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Here’s the full 2015-16 NHL schedule, with key dates

Bettman Expansion Hockey

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaks at a news conference before the NHL Awards show Wednesday, June 24, 2015, in Las Vegas. The NHL is officially exploring expansion. The league is opening a formal expansion review process to consider adding new franchises to its 30-team league, Bettman announced Wednesday, June 24, 2015. Las Vegas, Seattle and Quebec City are the markets that have expressed the most serious interest. (AP Photo/John Locher)


Following yesterday’s roll-out of individual teams’ season and home openers, the NHL announced it’s full regular-season schedule on Thursday.


Some key dates to note:

Oct. 7: Opening night. The Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks will raise their banner prior to an original six matchup against the New York Rangers at the United Center.

Oct. 8: Connor McDavid will make his (likely) NHL debut on the road, as Edmonton will open its campaign in St. Louis.

Oct. 9: New Toronto head coach Mike Babcock will make his Detroit return as the Red Wings host the Leafs at the Joe. Then, the Isles will play their first regular-season game in their new digs, Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, against the Blackhawks.

Oct. 24: Tampa Bay will travel to Chicago for the first rematch of this year’s Cup Final.

Jan.1: The Boston Bruins will play host to the Montreal Canadiens in the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

Jan. 28 to Feb 1: Nashville will host its first-ever NHL All-Star Weekend

Feb. 21: The Minnesota Wild will play host to the Blackhawks at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus.

Feb. 27: The Colorado Avalanche will make their debut in a regular-season outdoor NHL game when they play host to the Detroit Red Wings at Coors Field in Denver.

Apr. 9: All 30 teams will play on the final day of the regular season.

Per usual, the NHL will have its annual Christmas break from Dec. 23-25.