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The last two Stanley Cup champions kick off 2019-20 NHL season

2017 NHL China Games - Los Angeles Kings v Vancouver Canucks

SHANGHAI, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 21: A NHL logo was showed outside of Mercedes-Benz Arena prior to a pre-season National Hockey League game between the Vancouver Canucks and the LA Kings at Mercedes-Benz Arena on September 21, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Yifan Ding/NHLI via Getty Images)

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The two most recent Stanley Cup champs will go head-to-head to open the 2019-20 NHL season.

Home openers for all 31 teams were announced by the NHL on Friday and the quest for the Stanley Cup begins on Wednesday, Oct. 2 with a four-game slate, including the current Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues, who will host the 2017-18 champion Washington Capitals at Enterprise Center.

Opening night will also feature four Canadian teams in action, with the Edmonton Oilers hosting the Vancouver Canucks and the Toronto Maple Leafs welcoming the Ottawa Senators.

Rounding the night off will be a matchup between the Vegas Golden Knights and San Jose Sharks on The Strip.

The complete 1,271-game NHL schedule for the 2019-20 season will be revealed on Tuesday at noon E.T.


Anaheim Ducks: Thursday, Oct. 3 vs. Arizona
Arizona Coyotes: Saturday, Oct. 5 vs. Boston
Boston Bruins: Saturday, Oct. 12 vs. New Jersey
Buffalo Sabres: Saturday, Oct. 5 vs. New Jersey
Calgary Flames: Saturday, Oct. 5 vs. Vancouver
Carolina Hurricanes: Thursday, Oct. 3 vs. Montreal
Chicago Blackhawks: Thursday, Oct. 10 vs. San Jose
Colorado Avalanche: Thursday, Oct. 3 vs. Calgary
Columbus Blue Jackets: Friday, Oct. 4 vs. Toronto
Dallas Stars: Thursday, Oct. 3 vs. Boston
Detroit Red Wings: Sunday, Oct. 6 vs. Dallas
Edmonton Oilers: Wednesday, Oct. 2 vs. Vancouver
Florida Panthers: Saturday, Oct. 5 vs. Tampa Bay
Los Angeles Kings: Saturday, Oct. 12 vs. Nashville
Minnesota Wild: Saturday, Oct. 12 vs. Pittsburgh
Montreal Canadiens: Thursday, Oct. 10 vs. Detroit
Nashville Predators: Thursday, Oct. 3 vs. Minnesota
New Jersey Devils: Friday, Oct. 4 vs. Winnipeg
New York Islanders: Friday, Oct. 4 vs. Washington
New York Rangers: Thursday, Oct. 3 vs. Winnipeg
Ottawa Senators: Saturday, Oct. 5 vs. New York Rangers
Philadelphia Flyers: Wednesday, Oct. 9 vs. New Jersey
Pittsburgh Penguins: Thursday, Oct. 3 vs. Buffalo
San Jose Sharks: Friday, Oct. 4 vs. Vegas
St. Louis Blues: Wednesday, Oct. 2 vs. Washington
Tampa Bay Lightning: Thursday, Oct. 3 vs. Florida
Toronto Maple Leafs: Wednesday, Oct. 2 vs. Ottawa
Vancouver Canucks: Wednesday, Oct. 9 vs. Los Angeles
Vegas Golden Knights: Wednesday, Oct. 2 vs. San Jose
Washington Capitals: Saturday, Oct. 5 vs. Carolina
Winnipeg Jets: Thursday, Oct. 10 vs. Minnesota

Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck.