINGS BLUE JACKETS 7:00 PM
THU DEC 10, 2015 BLUE JACKETS JETS 8:00 PM
SAT DEC 12, 2015 ISLANDERS BLUE JACKETS 7:00 PM
MON DEC 14, 2015 LIGHTNING BLUE JACKETS 7:00 PM
TUE DEC 15, 2015 BLUE JACKETS STARS 8:30 PM
THU DEC 17, 2015 BLUE JACKETS COYOTES 9:00 PM
SAT DEC 19, 2015 FLYERS BLUE JACKETS 7:00 PM
MON DEC 21, 2015 BLUE JACKETS PENGUINS 7:00 PM
SAT DEC 26, 2015 BLUE JACKETS LIGHTNING 7:00 PM
SUN DEC 27, 2015 BLUE JACKETS PANTHERS 6:00 PM
TUE DEC 29, 2015 STARS BLUE JACKETS 7:00 PM
SAT JAN 2, 2016 CAPITALS BLUE JACKETS 7:00 PM
TUE JAN 5, 2016 WILD BLUE JACKETS 7:00 PM
FRI JAN 8, 2016 BLUE JACKETS HURRICANES 7:00 PM
SAT JAN 9, 2016 HURRICANES BLUE JACKETS 7:00 PM
TUE JAN 12, 2016 BLUE JACKETS ISLANDERS 7:00 PM
WED JAN 13, 2016 BLUE JACKETS MAPLE LEAFS 7:00 PM
SAT JAN 16, 2016 AVALANCHE BLUE JACKETS 7:00 PM
TUE JAN 19, 2016 CAPITALS BLUE JACKETS 7:00 PM
THU JAN 21, 2016 FLAMES BLUE JACKETS 7:00 PM
SAT JAN 23, 2016 BLUE JACKETS BRUINS 7:00 PM
MON JAN 25, 2016 CANADIENS BLUE JACKETS 7:00 PM
TUE JAN 26, 2016 BLUE JACKETS CANADIENS 7:30 PM
TUE FEB 2, 2016 BLUE JACKETS OILERS 9:00 PM
THU FEB 4, 2016 BLUE JACKETS CANUCKS 10:00 PM
FRI FEB 5, 2016 BLUE JACKETS FLAMES 9:00 PM
TUE FEB 9, 2016 ISLANDERS BLUE JACKETS 7:00 PM
THU FEB 11, 2016 DUCKS BLUE JACKETS 7:00 PM
SAT FEB 13, 2016 SENATORS BLUE JACKETS 7:00 PM
TUE FEB 16, 2016 BRUINS BLUE JACKETS 7:00 PM
FRI FEB 19, 2016 SABRES BLUE JACKETS 7:00 PM
MON FEB 22, 2016 BLUE JACKETS BRUINS 7:00 PM
TUE FEB 23, 2016 BLUE JACKETS RED WINGS 7:30 PM
THU FEB 25, 2016 DEVILS BLUE JACKETS 7:00 PM
SAT FEB 27, 2016 PANTHERS BLUE JACKETS 3:00 PM
MON FEB 29, 2016 BLUE JACKETS RANGERS 7:00 PM
FRI MAR 4, 2016 OILERS BLUE JACKETS 7:00 PM
SAT MAR 5, 2016 BLUE JACKETS FLYERS 7:00 PM
TUE MAR 8, 2016 RED WINGS BLUE JACKETS 7:00 PM
FRI MAR 11, 2016 PENGUINS BLUE JACKETS 7:00 PM
SUN MAR 13, 2016 LIGHTNING BLUE JACKETS 3:00 PM
THU MAR 17, 2016 RED WINGS BLUE JACKETS 7:00 PM
SAT MAR 19, 2016 DEVILS BLUE JACKETS 7:00 PM
SUN MAR 20, 2016 BLUE JACKETS DEVILS 5:00 PM
TUE MAR 22, 2016 FLYERS BLUE JACKETS 7:00 PM
THU MAR 24, 2016 HURRICANES BLUE JACKETS 7:00 PM
SAT MAR 26, 2016 BLUE JACKETS PREDATORS 8:00 PM
MON MAR 28, 2016 BLUE JACKETS CAPITALS 7:00 PM
THU MAR 31, 2016 BLUE JACKETS ISLANDERS 7:00 PM
SAT APR 2, 2016 BLUE JACKETS HURRICANES 7:00 PM
MON APR 4, 2016 RANGERS BLUE JACKETS 7:00 PM
WED APR 6, 2016 BLUE JACKETS MAPLE LEAFS 7:00 PM
FRI APR 8, 2016 BLUE JACKETS SABRES 7:00 PM
SAT APR 9, 2016 BLACKHAWKS BLUE JACKETS 7:00 PM

There you go. First thoughts?

  • First, the bad. By my count, 18 back-to-backs. What else is new? All involve travel, but by my count, only three involve a time zone change, and all three are from Eastern to Central. St. Louis, Dallas, and Chicago are the three I noticed, none of which is brutal.
  • The Jackets can't afford a slow start, but late October into early November is going to be brutal if for no other reason than travel and number of games. After starting the season with four of seven at home--and no real long travel for the three roadies--they embark on a stretch that will take them all over the map: west to Minnesota and Colorado, all the way back east for New Jersey and Washington, back home for one game, and then all the way out west for a California swing. Oh yeah, and there are FOUR back-to-backs in that stretch.
  • Now, onto the good! One silver lining from that last bullet: the NHL finally heard my complaints, and put the California back-to-back games AGAINST BOTH THE LA TEAMS. Hallelujah!
  • I like how it finishes. If the Jackets are pushing to make the playoffs, the finish doesn't appear to be back-breaking, other than the Cup champs on the final day of the season.
  • It's going to be tough early, but I believe it's good to get that kind of brutal stretch out of the way early in the season, when legs are fresher and the team isn't worn down. Also, when you look at how the season finishes, the Jackets will have done a lot of their heavy lifting before the All Star Break.
  • Speaking of, the back-to-backs are actually pretty front-loaded. Of the 18 I count, 13 come before the All Star Break. That means that the schedule isn't all that punishing in terms of being condensed with travel after the break. And, read on for the best post-Break part!
  • In addition to finally getting the California trip right, the NHL schedule mavens have done the Jackets another HUGE favor: their Western Canada swing comes immediately after the All Star Break, meaning the team gets a FULL WEEK OFF between games before heading out West. This is a total coup.
  • The best time to make hay? The Jackets have a stretch right after the All Star Break and the Western Canada swing where, between February 9th and March 24th they play 15 of 20 games at home, including TWO five-game home stands. Given where this falls in the season--when teams are starting to make their final pushes--having this much time at home is simply amazing!

All in all, I like this schedule. The Jackets still get crunched with back-to-backs, but some of the biggest gripes I've always had have been mitigated. The stretch right after the All Star Break is super manageable from a logistical point of view, and the Jackets will get plenty of rest in February and March given the dearth of travel on their schedule.

I like it. What do you all think?