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Blackhawks open 2016-17 regular season on Oct. 12

by Chicago Blackhawks / Chicago Blackhawks

In conjunction with the National Hockey League, the Chicago Blackhawks announced today their 2016-17 regular-season schedule. The organization’s 89th regular season launches when the club hosts the St. Louis Blues on Wed., Oct. 12, at the United Center, as previously announced.

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The 2016-17 schedule is highlighted by the Blackhawks’ NHL-high third Winter Classic appearance and fifth overall outdoor game when they face off against the St. Louis Blues at Busch Stadium Jan. 2, 2017.

Blackhawks evening games Monday through Saturday at the United Center will begin at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday home contests slated to start at 6:00 p.m. Select games may begin earlier or later due to national television broadcasts.

Twenty-two of the team’s 41 home contests will take place on weekends, including six Fridays, three Saturdays and 13 Sundays. The Blackhawks will host four separate, four-game homestands (Dec. 4-11; Dec. 18-27; Jan. 5-10; Feb. 23-March 3). Chicago’s longest road trip of the season is a seven-game swing from Nov. 15-26.

Under the NHL’s current schedule format, the Blackhawks will play the other six teams within their division for a total of 29 games. Chicago will play five games each against Colorado (three home/two away), Dallas (three home/two away), Nashville (two home/three away), St. Louis (two home/three away) and Winnipeg (three home/two away), while facing Minnesota four times (two home/two away).

Chicago will play the remaining seven Western Conference teams three times each for a total of 21 games. The Blackhawks will host two games against Arizona, Calgary and Vancouver, while traveling to each of those cities for one contest. The team will play one home game against Anaheim, Edmonton, Los Angeles and San Jose and will play two road contests against each of those clubs.

The Blackhawks will meet each Eastern Conference team once at home and once on the road for a total of 32 out-of-conference games.

For the ninth consecutive season, all 82 Chicago Blackhawks games will be televised in HD on Comcast SportsNet Chicago and WGN-TV, the official television broadcasting partners of the Blackhawks, with Pat Foley and Eddie Olczyk providing the call. Every game in 2016-17 can also be heard on Chicago’s WGN Radio 720, with John Wiedeman and Troy Murray calling the action. The complete television broadcast schedule will be released at a later date.

Information about group tickets for Blackhawks pre and regular-season games is available by calling (312) 455-7000. Tickets for single games will be available at a later date.

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