The Dallas Stars have released the 2013-2014 schedule and the first thing that jumps out should be the fact that every team will play the Stars at the American Airlines Center at least once this year. 

Unfortunately, the creative juices were not flowing at the league offices, as the division names were also announced, and as feared, with the exception of the “Metropolitan” division which includes the New York teams, New Jersey, Pittsburgh and Philly, the league went with geographical names and Dallas will once again be in the Central Division.

Click here to be taken to the 2013-2014 Dallas Stars schedule.

Some quick observations on the upcoming schedule:

--The longest home stand will take place twice, right in the middle of the season: December 27th, 29th and 31st (New Years Eve game will be against Los Angeles Kings) January 2nd and 4th and again at the end of January: 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th and finally 30th.

--The longest road trip will also be five games and will take place towards the end of the season: March 29th, April 1st, 3rd, 5th and ending the 6th.

--The Stars will have their back-to-backs tested once again thanks to the Olympic break resulting in a condensed schedule.  The Stars will have 13 sets of back-to-back games, 26 games in total in which 6 games will be in Dallas and 20 (yes, you read that right…THREE TIMES the amount) on the road, including 7 road-road back-to-backs.

--Games of note: Dallas opens the season against Florida Panthers where fans will get their first look at the 2nd overall draft pick, Aleksander Barkov on October 3rd.

New division rival, Colorado Avalanche with new head coach, Patrick Roy brings the number one overall draft pick, Nathan MacKinnon into the AAC on Friday, November 1st followed by the defending Stanley Cup champions, and new (old) division rival, Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday, November 9th.

--Nashville Predators roll into town for the first time of the year on Friday, December 27th.  This will be the return of Eric Nystrom and will also be the debut of Plano native, Seth Jones on Dallas ice.

--Montreal Canadiens (Jan. 2nd), new Eastern Conference member, Detroit Red Wings (Jan. 4th) and Toronto Maple Leafs (Jan 23rd) will come into town during a home-heavy January (of the 15 games in January, 11 are at home).

--March 8th will be the Mike Modano Jersey retirement ceremony.  Individual tickets will be next to impossible to come across, so if you’re interested in attending, StarsInsider.com has a group together.  Contact me at starsinsider34@gmail.com if you’d like to join us.

Now is the time for fans to get excited about the “new look” Dallas Stars.  We’ve got the new front office, the new head coach and the new jerseys.  We’ve got new, young superstar players and now we have the schedule.  Do not wait to secure your tickets to the games mentioned above or any of the other games.  These will be the hottest tickets to the coolest game on earth.  Don’t get left out in the cold…because nothing else matters…but believing.  How's that for using all the marketing taglines from the last decade?