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Oilers open 2006-07 with Battle of Alberta

by Staff Writer / Edmonton Oilers

Rookie-of-the-Year Alexander Ovechkin faces the Oilers for the first time on October 28.

The Edmonton Oilers open their 27th National Hockey League season on Thursday, October 5th as they host the Calgary Flames at Rexall Place.

It is the first of two games between the Oilers and Flames to start the season as the teams conclude their season-opening home-and-home series at the Pengrowth Sadlledome on Saturday, October 7th. Edmonton and Calgary will meet eight times in the "Battle of Alberta" during the 2006-07 season with the Oilers also hosting the Flames at Rexall Place on November 21st, January 20th and March 3rd. Edmonton will visit Calgary on December 31st, January 13th and April 7th.

Edmonton will play eight games against their Northwest Division opponents - Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks, Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild - four times at home and four times on the road. The Oilers will play four games against each of the remaining teams in the Western Conference, facing their Central and Pacific Division opponents twice at home and twice on the road.

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  • Edmonton will play a total of 10 games against Eastern Conference opponents to round out the 82-game schedule. The Oilers will host the five teams from the Southeast Division, giving Edmonton fans their first chance to see Alexander Ovechkin at Rexall Place when the 2006 NHL Rookie-of-the-Year comes to town with the Washington Capitals on Saturday, October 28th.

    Also coming to Rexall Place for the first time since the 2003-04 season are Atlanta, Carolina, Florida and Tampa Bay. The Oilers and Hurricanes face-off against each other on Wednesday, December 6th in a rematch of the 2006 Stanley Cup finalists.

    Edmonton will play five road games against the Northeast Division as the Oilers visit Boston, Buffalo, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto. Not making an appearance in Edmonton will be teams in both the Atlantic and Northeast Divisions.

    Weekend games are again highlighted in the Oilers home schedule with 17 of the teams 41 home dates being played on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. The Oilers will play 10 games on Saturday, six on Friday and one on Sunday. Games are slated for every day of the week with 10 games on Thursday, seven on Tuesday, five on Wednesday and two on Monday.

    The Oilers longest homestand of the season is a seven game affair in late November and early December that will see them host St. Louis (Nov. 16), Detroit (Nov. 18), Calgary (Nov. 21), Chicago (Nov. 24), Anaheim (Nov. 28), Colorado (Nov. 30) and Columbus (Dec. 2). Edmonton will also have a six-game homestand in March, playing six games at Rexall Place between March 15th and 24th.

    March will be the busiest month of the season at Rexall Place as the Oilers host nine home games., while both November and January feature eight games at home. February will see the Oilers play nine of their 13 games on the road and they will play eight of 14 games in December away from Rexall Place.

    Edmonton has three road trips of five-or-more games, including a six-game road swing to conclude the regular season as the Mens World Curling Championships take place at Rexall Place from March 30th to April 8th. The Oilers wrap-up their schedule by visiting Nashville (Mar. 27), St. Louis (Mar. 29), Chicago (Apr. 1), Minnesota (Apr. 3 & Apr. 5) and Calgary (Apr. 7). The longest road trip of the season will see the Oilers play seven games away from home between February 13th and 25th, while they are on the road for five games in November (Nov. 7-13).

    The 2006-07 NHL schedule, which features 1,230 games, opens on Wednesday, October 4th and concludes on April 8th. The Stanley Cup Playoffs begin on April 11th and will conclude no later than June 11th. The NHL will take its 2007 All-Star break from January 21st to 25th with the 55th NHL All-Star Game being played on Wednesday, January 24th at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
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