The National Hockey League released its schedule for all 31 of their member clubs, and the Carolina Hurricanes will begin its 20th season of NHL hockey in North Carolina on Saturday, October 7th at PNC Arena in Raleigh as they take on the Minnesota Wild. It will be the first time in three years that the Hurricanes have opened up the season at home, before the Columbus Blue Jackets come to Raleigh on October 10th.
State Fair road trip – Of course, the Hurricanes will embark on their annual road trip away from Raleigh with the North Carolina State Fair taking place, and this year’s installment of their State Fair road trip will see them travel through Winnipeg to face the Jets(October 14th), before visiting Edmonton to take on the Oilers(October 17th), and wrapping up their Canadian portion of the road trip in Calgary on October 19th against the Flames. The 4-game State Fair road trip will come to a close in Dallas against the Stars on October 21st.
Canes to face the new kid on the NHL block this season – The 2017-18 NHL season will see the addition of the league’s 31st franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights, and the Hurricanes will see them for the first time on December 12th at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, before the Golden Knights make their first-ever visit to PNC Arena on January 21st.
Defending Stanley Cup champions on Canes schedule 4 times this season – The two-time Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins will face off against the Hurricanes four times this season, with the first match-up coming on December 29th at PNC Arena, and four days later, the teams will square off on the Pens home ice of PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. Carolina and Pittsburgh will see each other two other times during the season, January 23rd in Pittsburgh and February 23rd in Raleigh.
Eight-game homestand to be longest of the season for Hurricanes – The longest stretch of home games for the Carolina Hurricanes will occur from January 30th-February 13th, making it the longest since 2002, and it will fall in the midst of a stretch of games for the Hurricanes that will see them play 11 of 12 games at PNC Arena coming out of the NHL’s All-Star Break.
The “Redvolution” heads out West – One of the longest stretches of road games for Carolina will start on December 5th in Vancouver against the Canucks, as the Hurricanes West Coast swing will see them travel through San Jose(December 7), Los Angeles(December 9), and Anaheim on December 11th. The trip will also take them to Las Vegas to face the Golden Knights on December 12th, before wrapping up the road trip in Buffalo on December 15th against the Sabres.
RELATED LINK: 2017-18 Carolina Hurricanes regular season schedule