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2018-19 NHL Regular Season Opener

October 3, 2018

2018-19 NHL Regular Season Opener, 2019 NHL All-Star Weekend

2018-19 NHL Regular Season Opener

The NHL’s 2018-19 regular season will commence Wednesday, Oct. 3, with a four-game slate, highlighted by the Washington Capitals raising their first Stanley Cup championship banner before facing the Boston Bruins at Capital One Arena. There are 1,271-game regular-season scheduled, 82 games per team.

The other three games on the first night of the 2018-19 season include the Montreal Canadiens visiting the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena; the Vancouver Canucks hosting the Calgary Flames at Rogers Arena; and the San Jose Sharks playing host to the Anaheim Ducks at SAP Center.

The Anaheim Ducks and Florida Panthers are both celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2018-19.

Scheduling Matrix

The scheduling matrix ensures that all 31 teams play in all 31 arenas at least once each season.


On the heels of a campaign that saw the largest year-to-year scoring increase in more than three decades and another record-tying seven-team playoff turnover, the 2018-19 NHL season begins Wednesday in four cities: Toronto, Washington, Vancouver and San Jose.

In Toronto, the Canadiens and Maple Leafs will face off for their 741st all-time regular-season meeting, the 17th to come in a mutual season-opener (TOR: 9-6-1, MTL: 7-9-0). The Canadiens (53-30-17, 100 GP) are one of three NHL clubs with at least 40 wins in season-opening games, joined on that list by the Red Wings (41-36-14, 91 GP) and Bruins (40-37-16, 93 GP).

In Washington, the Capitals will raise their first-ever Cup banner to the rafters of Capital One Arena before hosting the Bruins, a contest that comes 119 days after the Capitals defeated the expansion Golden Knights 4-3 in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. Defending Stanley Cup champions own an all-time record of 57-25-15 in season openers, including only three wins over the past 10 seasons: Pittsburgh won in 2009-10 and 2016-17, and Chicago won in 2013-14.

In Vancouver, the Flames and Canucks renew their rivalry in their first matchup since Dec. 17, 2017, and first in more than 18 years without either Daniel or Henrik Sedin. Wednesday will mark the first time in the 21st century that the Canucks will play a game against any opponent without either Sedin in the lineup – a span of 6,752 days and 1,465 team games (1,360 regular season and 105 playoffs). A season-ending 5-2 victory in San Jose on April 9, 2000 was the last such occurrence.

In San Jose, Erik Karlsson is expected to make his regular-season debut with the Sharks when they host the Ducks for the final game of opening night. Karlsson (126-392—518 in 627 GP) had 0.83 points per game over his first nine NHL seasons with the Senators, the eighth-highest points per game average by a defenseman in League history (min. 200 GP) – 0.12 better than the next-closest active blueliner (John Klingberg: 0.71; 42-172—214 in 303 GP).

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