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Here are your 2014-2015 home openers

Jun 21, 2014, 3:26 PM EDT

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The NHL has announced the list of home openers for all 30 teams in the league.

With the full schedule set to be released tomorrow, consider this your warm-up act for then. For now, you can start making plans for your favorite team’s opening night in October.

Anaheim Ducks: Friday, Oct. 17 vs. Minnesota
Arizona Coyotes: Thursday, Oct. 9 vs. Winnipeg
Boston Bruins: Wednesday, Oct. 8 vs. Philadelphia
Buffalo Sabres: Thursday, Oct. 9 vs. Columbus
Calgary Flames: Wednesday, Oct. 8 vs. Vancouver
Carolina Hurricanes: Friday, Oct. 10 vs. NY Islanders
Chicago Blackhawks: Saturday, Oct. 11 vs. Buffalo
Colorado Avalanche: Saturday, Oct. 11 vs. Minnesota
Columbus Blue Jackets: Saturday, Oct. 11 vs. NY Rangers
Dallas Stars: Thursday, Oct. 9 vs. Chicago
Detroit Red Wings: Thursday, Oct. 9 vs. Boston
Edmonton Oilers: Thursday, Oct. 9 vs. Calgary
Florida Panthers: Saturday, Oct. 11 vs. New Jersey
Los Angeles Kings: Wednesday, Oct. 8 vs. San Jose
Minnesota Wild: Thursday, Oct. 9 vs. Colorado
Montreal Canadiens: Thursday, Oct. 16 vs. Boston
Nashville Predators: Thursday, Oct. 9 vs. Ottawa
New Jersey Devils: Saturday, Oct. 18 vs. San Jose
New York Islanders: Saturday, Oct. 11 vs. Carolina
New York Rangers: Sunday, Oct. 12 vs. Toronto
Ottawa Senators: Thursday, Oct. 16 vs. Colorado
Philadelphia Flyers: Thursday, Oct. 9 vs. New Jersey
Pittsburgh Penguins: Thursday, Oct. 9 vs. Anaheim
San Jose Sharks: Saturday, Oct. 11 vs. Winnipeg
St. Louis Blues: Thursday, Oct. 9 vs. NY Rangers
Tampa Bay Lightning: Thursday, Oct. 9 vs. Florida
Toronto Maple Leafs: Wednesday, Oct. 8 vs. Montreal
Vancouver Canucks: Saturday, Oct. 11 vs. Edmonton
Washington Capitals: Thursday, Oct. 9 vs. Montreal
Winnipeg Jets: Friday, Oct. 17 vs. Nashville

A few notes:

  • The season opens in Boston (vs. Philadelphia), Toronto (vs. Montreal), Calgary (vs. Vancouver), and Los Angeles (vs. San Jose) on October 8. Sorry Sharks fans, you may want to avoid watching opening night as the Kings will be raising the 2014 Stanley Cup banner. As if losing that opening round series after being up 3-0 wasn’t hard enough…
  • Colorado and Minnesota open the season with a home-and-home set against each other. That should keep that playoff rivalry going strong.
  • The Devils don’t have their home-opener until October 18 against San Jose, 10 days into the start of the season. That’s a bit of a road trip to start the season. They’ll be part of two other teams’ home openers (Philadelphia, Florida) before they have their own.
  • Anaheim and Winnipeg have similar long waits to play their first home games as they’ll wait it out until October 17.
  • The Arizona Coyotes make their new name debut against the franchise they once used to be known as.
  • Traditional rivalries will be all over the place to start the year. Los Angeles with San Jose, Montreal with Boston, Toronto with Montreal, Edmonton has Calgary, Tampa Bay gets Florida, Calgary gets Vancouver.

We ranked the five openers we’re looking forward to the most.

  1. nj666 - Jun 21, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Another season where the devils start the season on the road…

    • canucks30 - Jun 21, 2014 at 4:27 PM

      It’s a conspiracy

      • nj666 - Jun 21, 2014 at 6:18 PM

        its still a dick move from the league two years in a row i never said conspiracy you twat

      • canucks30 - Jun 21, 2014 at 7:12 PM

        The New York Rangers have opened 7 consecutive seasons on the road and 13 out of the last 15 Rangers season openers have been on the road (including the upcoming 2014-15 year).

        Keep crying.

    • WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:48 PM

      What’s the difference?

  2. sjsblitz - Jun 21, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Who made the schedule is a dick. Really, a banner raising game against SJ?!

    • sjsblitz - Jun 21, 2014 at 3:37 PM


    • dannymac17 - Jun 21, 2014 at 3:52 PM

      i love it.

