Calgary, AB - The Calgary Flames announced today their 2007-08 regular season schedule. Calgary kicks-off the '07-08 campaign with back-to-back home games at the Pengrowth Saddledome starting with the Eastern Conference’s Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday, October 4th followed by divisional rival, the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday, October 6th.
Complete 2007-08 regular season schedule
The Flames' annual New Year's Eve home game has Calgary hosting the Canucks at 7:00 p.m. The Christmas schedule includes home games against Dallas (December 21st), New Jersey (December 23rd), Anaheim (December 29th), Vancouver (December 31st) and the New York Rangers (January 2nd).
Calgary plays host to a seven game home-stand (longest of the season) from October 18th through November 1st with Los Angeles, Edmonton, San Jose, Minnesota, Colorado, Nashville, and Detroit all making a stop at the Pengrowth Saddledome. The Flames longest road trip is a six game trek from December 9th-18th when the Flames travel to Chicago, Florida, Tampa Bay, Carolina, St. Louis and Columbus.
The Flames will travel to the Southeast Division for the first time in three years, and will host the Atlantic Division, highlighted with a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins and the NHL’s MVP Sidney Crosby on Thursday, December 6th.
The home day-by-day breakdown is as follows: Monday (3), Tuesday (10), Wednesday (3), Thursday (9), Friday (6), Saturday (9) and Sunday (1). Other schedule notables include eleven back-to-back games as well as 15 home stints and 15 road trips.
The Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks will open the National Hockey League’s 90th anniversary season with a two-game series against the Los Angeles Kings in London, England at the spectacular new O2 Arena on September 29-30th. The Ducks and Kings are the first teams in NHL history to play regular-season games in Europe.
The New York Rangers visit the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, November 10th, for the annual “Hall of Fame” game. Two nights later, the Hall will welcome, former Calgary Flames defenceman Al MacInnis, Ron Francis, Mark Messier and Scott Stevens in the Players category and Jim Gregory in the Builders category.
The Atlanta Thrashers and Philips Arena will host the events of All-Star Weekend January 26-27th. NHL All-Star Saturday, including the NHL YoungStars Game and the Dodge/NHL SuperSkills will be followed on Sunday, January 27th, by the 56th NHL All-Star Game.
“Hockey Day In Canada,” February 9th, will include four games involving the six Canadian-based clubs. Detroit will visit Toronto for an afternoon game; Montreal visits Ottawa and Calgary hosts Edmonton in the “Battle of Alberta” in the early-evening game, after which Vancouver hosts Colorado.
The Flames regular season schedule concludes with a four game road trip against Northwest Divisional opponents starting in Vancouver on Sunday, March 30th and will conclude on Saturday, April 5th in Vancouver. The final day of the 2007-08 NHL schedule is Sunday, April 6th and the 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs will begin on Wednesday, April 9th and will conclude no later than Monday, June 9th.