LOS ANGELES – Three-game and four-game homestands in October will help the Los Angeles Kings kick off their 2007-08 regular season schedule, the NHL and the Kings announced Wednesday. (2007-08 Schedule
For the fourth consecutive year, the Kings will open their season away from STAPLES Center as they officially begin the 2007-08 regular season against the cross-town rival Anaheim Ducks at the O2 Arena in London as part of the “NHL Premiere 2007” series, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29 and Sunday, Sept. 30 at 9 a.m.
The Kings will host the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, Oct. 6, at STAPLES Center at 7:30 p.m. in their official home opener for the 2007-08 season. In addition, the Kings will open a three-game homestand at STAPLES Center with games against the Boston Bruins on Oct. 12, the Detroit Red Wings on Oct. 14 and the Minnesota Wild on Oct. 16, and they’ll close the month of October with a four-game homestand at STAPLES Center featuring games against the Nashville Predators (Oct. 23), the Dallas Stars (Oct. 25), the Edmonton Oilers (Oct. 27) and the Columbus Blue Jackets (Oct. 31).
The 82-game schedule has the Kings playing 40 games at STAPLES Center and the rest on the road. The Kings’ longest homestand (six games) of the season takes place Jan. 1 – 12 and the longest road trip of the season (eight games) takes place from Jan. 29 – Feb. 12.
The League utilizes a staggered schedule. The Kings play eight times against divisional opponents and four games against teams in the Central and Northwest Divisions of the Western Conference. The Kings this season host the five clubs from the Eastern Conference’s Northeast Division (the Boston Bruins, the Buffalo Sabres, the Montreal Canadiens, the Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs) while traveling to the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division (the New Jersey Devils, the New York Islanders, the New York Rangers, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Pittsburgh Penguins).
As part of the STAPLES Center visits by the Northeast Division clubs, Kings fans will have a chance to see three of the League’s Original Six teams for the first time since the 2003-04 season. The Bruins last met the Kings at STAPLES Center on Oct. 18, 2003; the Maple Leafs last met the Kings at STAPLES Center on Nov. 13, 2003; and the Canadiens last met the Kings at STAPLES Center on March 6, 2004.
The Kings host the cross-town Ducks on Nov. 15, Jan. 24 and April 5 (in the season finale), while Los Angeles’ Northern California foes, the San Jose Sharks, make visits to STAPLES Center on Nov. 3, Dec. 26, March 18 and April 3.
***KINGS PRESEASON SCHEDULE BEGINS ON SEPT. 13 AT ANAHEIM***
The Kings 2007 preseason schedule begins on Thursday, Sept. 13 at Anaheim. In addition to the two preseason home games at STAPLES Center, the Kings will also host the Colorado Avalanche in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand on Sept. 22 as part of “Frozen Fury 10.” For your Frozen Fury 10 travel needs, Travel Better with AAA* Call: 1-800-281-5231 Click: AAA.com/travel or Visit: your local AAA Travel Agent.