    • Hard to BeLeaf - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      Didn’t the Hawks raise their infront of the Capitals? What’s the big deal?

  3. strictlythedanks - Jun 21, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    I like what I’m seeing with the wild-avs home and home to start it out.

  4. jmcurran28 - Jun 21, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    First 5,000 fans at The Joe get to kick Lucic between the legs.

  5. billiam55 - Jun 21, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    i feel like teams who start the seaosn with many road games benefit in the long run. For example, the NYR had an awful schedule last season with many road games in the West. They became road warriors during the season with 25 away wins. Just a thought to anyone whos team is on the road a lot before they have their home opener.

    • canucks30 - Jun 21, 2014 at 4:32 PM

      There was a strange trend for several years where teams who opened in the season in Europe made the Cup Finals or Conference Finals.

    • lakeshoreleafsfan - Jun 21, 2014 at 5:28 PM

      It doesn’t always work out that way. Ottawa Senators had a long road trip to start the season (which also had trips in the Western Conference) and they failed to make the playoffs

  6. atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 21, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    I just wish the NHL would start the season 2 weeks earlier, open the season in the 3rd week of September and end it by the end of May, there’s no need for hockey to be played in June.

    • rje49 - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:05 PM

      They used to start in October, end the regular season around April 1, and finish the playoffs by the end of April. They’re added 10 regular season games, but 2 months of playoffs is ridiculous.

  7. ronniethec - Jun 21, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    Not only are the sharks fans still crying about the just completed playoffs, they are already crying about next season. October 8 Kings banner-raising opener against the Sharks. How sweet it is! GO KINGS GO!

  8. sjsharks66 - Jun 21, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Should be a great first game of the season for us Sharks fans. Hopefully a little payback for the playoffs and a win on the night they raise their banner. Can’t wait!

    • billiam55 - Jun 21, 2014 at 5:46 PM

      watch u guys have a 3-0 lead heading into the third, and then LA scores 4 straight goals to win it.

    • rje49 - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:07 PM

      Go ahead and win. You don’t get any trophys for an opening night win.

    • dbreslow56 - Jun 22, 2014 at 1:54 AM

      You guys will blow that game too!
      If, by chance, you get lucky and win who cares? It’s the first game of the 82 game regular season. Everyone knows the Sharks are built for the regular season and fold like a cheap suit when it really counts anyway, in the Stanley Cup Championship Playoffs! The Kings are built for the REAL season, when it REALLY counts. I hope hope your coach makes the Sharks players sit there and watch what they blew.
      Don’t forget, Lombardi and Sutter used to work for the Sharks but weren’t good enough for the Sharks. Whatdo you think now?

      • dbreslow56 - Jun 22, 2014 at 1:58 AM

        By the way, what did you do with all those brooms you had out and ready to use when the Sharks had that 3-0 series lead?

  9. ronniethec - Jun 21, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    October 8, 2014. Around 10:30 PM PDT. Kings in first place. Sharks in last place. GO KINGS GO!

  10. lakeshoreleafsfan - Jun 21, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    I can’t understand why the Maple Leafs home openers always have to be against Montreal. I was hoping we’d play our first home game against Vancouver; or even Los Angeles (being against the Stanley Cup champions). I don’t know why, but that’s what I was hoping. But no, it’s always against the Canadiens. But oh well; either way, come on October !! Looking forward to it

    • rje49 - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:13 PM

      I’m a New Englander, so a Bruins fan, but I’ve felt sorry for you Leafs fans for a long time. I’ve been a hockey fan since Andy Bathgate played for the Rangers, and got Bobby Orr’s autograph when he was a rookie, two years older than me. The Leafs were a power throughout the 60’s, and won the cup in ’67 when I graduated high school. Did ANYBODY think they’d be nearing 50 years without winning another cup? I’ll answer that – no, nobody!

      • lakeshoreleafsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 6:51 AM

        And people have even started calling the Toronto Maple Leafs the England of the World Cup (47 and 48 years, respectively) Actually, some people did that four years ago too. I don’t like that comparison; but it is what it is. But yeah, I would imagine that if somebody had said in 1967 that this would be the Maple Leafs last Stanley Cup appearance of the century (20th century) people would have thought that person was “crazy” lol

  11. dbreslow56 - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:02 AM

    How appropriate that the Kings get to raise their 2nd Stanley Cup Championship Banner in 3 years against the Sharks. Can you spell k-a-r-m-a Shark fans?

  12. penguins87and71 - Jun 22, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Can’t wait to see the Penguins home opener against the Ducks! I love when they play against the Western Conference.

  13. 950003cups - Jun 22, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    NJ Devils get the last home opener. There’s no construction. No major concerts. Just a total and blatant shaft in the bum.

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