The NHL released the 2019-20 schedule Tuesday and it revealed some intriguing matchups for the Blackhawks as they look for a return to the postseason. Here are my 10 must-see Blackhawks games next season:
Oct. 4 at Flyers
This won't be just any season-opener as the Blackhawks face off against the Flyers in Prague, Czech Republic as part of the NHL's Global Series. The last time the Blackhawks opened the season in Europe was to kick off the 2009-10 campaign when they split a pair of games against the Panthers in Helsinki, Finland. That season worked out pretty well for the Blackhawks.
Oct. 10 vs. Sharks
After completing training camp in Berlin, Germany-including an exhibition game against Eisbaren Berlin on Sept. 29-and then facing the Flyers, the Blackhawks will open the home portion of the season against the Sharks at the United Center in the first of a seven-game homestand. It will be fans' first regular-season opportunity to get a glimpse of not only the Blackhawks, but the new state-of-the-art scoreboard hanging above center ice.
Oct. 29 at Predators
It's always a rollicking good time when the Blackhawks face the Predators in Nashville and this game that will begin a four-game road trip that will also see the Blackhawks head to the West Coast should be no exception.
Dec. 2 vs. Blues
The defending Stanley Cup champion Blues-that still has a weird sound to it-will make their first appearance of the 2019-20 season at the United Center and fans will have an opportunity to congratulate the champs in their own special way.
Dec. 6 at Devils
The Blackhawks will get their first look at No. 1 overall draft pick Jack Hughes for the revamped Devils, who also added defenseman P.K. Subban to the mix.
Video: 2019-20 Home Game Highlights
Dec. 14 at Blues
Blues fans will no doubt relish being able to rub the Blues' Cup title in the faces of any Blackhawks fans making the trip South to St. Louis.
Jan. 21 vs. Panthers
Behind the visiting bench will be a familiar face as former Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville will make his first trip back to Chicago where he helped capture Stanley Cups in 2010, 2013 and 2015.
Feb. 9 at Jets
The longest road trip of the season-a grueling five games all held in Canada-will start and end in Winnipeg with stops in Edmonton, Vancouver and Calgary in between.
Feb. 29 at Panthers
A rare Leap Day contest will see the Blackhawks facing off against the Panthers and Quenneville in the coach's new home.
April 4 at Rangers
A matinee on the final day of the regular season that could determine the postseason fate of two of the NHL's Original Six teams? Sounds like a match made for Broadway.