(July 11, 2007) - The Toronto Maple Leafs will host Northeast Division rival Ottawa at Air Canada Centre on October 3 to open their 2007-08 regular season. This will be the third season in succession that the Maple Leafs will open their schedule by hosting Ottawa. The Senators will also provide the opposition for Toronto in their first road game the following night at the Scotiabank Place for the second consecutive campaign.
Saturday night games once again dominate the Maple Leafs schedule with Toronto playing 26 times on Saturday (17 at home and nine on the road). The Maple Leafs do not have any home games scheduled for Friday and Sunday in the upcoming season.
The busiest month for the club is January as the team will play 14 games (six at home and eight on the road). The busiest home months for Toronto come in October and February (nine and eight games, respectively), while the busiest road months will be in November, December and January (eight games). The Maple Leafs will close out the regular season schedule with a road game against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, April 5 and the team’s final eight games are against Northeast Division teams.
The NHL will continue with the adapted regular season schedule format where the Leafs face their Northeast Division rivals eight times, while continuing to face off four times against the remaining teams in the Eastern Conference. This season they will travel to play the Pacific Division (Anaheim, Dallas, Los Angeles, Phoenix and San Jose) for the first time since the 2003-04 season, but will not see action against the Northwest (Calgary, Colorado, Edmonton, Minnesota, and Vancouver).
The club will face the Central Division (Detroit, Nashville, Columbus, Chicago and St. Louis) at Air Canada Centre for the first time since the 2003-04 season.
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