Texas Stars 2019-20 Schedule Adds Toronto, WBS, Foregoes Most of Pacific Division

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The American Hockey League announced their full season schedule for 2019-20 this afternoon with big shifts in the opponents that Texas will face. The Stars will not see the majority of the Pacific Division, playing only Colorado and Tucson. In return, Texas gets four matchups each against Toronto and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. This will be the first meeting between Texas and Colorado as well as Texas and WBS.

The rest of the schedule is made up of the Central Division with 12 games against San Antonio and eight each against the remainder of the Central Division.

Traditionally, the Stars have not crossed over the conference line very often, especially in the last six years or so. A few select games against Syracuse were the lone exception, aside from the Stars three visits to the Calder Cup Final. In that regard, Texas will get a rematch of the 2018 CCF with two games in November in Ontario and two more in January in Cedar Park. The Stars head to Pennsylvania in December for two in WBS and the Penguins make the return trip in January.

The Stars will have a season-long road trip from February 4 to 12, a total of 9 days spanning three cities. Their longest home stand will come in February as well, eight games across twenty days. Texas has just two 3-in-3 weekends this year, the same as last year.

Full release after the jump.

Here's the release:
The Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, announced Wednesday their full 76-game schedule for the 2019-20 season. The team begins the 11th season at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park with an Opening Weekend celebration on Friday, Oct. 4 against the Tucson Roadrunners and Saturday, Oct. 5 against the Manitoba Moose.

The printable schedule can be downloaded here or view the full schedule at TexasStars.com/games. Ticket packages are available for purchase including full-season, 24-game and 12-game options. Single game tickets for all 38 home games will go on sale at a later date this summer. More information on tickets and packages can be found at TexasStars.com/tickets or by calling (512) GO-STARS (467-8277).

Including opening weekend, the Stars will host four games in Cedar Park during the month of October, five in November, six in December, seven in January, seven in February, five in March, and four in April. The team plays four of the final five home games in Cedar Park, but for the first time since 2011-12 the Stars will end the regular season on the road, facing the San Antonio Rampage on Saturday, Apr. 11.

Of the Stars 38 home games, 28 will be played on Friday or Saturday nights and two additional contests will be played on Sunday. For the second straight season, all home games from Monday through Saturday will begin at 7 p.m. CT, with puck drop on Sunday, Dec. 1 and Sunday, Apr. 5 scheduled for 5 p.m. CT

Featured on the schedule are 11 different opponents this season. The Stars will face the San Antonio Rampage 12 times while facing all other Central Division opponents eight times each. In addition, Texas will battle with four non-divisional opponents with Colorado, Tucson, Toronto, and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton each facing the Stars four times.

It will be the first time in team history that the Stars meet the Colorado Eagles and Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins. It will also be the first time since Feb. 21, 2015 that the Stars will meet the Toronto Marlies in the regular season. The teams last clashed in the 2018 Calder Cup Final. In the regular season, Texas holds a 10-4-1-1 all-time record against Toronto and a 6-6-2-0 record against Tucson.

Texas’ longest road trip extends across nine days and features five games from Feb. 4 through Feb. 12. The Stars will have another nine-day trip from Mar. 24 to Apr. 1, but will play just four games in that stretch. The club will also have two separate three-game weekend, facing Rockford and Chicago on Dec. 20-22 and Milwaukee and Grand Rapids on Feb. 7-9.

A full promotional schedule of ticket specials and theme nights for home games this season will also be announced at a later date.