Some highlights of Stars' 2010-11 schedule

The NHL released the schedule for the 2010-11 season. Let's take a look at some of the highlights from the Stars' perspective:

* Dallas opens the season in New Jersey on Friday, Oct. 8. The home opener is Oct. 14 vs. Detroit.

* Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and the Pittsburgh Penguins come to the AAC on Nov. 3. The Washington Capitals and star player Alex Ovechkin are in Dallas on Dec. 2.

* The defending Stanley Cup champions (Chicago) are in Dallas twice -- Feb. 11 and March 17.

* The traditional New Year's Eve game, which seems to provide memorable moments nearly every year, will feature Vancouver coming to AAC.

* The schedule is weighted around conference play, especially within the division. Dallas played 24 games against fellow Pacific Division members Anaheim, Los Angeles, Phoenix and San Jose (six each against those teams). The first division game is Anaheim in Dallas on Oct. 26.

* Dallas plays two sets of home-and-home series. They play St. Louis on Nov. 26 at AAC and then are in St. Louis the next night. They take on Colorado in Dallas on April 7 before heading to Denver the next evening.

* The Stars' longest homestand is a seven-game stint from March 9-23. That's also spring break time for many schools in North Texas. The club welcomes Calgary, Minnesota, Los Angeles, San Jose, Chicago, Philadelphia and Anaheim to AAC during that stretch.

* The Stars' longest road trip is March 26 - April 3 through Nashville, Phoenix, San Jose, Los Angeles and Anaheim.

* Other notable home games: Dallas plays St. Louis the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 26) and face the Montreal Canadiens four days before Christmas. Dallas also plays Ryan Miller and Buffalo on Oct. 30, the Cup Finals participant Philadelphia Flyers on March 19 and the New York Rangers on Jan. 7.

* The schedule is pretty balanced in terms of home games in the first and second half. Dallas plays 21 home games the first half and 20 in the second half.

* They play seven back-to-back games on the road and none at home.

* The television scheduled will be released later this summer.

* Again, the whole schedule (with times) is here.