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Report: Kings to host ‘Hawks on opening night

Jan 9, 2013, 3:36 PM EDT

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The Los Angeles Kings are reportedly set to host the Chicago Blackhawks on opening night — Jan. 19 — in a game that’ll feature the Stanley Cup banner and ring ceremony.

The news, first passed along by Sportsnet’s John Shannon, is the latest in a opening night picture that’s slowly coming into focus.

Yesterday, reports surfaced about a number of games already set for Jan. 19:

– Montreal to host Toronto in an Original Six battle,

– Ottawa traveling to Winnipeg for another all-Canadian matchup

– The new-look Minnesota Wild going to Colorado to take on their Northwest Division rivals.

Today, another one made the news: Detroit vs. St. Louis at the Scottrade Center in a long-standing Central Division feud.

The Kings-Blackhawks game should garner plenty of national attention, pitting two of the last three Stanley Cup champions against each other.

LA won the season series a year ago by going 2-1-1, winning both games at the Staples Center.

Update: To add to the fun, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register says the Ducks were rumored to be the banner-raising opponent for the Kings, but Anaheim wanted no part in it. Come on guys, who doesn’t want to ruin a rival’s night?

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  1. phipfwe76 - Jan 9, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    ” Toronto to host Montreal in an Original Six battle”

    I thought Montreal will be hosting Toronto?

    • Mike Halford - Jan 9, 2013 at 3:46 PM

      Switched ‘em around. My mistake.

  2. steelers88 - Jan 9, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    How bout Pens/Flyers back to back nights! LET’S GO PENS!

    • isithockeyseasonyet - Jan 9, 2013 at 4:13 PM

      I refuse to believe flyers/pens & rangers/bruins won’t be on the docket

  3. dkphilly1122 - Jan 9, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Best game to watch Pens at Flyers……1 in the afternoon on the 19th. Two of the best teams who always battle it out playing. Giroux VS Crosby and Couturier VS Malkin…….ahh can’t wait for it already. They never let either teams fans down when they play. Let’s Go Flyers. Show Pittsburgh Vegas’s odds are complete BS. They got embarrassed last year yet have great Vegas odds this year and they loss one of there best players in Jordan. Should be a great season on the edge of our seat!!!!

  4. bhawksrule - Jan 9, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    This isn’t much of a rivalry but I guess it will be a good test for the hawks right off the bat.

  5. ron05342 - Jan 9, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Update: To add to the fun, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register says the Ducks were rumored to be the banner-raising opponent for the Kings, but Anaheim wanted no part in it. Come on guys, who doesn’t want to ruin a rival’s night?

    How about we rename the Ducks after another fowl, as in chickensh*t?

    • rainyday56 - Jan 10, 2013 at 2:43 AM

      Dicks – I mean – Ducks management has problems honoring a team that has that POS Penner on the roster.

  6. hawkeyplayer - Jan 9, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    as a huge ducks fan that is pretty lame!!!!

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