NEW YORK -- The Boston Bruins raise a Stanley Cup championship banner for the first time since 1972 and Winnipeg welcomes the National Hockey League back to town after a 15-year hiatus when the 2011-12 NHL regular season commences in October. The League announced the full regular-season schedule for all 30 teams on Thursday.
Opening night is Thursday, Oct. 6. It will feature a coast-to-coast North American tripleheader. The Philadelphia Flyers visit TD Garden to face the Cup champ Bruins -- matching epic foes from the last two postseasons. The Toronto Maple Leafs will host their long-time rivals, the Montreal Canadiens, at Air Canada Centre, while the Pittsburgh Penguins travel across the continent to Rogers Arena to take on the Western Conference champion Vancouver Canucks.