(July 14, 2004) -- The Toronto Maple Leafs will travel to New Jersey on October 15 to face the Devils at Continental Airlines Arena to open their 78th season in the National Hockey League. Northeast Division rival Ottawa will provide the opposition for Toronto in their home opener the next night at Air Canada Centre.
Saturday and Tuesday night games dominate the Maple Leafs schedule with Toronto playing 24 times on Saturday (17 at home and seven on the road) and 23 times on Tuesday (15 games at home and eight games on the road). The team will also play 17 games on Thursday (five at home and 12 on the road). The Maple Leafs do not have home games scheduled for Wednesday or Sunday.
For the first time since the 1994-95 season (April 7 and 8) the Maple Leafs will play home games on consecutive nights (February 18 vs. Buffalo and February 19 vs. Edmonton). In addition, the last time the Maple Leafs played home games on consecutive nights during a full regular season was in 1992-93 (February 19 and 20).
The busiest month for the club will be in March as the team plays 16 times (eight at home and eight on the road). The busiest home month for Toronto comes in February with 10 games, while the busiest road months will be in December and January (nine games). The Maple Leafs will close out the regular season schedule with a home game against the Buffalo Sabres on April 9.
The Maple Leafs will once again play Northeast Division rivals six times and will play four games against the remaining teams in the Eastern Conference. Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Nashville and Colorado will not travel to Toronto to play the Maple Leafs in 2004-05. On the road, the club will not face Minnesota, Anaheim, Dallas, Los Angeles, Phoenix and San Jose.
For the first time since the 1997-98 season, the Maple Leafs will travel to Colorado to face the Avalanche on December 27. Toronto will play Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver on two occasions (once at home and once on the road), making them the only Western Conference teams that the Maple Leafs will face more than once.
The Maple Leafs will hold their 2004 Training Camp in Kitchener, Ontario. The club is scheduled to play eight preseason games. The team travels to Montreal (September 24), Ottawa (September 25), Detroit (October 1) and Buffalo (October 8). The Maple Leafs will host Buffalo (September 28), Ottawa (October 2), Montreal (October 5) and Detroit (October 9) at Air Canada Centre.
Leafs TV will broadcast all preseason games live and 12 regular season games to be announced at a later date.
Other Schedule Notes:
- Saturday home games start at 7:00 p.m.
- Weekday home games start at 7:30 p.m.
- The longest road streak occurs December 21 to January 1 (6 games)
- The longest homestand takes place February 10 to February 26 (7 games)
- The Maple Leafs will play on consecutive nights on 16 occasions, compared to 15 last season