Kings, Ducks both to open sea­son at home

Fly­ers visit Sta­ples on Oct. 5, and Coy­otes will drop in at Honda Cen­ter that day.

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By He­lene El­liott he­lene.el­liott@la­times.com Twit­ter: @he­le­nenothe­len

The 31-team NHL will launch its 2017-18 sea­son with four games on Oct. 4, but the Kings and the Ducks will have to wait a day to drop the puck.

As an­nounced Thurs­day by the league, the Kings will open their sea­son Oct. 5 at Sta­ples Cen­ter against the Philadel­phia Fly­ers. The Ducks also will open on Oct. 5, against the Ari­zona Coy­otes at Honda Cen­ter, their first home sea­son opener in seven years. The ex­pan­sion Ve­gas Golden Knights will make their de­but Oct. 6 at Dal­las and will play their first home game on Oct. 10 against Ari­zona at T-Mo­bile Arena.

The league sched­uled three out­door games: Mon­treal at Ottawa on Dec. 16, the New York Rangers against the Buf­falo Sabres at Citi Field in New York on Jan. 1, and the Toronto Maple Leafs ver­sus the Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals at Annapolis, Md., on March 3. Con­tin­u­ing its in­ter­na­tional push, the league sched­uled Colorado to face Ottawa at Stock­holm on Oct. 10 and 11.

The 1,271-game sched­ule doesn’t in­clude an Olympic break, elim­i­nat­ing the pos­si­bil­ity that the league might re­verse course and al­low play­ers to rep­re­sent their home­lands at Pyeongchang, South Korea, next Fe­bru­ary. The NHL has sent play­ers to the last five Win­ter Olympics, but com­mis­sioner Gary Bettman has said a re­turn doesn’t make sense fi­nan­cially or com­pet­i­tively.

A break was built in for Al­lS­tar week­end at Tampa, Fla., from Jan. 26 through Jan. 29.

The Kings will have a sixgame trip in Oc­to­ber and a seven-game trip that starts on Feb. 9 and runs through Feb. 20. They will make their first visit to Pa­cific Divi­sion ri­val Ve­gas on Nov. 19.

The Ducks will start with a four-game home­s­tand but have two six-game trips in Novem­ber and De­cem­ber and another five-game trip af­ter the All-Star break. They’ll play four of their last five games at home.

Etc.

NHL gen­eral man­agers, meet­ing in Chicago be­fore Fri­day’s draft, rec­om­mended as­sess­ing a mi­nor penalty against teams that chal­lenge an off­side call but lose that chal­lenge. The com­pe­ti­tion com­mit­tee and Board of Gov­er­nors will have fi­nal ap­proval.

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