NHL season begins as Oilers host Flames in new Rogers Place arena on Oct. 12
The Edmonton Oilers will inaugurate their brand new Rogers Place arena on Oct. 12 when they host the rival Calgary Flames on the opening night of the 2016-17 NHL season.
That's not the only provincial rivalry on the ice that night as the Ottawa Senators will host the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The NHL announced the two games on Monday, along with every other home opener of the upcoming season.
The Winnipeg Jets host Carolina on Oct. 13, Calgary will host the Oilers on Oct. 14 in the Flames' home opener. Toronto welcomes Original Six rival Boston on Oct. 15, while the Vancouver Canucks host Calgary on Oct. 15.
The Montreal Canadiens will have their first home game of the season on Oct. 18 against the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Penguins open the season at home on Oct. 13, against the Washington Capitals. They'll raise their fourth Cup banner to the rafters of Consol Energy Center against their rivals, who they beat in the second round of the playoffs.
The rest of the schedule will be released Tuesday. It includes outdoor games in Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Toronto and Winnipeg.
— With files fromThe Associated Press.
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