Hawks' 2008-2009 schedule is out

Finally, the schedule for the 2008-2009 season has been released today, as expected. Here are some of the key dates of matchups to keep in mind:

- The season opener is Friday, October 10th, in New York against the Rangers.

- The home opener is Monday, October 13th against the Nashville Predators. Doesn't it seem kind of odd to have monday night games? I don't seem to remember many of them in the past, but there are several on this year's schedule.

- The first meeting between the Hawks and Blues is October 18th in St. Louis.

- The first meeting between the Hawks and the Red Wings is October 25th, at the United Center.

- Brian Campbell meets his former team, the San Jose Sharks, on November 16th, at the United Center.

- Take a look at the March portion of the schedule: 11 home games, 3 road games. Looks like a favorable load of games if they are in the playoff race and need those wins.

You'll be able to find the whole slate of games in the "Schedule" page of this blog shortly.