The new schedule is much more pleasing than last year’s for the Canucks’ coaching staffThe Vancouver Canucks should be more rested when they face opponents during the 2019-20 regular season.That’s one of the big takeaways from the new NHL schedule revealed Tuesday morning.The other major item is confirmation of the Sedins’ number retirement ceremony — Feb. 12 — and the festivities associated with the special occasion.The Canucks will play 11 home games this upcoming season when they are rested and the opposition played the night before. Last season the Canucks had only three such games.Last season the Canucks returned home “tired” and played a rested team 11 times. They’ll only do that once in the new schedule. The Canucks will play a dozen back-to-back games, which is just about the league average.The new schedule is much more pleasing than last year’s for the Canucks’ coaching staff, when they had to deal with things like a midday game in the eastern time zone the day after a cross-continent flight.
Alexander Edler and the Vancouver Canucks will get far more games at home where they’re rested and the opponents are playing a back-to-back this coming season.
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That was the New Year’s Eve game in New Jersey. The Canucks weren’t looking to make excuses, but with the physical demands on players in today’s game, things like rest and recovery matter. Playing a hockey game at 11 a.m. on your body clock isn’t ideal and there’s not a whole lot sport science can do to help in that regard.The Canucks’ longest road trip of the year will be six games and unlike 2018-19 they’ll only be away that long once, in late November. There are two five-game sojourns in January and February as well.That’s a far cry from last season, when they went on the the road three times for six-game stretches; in past seasons they’ve also had seven-game road trips.The Canucks are recognizing their 50 years of NHL action this coming season, with a theme night planned each month, along with several other special nights for recognizing the team’s past.The home opener will be Oct. 9 against the Los Angeles Kings. That date is the anniversary of the Canucks’ inaugural game in 1970, when they also hosted the Kings.The Canucks have a number of theme nights lined up: Diwali Night will be Oct. 25, followed 10 days later by the first of the “Era” nights — ’70s Night will be Nov. 5.Dec. 7 will be ’80s Night, which will include recognition of the team’s memorable journey to the 1982 Stanley Cup Final.The Canucks will wear their classic “black skate” sweaters for ’90s Night on Jan. 4 when they host the New York Rangers.Lunar New Year will again be celebrated Jan. 18. The Canucks will then have a bye week, not playing again until Jan. 27, after NHL All-Star Weekend.Less than a month later will be the celebration week for Henrik and Daniel Sedin. On top of the twins’ Feb. 12 retirement ceremony, the Canucks will honour the brothers on Feb. 10 and Feb. 16. During the Feb. 10 game they’ll celebrate the careers of the four players who previously had their numbers retired and six days later, a weekend matinee game will highlight the Sedins’ community contributions.There are two other matinee games — Nov. 10 and March 15.The Sedins’ week is also in the middle of a season-high six-game home stand. The longest road trip will be a six-game stretch from Nov. 19 to 30.The West Coast Express era and the 2011 Stanley Cup Final-era teams will be recognized March 6 on 2000s Night.“The bright future of hockey in British Columbia” will be recognized March 15; Fan Appreciation Night will be April 4.And there will, of course, be Alex Burrows’ Ring of Honour night. The date for that event will be confirmed once the American Hockey League’s schedule is complete, as Burrows is an assistant coach with the AHL’s Laval Rocket.firstname.lastname@example.org/risingactionCLICK HERE to report a typo.Is there more to this story? We’d like to hear from you about this or any other stories you think we should know about. Email email@example.com