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Springfield Thunderbirds unveil full 2018-19 schedule

Florida Panthers v Detroit Red Wings Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

On Wednesday, the Springfield Thunderbirds, in conjunction with the American Hockey League, released their full schedule for the 2018-19 regular season. The Thunderbirds will also be the proud hosts of the 2019 Lexus AHL All-Star Classic, presented by MGM Springfield, taking place January 27-28 at the MassMutual Center.

The Thunderbirds will compete in the AHL’s Atlantic Division, which will see no change in layout from the 2017-18 season. However, the North Division of the Eastern Conference will now feature the Cleveland Monsters, who move to the East to account for the addition of the expansion Colorado Eagles in the Western Conference. For the first time in AHL history, the league will be comprised of 31 teams. Springfield will face every Eastern Conference team at least twice during the 2018-19 regular season, excluding Cleveland and the Belleville Senators.

The 76-game regular season schedule includes 38 home and 38 away games. The Thunderbirds will open the new season on the road in Wilkes-Barre against the Penguins on Sat., Oct. 6 at 7:05 p.m. Download Printable Schedule

The Detroit Red Wings have agreed to a two-year, $6.6 million contract with RFA Anthony Mantha. (Winging It In Motown)

RFA Adam Erne remained with the Tampa Bay Lightning, signing a one-year deal worth $800K. (Raw Charge)

The Toronto Maple Leafs signed RFA center Frederik Gauthier to a year two-year, two-way contract. (Pension Plan Puppets)

Dominik Bokk, the 25th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, has signed an entry-level contract with the St. Louis Blues. (Yardbarker)

The Maple Leafs one-two-three punch at center will cause many a match-up problem for its opponents. (Sportsnet)