Carolina Hurricanes 2014-2015 Schedule Preview and Analysis

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Carolina Hurricanes 2014-2015 Schedule Preview and Analysis
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The 82-game path the Carolina Hurricanes must conquer to end their five-year playoff drought in the 2014-15 season is official.

The NHL released the entire schedule Sunday afternoon for the upcoming season, which begins October 8. The Hurricanes' full schedule can be seen courtesy of NHL.com.

The 'Canes begin their campaign with a home-and-home series against the New York Islanders. Their season begins on Friday, Oct. 10, with the home opener at PNC Arena. The team will then travel north for their Saturday rematch, the last home opener the Isles will play on Long Island.

The annual State Fair road trip takes the team away from home for five games in late October, including visits to all four Canadian teams in the Western Conference. 

However, another trip from Nov. 18 to 28 also takes Carolina on the road for five consecutive games. The club will take on the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Nov. 20, one week before Thanksgiving.

The Hurricanes immediately return for a five-game homestand, including the now-Jim Rutherford-led Pittsburgh Penguins' first visit to Raleigh on Nov. 29.

The Pens will then host the 'Canes in Pennsylvania on New Year's Eve, as Carolina tries to duplicate its New Year's Eve miracle of 2013 (a three-goal comeback win over Montreal).

Carolina will play six of seven games between Jan. 31 and Feb. 16 on the road, including two matches against the Anaheim Ducks as well as Western opponents Phoenix, San Jose and Minnesota.

As spring approaches, Raleigh will become an increasingly regular home for the team.

Fifteen of the 20 scheduled games between Feb. 17 and Mar. 29 will be held at PNC Arena, including two different five-game homestands. If the 'Canes can indeed improve their home record in 2014-15, as noted by new head coach Bill Peters last week, it will certainly yield dividends down the stretch.

For the second consecutive year, Carolina will finish their regular-season slate against the Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings, this time visiting Philly on Apr. 9 before hosting the Wings for the Apr. 11 home finale.

Hurricanes' 2014-15 Schedule by Day
Day of Week Mon. Tues. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat. Sun.
Home 4 8 0 7 8 8 6
Away 4 10 2 7 3 13 2

Hurricanes.NHL.com

Carolina plays the Flyers and New York Rangers five times each in 2014-15, compared to the four meetings they'll have with their five other Metropolitan Division foes. They'll face each of the eight Atlantic Division teams three times and each of the 14 Western Conference clubs twice.

The 'Canes will play 11 matinee games before 7 p.m. ET, hosting six—four at 5 p.m., two at 1 p.m.

Back-to-backs remain an integral part of the team's schedule, playing 32 of their 82 total contests either the day before or the day after another game. 13 of the 16 back-to-backs involve travel.

The local Fox Sports Carolinas and national NBC and NBC Sports Network television schedules will be released in the coming days.

The Canadian TV slate was unveiled along with the league schedule. The 'Canes will play three times on national television in Canada: Nov. 29 vs. Pittsburgh, Jan. 17 at Ottawa and Jan. 31 at New York (Rangers).

 

Mark Jones has been a Carolina Hurricanes featured columnist for Bleacher Report since 2009. Visit his profile to read more, or follow him on Twitter.

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