Season Schedule Brings All Western Opponents, 72 Game Slate for All Teams

(Credit: Ross Bonander/Texas Stars)

The AHL announced their league schedule this afternoon. It was the first time since 2014-15 that all teams in the league will play the same number of games: 72. It's also the first time the league will have 32 teams with the entrance of Coachella Valley. Texas will meet the newest entrant four times total.

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The Stars will meet exclusively Western Conference opponent with the bulk of the schedule, 48 games, made up of divisional opponents, including Calder Cup winner Chicago. The remaining games are split across Colorado, Bakersfield, Coachella Valley, San Jose and Tucson. Each of those will be four games with the exception of Colorado, who will play eight.

The schedule should seem familiar to longtime Texas watchers. A light and more away-game heavy fall schedule gives way to a dense February and March when the local fans remember that hockey is a thing and the NFL and NCAAF end their seasons.

Texas has three six-game road trips tied for longest on the season. Their lengthiest home stands are also six gamers, occurring twice.

For the second season in a row, Texas ends the season against Iowa. This time around though, they will host the Wild at the H-E-B Center for a final pair.

Individual game tickets will be available later this summer.