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Wings to open at home against Chicago

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings
DETROIT -- The Red Wings will open the North American portion of their 2009-10 regular-season with a home game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 8 at Joe Louis Arena.


The Wings defeated the Blackhawks in the Western Conference finals to advance to the Stanley Cup finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Detroit will play the Stanley Cup champion Penguins twice in '09-10; at Mellon Arena on Jan. 31 and at Joe Louis Arena on March 22.

This season will also mark the return of the traditional New Year's Eve game at JLA. This year's opponent will be the Colorado Avalanche. It'll be the first time that Avs have played in Detroit on New Year's Eve.

The Wings have played in 62 New Year's Eve games, posting a 32-22-8 all-time record.

The Red Wings begin the NHL regular-season with a pair of games against the St. Louis Blues in Stockholm, Sweden. The games will be played at Globe Arena on Oct. 2 and Oct. 3.

Check back here Wednesday after 3 p.m. EDT when the remaining games of the Red Wings' upcoming season schedule will be released.

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