The Detroit Red Wings – along with the rest of the National Hockey League – announced their schedule for the 2015-16 regular season on Thursday.
The Red Wings will open the season at home on October 9, hosting former head coach Mike Babcock and the Toronto Maple Leafs. The next night they’ll be in Raleigh to visit the Carolina Hurricanes for their first of seventeen sets of games on back-to-back nights.
The highlight of the season could be the February 27 visit to Denver, where the Colorado Avalanche will host the Red Wings at Coors Field in the 2016 NHL Stadium Series game. It will mark Detroit’s third outdoor game following the 2009 Winter Classic at Chicago’s Wrigley Field and the 2014 Winter Classic at Ann Arbor’s Michigan Stadium.
Detroit’s first visit to the newest arena in the league – Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center, home of the New York Islanders – will be on January 25.
The longest homestand of the season is a six-game set across the end of November and beginning of December. The longest road trip is also six games, with visits to Buffalo, New Jersey, San Jose, Anaheim, Los Angeles, and Arizona to start 2016.
The Wings will close out the season visiting the New York Rangers on April 9. All NHL teams will be in action on that day.