WINNIPEG - The Manitoba Moose kick off their 76-game 2018 - 2019 Season on Friday, October 5th in Iowa against the Wild. The Moose home opener is set for Friday, October 12th against the Belleville Senators.
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For a third straight season, the Moose have increased their number of weekend home games. Manitoba plays 27 games on Friday, Saturday or Sundays. The team also takes to the ice for games on New Year's Eve (Monday, Dec. 31) and Louis Riel Day (Monday, Feb. 18).
The Moose play 13 matinee games at 2 p.m. this season, with eight of those contests coming on Sundays at Bell MTS Place. The team has also introduced a new start time for all seven Saturday evening games, with puck drop slated for 6 p.m.
With the AHL's realignment, the Moose welcome the Texas Stars (Dallas) and San Antonio Rampage (St. Louis) to the Central Division. Manitoba faces the two Texas-based squads eight times each this season. The Central Division accounts for 48 of Manitoba's 76 games, up from 44 the previous campaign. In addition to their matchups with the Stars and Rampage, the Moose take on Chicago (Vegas), Milwaukee (Nashville) and Grand Rapids (Detroit) eight times, while facing off against Iowa and Rockford (Chicago) on four occasions.
Manitoba will again play a total of 12 games against Canadian-based competition. The defending Calder Cup Champion Toronto Marlies (Toronto) make their way to Bell MTS Place on Dec. 14 and 15, while the Laval Rocket (Montreal) are in downtown Winnipeg on Jan. 10 and 12. The Moose also go up against Pacific Division competition in 16 games this season including matchups with the newly minted Colorado Eagles (Colorado), Bakersfield Condors (Edmonton), San Diego Gulls (Anaheim) and Stockton Heat (Calgary). Colorado makes its first visit to Bell MTS Place for games on Dec. 30 and 31.
The home portion of the schedule concludes Sunday, April 7 against Stockton, and the Moose finish off the regular season Sunday, April 14 in Chicago.