NHL teams announce home openers for 2018-19 season

Montreal Canadiens' Brendan Gallagher (11) moves in on Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen as Leafs' Morgan Rielly (44) defends during third period NHL hockey action in Montreal, Saturday, October 14, 2017. (Graham Hughes/CP)

The two Canadian Original Six teams will square off to open the 2018-19 NHL season.

The Toronto Maple Leafs will play host to the Montreal Canadiens in their home opener at the newly named Scotiabank Arena on Oct. 3. All NHL clubs are free to announce details for their home openers on Wednesday.

Two other Canadian teams also will lock horns on Oct. 3 as the Vancouver Canucks play host to the Calgary Flames. The same two squads meet in Calgary’s home opener on Oct. 6.

The Ottawa Senators play their first home game on Oct. 4 against the Chicago Blackhawks, while the Winnipeg Jets begin their home schedule on Oct. 9 versus the Los Angeles Kings.

The Canadiens don’t play at home until Oct. 11 versus the Kings.

Opening night on Oct. 3 also will feature a Stanley Cup banner raising ceremony as the champion Washington Capitals entertain the Boston Bruins.

The NHL is expected to release the entire 2018-19 schedule on Thursday.

Below is every team’s home opener:

Anaheim Ducks

Oct. 8, 2018 vs. Detroit Red Wings

Arizona Coyotes

Oct. 6, 2018 vs. Anaheim Ducks

Boston Bruins

Oct. 8, 2018 vs. Ottawa Senators

Buffalo Sabres

Oct. 4, 2018 vs. Boston Bruins

Calgary Flames

Oct. 6, 2018 vs. Vancouver Canucks

Carolina Hurricanes

Oct. 4, 2018 vs. New York Islanders

Chicago Blackhawks

Oct. 7, 2018 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Colorado Avalanche

Oct. 4, 2018 vs. Minnesota Wild

Columbus Blue Jackets

Oct. 5, 2018 vs. Carolina Hurricanes

Dallas Stars

Oct. 4, 2018 vs. Arizona Coyotes

Detroit Red Wings

Oct. 4, 2018 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

Edmonton Oilers

Oct. 18, 2018 vs. Boston Bruins

Florida Panthers

Oct. 11, 2018 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

Los Angeles Kings

Oct. 5, 2018 vs. San Jose Sharks

Minnesota Wild

Oct. 6, 2018 vs. Vegas Golden Knights

Montreal Canadiens

Oct. 11, 2018 vs. Los Angeles Kings

Nashville Predators

Oct. 9, 2018 vs. Calgary Flames

New Jersey Devils

Oct. 11, 2018 vs. Washington Capitals

New York Islanders

Oct. 6, 2018 vs. Nashville Predators

New York Rangers

Oct. 4, 2018 vs. Nashville Predators

Ottawa Senators

Oct. 4, 2018 vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Philadelphia Flyers

Oct. 9, 2018 vs. San Jose Sharks

Pittsburgh Penguins

Oct. 4, 2018 vs. Washington Capitals

St. Louis Blues

Oct. 4, 2018 vs. Winnipeg Jets

San Jose Sharks

Oct. 3, 2018 vs. Anaheim Ducks

Tampa Bay Lighting

Oct. 6, 2018 vs. Florida Panthers

Toronto Maple Leafs

Oct. 3, 2018 vs. Montreal Canadiens

Vancouver Canucks

Oct. 3, 2018 vs. Calgary Flames

Vegas Golden Knights

Oct. 4, 2018 vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Washington Capitals

Oct. 3, 2018 vs. Boston Bruins

Winnipeg Jets

Oct. 9, 2018 vs. Los Angeles Kings

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