RALEIGH, NC – The National Hockey League released its 2016-17 schedule for all of its member clubs today, and the Carolina Hurricanes will begin its season on Thursday, October 13th in Winnipeg against the Jets to begin a six-game road trip until October 26th, which will fall during the North Carolina State Fair. The Hurricanes will open up the home portion of their schedule on Friday, October 28th at PNC Arena against the New York Rangers at 7:30 p.m. to begin a brief two-game homestand.
Carolina will play seven games at PNC Arena during the month of November, which will include five straight games from November 10th-20th, and the month of December will feature another seven home games, including visits from the Tampa Bay Lightning(December 4th), Washington Capitals(December 16th), Detroit Red Wings(December 19th), Boston Bruins(December 23rd), and Chicago Blackhawks(December 30th).
2017 will see the Hurricanes face five Metropolitan Division opponents at PNC Arena, which will include the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins on January 20th. After the NHL All-Star Break, Carolina will play 18 home games in February, March, and April, with the regular-season home finale coming on April 8th, against the St. Louis Blues.
Among the dates on this year’s Hurricanes schedule, the schedule breakdown is listed as follows:
- 26 of the Hurricanes home games at PNC Arena this season will fall on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.
- Of the 11 Friday home games this season, each game will have a 7:30 p.m. puck drop, with the exception of the January 20th game vs. Pittsburgh, which will have a 7:00 p.m. start.
- The Hurricanes will make their first visit to the brand-new Rogers Place on October 18th to face the Edmonton Oilers in their lone visit to Edmonton, and on October 25th, the Hurricanes will make their final visit to one of the NHL’s most iconic venues, Joe Louis Arena in Detroit to take on the Detroit Red Wings.
- Carolina will have 16 back-to-back sets for the third season in a row.
- Among the featured Metropolitan Division games for the Hurricanes will include 5 games with the New York Islanders(3 home, 2 away); Philadelphia Flyers(2 home, 3 away); Pittsburgh Penguins(2 home, 2 away); and Washington Capitals(2 home, 2 away).
A new feature to this year’s NHL schedule is a five-day “bye week” for each team, which is a consecutive five-day set of off days, which includes no practices, that falls between January 1st and February 28th, and the bye week for the Hurricanes will run from February 12th through February 16th, which when Carolina will be back in action against the Colorado Avalanche.