The National Hockey League announced today the complete regular season schedule for the 2010-11 NHL campaign. The Ducks will open their 18th year in the NHL on Friday, Oct. 8 against Detroit at Joe Louis Arena (4 p.m. PDT). Following a three-game road trip, the Ducks will return to Honda Center for their home opener on Wednesday, Oct. 13 vs. the Vancouver Canucks (7:05 p.m.).
Anaheim’s 2010-11 regular season schedule includes 82 games in total, 41 at Honda Center and 41 on the road. For the third consecutive season, the Ducks will play six games against Pacific Division opponents (24 games total), four games against each non-divisional Western Conference team (40 games), and 18 contests against Eastern Conference opponents. Anaheim will play each NHL team at least once in 2010-11.
Highlights from the home schedule include a visit from Hart Trophy finalists Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday, Nov. 5 (7:05 p.m.) and Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals on Wednesday, Feb. 16 (7:05 p.m.). The Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks will make their first visit of the season to Honda Center on Friday, Nov. 26 (1:05 p.m.), while the Ducks will host Chris Pronger and the Eastern Conference champion Philadelphia Flyers for a New Year’s Eve match on Friday, Dec. 31 (5:05 p.m.). The Ducks will play home and road games versus the Capitals, Flyers and New York Islanders and battle every other Eastern Conference team once. Other Eastern Conference teams to visit Anaheim in 2010-11 include Atlanta (Oct. 15), New Jersey (Oct. 29), Tampa Bay (Nov. 3), Florida (Dec. 1), and the New York Rangers (Mar. 9). Anaheim will face their Southern California rival Los Angeles Kings at Honda Center on Nov. 29, Feb. 23 and Apr. 8.
While 12 of the club’s first 21 contests of 2010-11 will be played on the road, Anaheim will complete the season by playing 14 of the final 22 games at Honda Center. The Ducks will host 13 Friday contests and 12 Sunday contests in 2010-11. November will serve as the busiest month of the season at Honda Center, with nine games scheduled. In addition, there are eight home contests scheduled for March. Anaheim will have a season-long seven-game homestand from Feb. 23-Mar. 9 and a six-game homestand from Dec. 31-Jan. 12. The Ducks will compete in 15 sets of back-to-back games this season, two fewer than 2009-10.
Season, Premium and Mini Plan deposits for the 2010-11 Anaheim Ducks regular season are available now. The club will hold an open house on Sunday, June 27 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Honda Center, giving fans an opportunity to learn more about the exclusive benefits and various seat locations of the plans available. Individual regular season tickets for all Ducks games at Honda Center will go on sale in September. For more ticketing information, call 1-877-WILD WING or visit AnaheimDucks.com.
Attached is the Ducks’ 2010-11 regular season schedule. Anaheim’s local radio and television schedules will be released at a later date.