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Penguins to celebrate Cup championship at home opener

Pittsburgh plays Washington on Oct. 13; League announces first 2016-17 home game for all 30 teams

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The Pittsburgh Penguins will celebrate their Stanley Cup championship at their first home game of the 2016-17 season on Oct. 13 against the Washington Capitals.  

The League released the home openers for all 30 teams Monday. The full 2016-17 schedule will be released Tuesday. 

The Penguins defeated the Presidents' Trophy-winning Capitals in the Eastern Conference Second Round in six games en route to beating the San Jose Sharks in six games to win the Cup for the fourth time.

The Sharks, who played in the Cup Final for the first time in franchise history, play their home opener against the Los Angeles Kings at SAP Center on Oct. 12. The Sharks defeated the Kings in the Western Conference First Round in five games. 

Video: Opening Day games announced

The 2016-17 season also marks the 50th anniversary season for the Penguins, Kings, Philadelphia Flyers and St. Louis Blues. 

The Kings' home opener is Oct. 14 against the Flyers; Philadelphia plays its first home game Oct. 20 against the Anaheim Ducks; the Blues' home opener is against the Minnesota Wild on Oct. 13. 

The Detroit Red Wings have their final home opener at Joe Louis Arena on Oct. 17 against the Ottawa Senators. The Red Wings move into Little Caesars Arena for the 2017-18 season.

The Edmonton Oilers play their first game at Rogers Place against the Calgary Flames on Oct. 12. The 2015-16 season was the Oilers final season at Rexall Place. 

FULL LIST OF HOME OPENERS, 2016-17 SEASON

Anaheim Ducks: Sunday, Oct. 23 vs. Vancouver
Arizona Coyotes: Saturday, Oct. 15 vs. Philadelphia
Boston Bruins: Thursday, Oct. 20 vs. New Jersey
Buffalo Sabres: Thursday, Oct. 13 vs. Montreal
Calgary Flames: Friday, Oct. 14 vs. Edmonton
Carolina Hurricanes: Friday, Oct. 28 vs. NY Rangers
Chicago Blackhawks: Wednesday, Oct. 12 vs. St. Louis
Colorado Avalanche: Saturday, Oct. 15 vs. Dallas
Columbus Blue Jackets: Thursday, Oct. 13 vs. Boston
Dallas Stars: Thursday, Oct. 13 vs. Anaheim
Detroit Red Wings: Monday, Oct. 17 vs. Ottawa
Edmonton Oilers: Wednesday, Oct. 12 vs. Calgary
Florida Panthers: Thursday, Oct. 13 vs. New Jersey
Los Angeles Kings: Friday, Oct. 14 vs. Philadelphia
Minnesota Wild: Saturday, Oct. 15 vs. Winnipeg
Montreal Canadiens: Tuesday, Oct. 18 vs. Pittsburgh
Nashville Predators: Friday, Oct. 14 vs. Chicago
New Jersey Devils: Tuesday, Oct. 18 vs. Anaheim
New York Islanders: Sunday, Oct. 16 vs. Anaheim
New York Rangers: Thursday, Oct. 13 vs. NY Islanders
Ottawa Senators: Wednesday, Oct. 12 vs. Toronto
Philadelphia Flyers: Thursday, Oct. 20 vs. Anaheim
Pittsburgh Penguins: Thursday, Oct. 13 vs. Washington
San Jose Sharks: Wednesday, Oct. 12 vs. Los Angeles
St. Louis Blues: Thursday, Oct. 13 vs. Minnesota
Tampa Bay Lightning: Thursday, Oct. 13 vs. Detroit
Toronto Maple Leafs: Saturday, Oct. 15 vs. Boston
Vancouver Canucks: Saturday, Oct. 15 vs. Calgary
Washington Capitals: Saturday, Oct. 15 vs. NY Islanders
Winnipeg Jets: Thursday, Oct. 13 vs. Carolina

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