The NHL has released its pre-season schedule for the 2016-17 season, with two new arenas highlighting the slate. This year’s round of pre-season games includes contests at Edmonton’s Rogers Place and Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.
Both arenas are highly anticipated, with Rogers Place touted not only as a state-of-the-art venue for the Oilers, but a potential economic development catalyst in downtown Edmonton. T-Mobile Arena, meanwhile, is the home of the Las Vegas expansion franchise that is set to debut for the 2017-18 campaign.
This year also marks another installment for Kraft Hockeyville. Two arena’s–Marquette’s Lakeview Arena and Vernon’s Kal Tire Place–will be in the spotlight for those games.
On Sept. 26, the second day of the 15-day, 106-game schedule, the Edmonton Oilers open Rogers Place with a split-squad game against the Calgary Flames. Edmonton also will host the Anaheim Ducks on Oct. 4, the Winnipeg Jets on Oct. 6, and the Vancouver Canucks on Oct. 8 before playing its first regular-season home game, against the Flames on Oct. 12, opening night for the 2016-17 regular season.
Though the new Las Vegas franchise won’t begin play until the 2017-18 season, the Los Angeles Kings will play at the city’s T-Mobile Arena on back-to-back nights, against the Dallas Stars on Oct. 7 and the Colorado Avalanche on Oct. 8.
Kraft Hockeyville has become a staple of the preseason schedule, and this year Canada winner Lumby, British Columbia, and United States winner Marquette, Mich., will be in the spotlight. The Oilers and Kings play at Kal Tire Place in Vernon, British Columbia on Oct. 2 (9 p.m. ET; SN), and the Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes play at Lakeview Arena in Marquette on Oct. 4 (7 p.m.. ET; NBCSN).
There will be two preseason games played on college campuses. The Minnesota Wild play the Sabres at Pegula Ice Arena at Penn State University in State College, Pa., on Sept. 26, and the New Jersey Devils play the Florida Panthers at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., on Oct. 8.
Other neutral-site games are:
* Ottawa Senators vs. Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Sept. 26
* Devils vs. Philadelphia Flyers at PPL Center in Allentown, Pa., on Sept. 28
* Sabres vs. Maple Leafs at Meridian Centre in St. Catharines, Ontario on Sept. 29
* Washington Capitals vs. New York Islanders at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn., on Oct. 1
* Dallas Stars vs. Panthers at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario, on Oct. 2
* Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens at Centre Videotron in Quebec City, Quebec, on Oct. 4
* Maple Leafs vs. Senators at SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on Oct. 4
* Capitals vs. St. Louis Blues at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., on Oct. 5
* Sabres vs. Carolina Hurricanes at Essar Centre in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario on Oct. 5
* Detroit Red Wings vs. Maple Leafs at FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton, Ontario on Oct. 7