(Edmonton, AB) – The Edmonton Oilers will open their season at Rogers Place when they host the Calgary Flames in the Battle of Alberta on Wednesday, October 4.
The Oilers October home schedule is loaded with marquee matchups. In addition to Opening Night, the Oilers will host Patrick Laine and the Winnipeg Jets on October 9, the Nation’s Capital Ottawa Senators on October 14, the Carolina Hurricanes on October 17, the Dallas Stars on October 26 and Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals on October 28.
To begin the month of November, the Oilers host the two-time defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins on November 1, New Jersey Devils on November 3, Detroit Red Wings on November 5. The Oilers will host the National Hockey League’s newest franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights on November 14 and the St. Louis Blues on November 16. The Oilers will finish off the month when they host one of the iconic Canadian franchises, the Toronto Maple Leafs on November 30.
Edmonton will also play host to several other exciting matchups to round out the 2017-18 season at Rogers Place. The historic, Original Six Montreal Canadiens will visit Edmonton prior to the Holiday Break on December 23. The Winnipeg Jets will face the Oilers in a New Year’s Eve game on December 31 for the second straight year, Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres will make their sole visit to Rogers Place on January 23, the NHL’s Original Six Boston Bruins will visit on February 20 and another iconic franchise, the New York Rangers on March 3.
The Oilers will play 29 games against their Pacific Division rivals (Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Calgary Flames, Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks, Vancouver Canucks and Vegas Golden Knights). Edmonton will play each divisional opponent four times, with the exception of the Calgary Flames, who they will face five times.
The Oilers will play three games against each of the remaining teams in the Western Conference for a total of 21 games. Edmonton also plays in 11 back-to-back games this season and 10 afternoon games.
Rounding out their 82-game schedule, the Oilers will play 32 games against Eastern Conference opponents, which will see the teams play one home and one away game.
The Oilers will make two five-game road trips in 2017-18 from November 18 to November 26 (Dallas, St. Louis, Detroit, Buffalo and Boston) and from January 6 to January 13 (Dallas, Chicago, Nashville, Arizona and Las Vegas).
The team will host three five-game homestands this season at Rogers Place from October 26 to November 5, January 20 to February 5 and March 1 to March 10.
The Oilers will play their final road game against the Minnesota Wild on April 2 and close out the 2017-18 schedule at home against two division rivals, the Vegas Golden Knights on April 5 and Vancouver Canucks on April 7.