(July 27, 2005) - The Toronto Maple Leafs will host Northeast Division rival Ottawa at Air Canada Centre on October 5 to open their 2005-06 regular season. The Senators will also provide the opposition for Toronto in their first road game on October 10 at the Corel Centre. Schedule Highlighs
Saturday night games once again dominate the Maple Leafs schedule with Toronto playing 25 times on Saturday (16 at home and nine on the road). The team will also play 16 games on Tuesday (11 at home and five on the road). The Maple Leafs do not have home games scheduled for Sunday.
For the first time since the 1965-66 season, the Maple Leafs will play consecutive games against the same team in the same venue. The Maple Leafs will travel to Ottawa to face the Senators in back to back games on January 21 and 23 and to Montreal to face the Canadiens on March 23 and 25. Toronto will host the Buffalo Sabres in consecutive home games on April 1 and 3.
The busiest months for the club are in November and March as the team plays 14 games in each month. The busiest home months for Toronto come in October and December (eight games), while the busiest road months will be in January and March (nine games). The Maple Leafs will close out the regular season schedule with a home game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on April 18.
With the NHL's new regular season schedule format, the Maple Leafs will now play Northeast Division rivals eight times, while continuing to face off four times against the remaining teams in the Eastern Conference. The new format also means that the Maple Leafs will not see action against Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Nashville or St. Louis during the 2005-06 regular season campaign. The club will host all five teams from the Pacific Division (Anaheim, Dallas, Los Angeles, Phoenix and San Jose) once and will visit each team in the Northwest Division (Calgary, Colorado, Edmonton, Minnesota and Vancouver) on one occasion. For the first time since the 1997-98 season, the Maple Leafs will travel to Colorado to face the Avalanche on January 17.
The league will shut down from February 13 to 27 so that NHL players can participate in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.
Leafs TV will have exclusive live coverage of 12 regular season games to be announced at a later date. Schedule Highlighs
Other Schedule Notes:
Saturday home games start at 7 p.m. (with the exception of February 11 - 6 p.m.)
Weekday home games start at 7:30 p.m. (with the exception of October 5 - 8 p.m. and December 23 - 7 p.m.)
The longest road streak occurs on two occasions from January 17 to 23 (four games) and March 23 to 28 (four games)
The longest homestand takes place December 3 to 12 (four games)
The Maple Leafs will play on consecutive nights on 19 occasions, compared to 16 in 2003-04