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NHL releases pre-season schedule

TSN.ca Staff

8/11/2008 1:31:14 PM

The National Hockey League has released the 2008-09 pre-season schedule, which runs from Saturday, September 20 through Monday, October 6. The 110-game pre-season slate features the four NHL clubs that will open the regular season in Europe -- the New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning -- playing five games in four European cities.

On September 28, the Lightning play German league champion Eisbaren Berlin in the German capital at the new 02 World Arena.

The Rangers face Russian club Metallurg Magnitogorsk in Bern, Switzerland on October 1 in competition for the Victoria Cup, a trophy slated to be awarded each year to the winner of a match between an NHL team and the winner of Europe's IIHF-sanctioned Champions Hockey League. The night before the Victoria Cup, the Rangers will face 11-time Swiss league champion SC Bern.

The Senators and Penguins will play pre-season games in Sweden and Finland on October 2. The Senators will face Swedish club Frolunda in Daniel Alfredsson's hometown of Gothenburg, while the Penguins will meet Finnish club Jokerit in Helsinki.

On this side of the Atlantic, the Philadelphia Flyers will play a nostalgic final game in their former home, the Wachovia Spectrum, when they host the Carolina Hurricanes Sept. 27.

The people of Roberval, Quebec, winners of the Canada-wide Kraft Hockeyville contest, will celebrate the grand prize when the Montreal Canadiens and Buffalo Sabres play a pre-season game in their community Sept. 23.

The schedule features several other contests that will be played outside NHL markets: Halifax; Kansas City; Las Vegas; London, ON; Moncton, NB; Salt Lake City; Summerside, PEI; and Winnipeg.

PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE

(All times Eastern)

SATURDAY, SEPT. 20

NY Rangers at Ottawa, 7 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.

MONDAY, SEPT. 22

Boston vs. Montreal, at Halifax, N.S. (Metro Centre), 6 p.m.
Ottawa at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.
New Jersey at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Buffalo at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Los Angeles (split squad) vs. St. Louis, at Kansas City, Mo. (Sprint Center), 8 p.m.
Vancouver at Edmonton, 9 p.m.
Phoenix at Los Angeles (split squad), 10:30 p.m.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 23

Boston vs. NY Islanders, at Moncton, N.B. (Moncton Coliseum), 6:30 p.m.
Buffalo vs. Montreal, at Roberval, Que. (Centre Sportif Benoit-Levesque), 7 p.m.
NY Rangers at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Columbus at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
Dallas at St. Louis, 8:30 p.m.
Florida at Calgary, 9 p.m.
Edmonton at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 24

NY Rangers at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Washington at Carolina, 7 p.m.
Philadelphia at Ottawa, 7 p.m.
Toronto at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.
Montreal at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Columbus at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Calgary vs. Phoenix, at Winnipeg, Man. (MTS Centre), 8:30 p.m.
Florida at Edmonton, 9 p.m.
Los Angeles at Colorado, 9 p.m.
San Jose at Anaheim, 10 p.m.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 25

Boston vs. Detroit, at Halifax, N.S. (Metro Centre), 6 p.m.
Carolina at Washington, 7 p.m.
Tampa Bay at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.
NY Islanders vs. Philadelphia, at London, Ont. (John Labatt Centre), 7 p.m.
Atlanta at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Colorado at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Phoenix at Calgary, 9 p.m.
Florida at Edmonton, 9 p.m.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 26

Nashville at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Ottawa at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Boston at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
Atlanta at St. Louis, 8:30 p.m.
Florida at Calgary, 9 p.m.
Anaheim at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 27

Carolina at Philadelphia (Wachovia Spectrum), 1 p.m.
New Jersey at NY Rangers, 2 p.m.
Washington at Boston, 4 p.m.
Florida vs. NY Islanders, at Summerside, P.E.I. (Summerside Wellness Centre), 6 p.m.
Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Montreal at Ottawa, 7 p.m.
Columbus at Nashville, 8 p.m.
St. Louis at Dallas, 8 p.m.
Anaheim at Phoenix, 10 p.m.
Colorado vs. Los Angeles, at Las Vegas, Nev. (MGM Grand), 10 p.m.
Vancouver at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 28

Tampa Bay vs. Eisbaren Berlin, at Berlin, Germany (02 World Arena), 10 a.m.
Philadelphia at Carolina, 3 p.m.
Atlanta at Detroit, 5 p.m.
Florida at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Minnesota at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Dallas at Chicago, 7 p.m.
Vancouver at Anaheim, 8 p.m.

MONDAY, SEPT. 29

Washington at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Chicago at Columbus, 7 p.m.
St. Louis at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
San Jose at Phoenix, 10 p.m.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 30

NY Rangers vs. SC Bern, at Bern, Switzerland (PostFinance Arena), 12 p.m.
Detroit at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Chicago at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Calgary at Edmonton, 9 p.m.
Phoenix at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
Anaheim at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 1

NY Rangers vs. Metallurg Magnitogorsk, at Bern, Switzerland (PostFinance Arena), 1:45 p.m.
New Jersey at NY Islanders, 7 p.m.
Washington at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Detroit at Atlanta, 7 p.m.
Boston at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Buffalo at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Toronto at St. Louis, 8:30 p.m.
Dallas at Colorado, 9 p.m.
Los Angeles at Anaheim, 10 p.m.
Calgary at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

THURSDAY, OCT. 2

Pittsburgh vs. Jokerit, at Helsinki, Finland (Hartwall Arena), 11:30 a.m.
Ottawa vs. Frolunda, at Gothenburg, Sweden (Scandinavium), 1 p.m.
Buffalo at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Carolina at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Chicago at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
San Jose at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

FRIDAY, OCT. 3

NY Islanders at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Philadelphia at Washington, 7 p.m.
Minnesota at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Toronto at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Nashville at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
Chicago at Colorado, 9 p.m.
Edmonton at Calgary, 9 p.m.
Phoenix at Anaheim, 10 p.m.

SATURDAY, OCT. 4

NY Islanders at Boston, 4 p.m.
Philadelphia at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Detroit at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Minnesota at Montreal, 7 p.m.
St. Louis at Atlanta, 7 p.m.
Los Angeles at Phoenix, 10 p.m.

SUNDAY, OCT. 5

Nashville at Carolina, 3 p.m.
Columbus at Toronto, 5 p.m.
Boston at Washington, 5 p.m.
Buffalo at Detroit, 5 p.m.
Colorado at Chicago, 7 p.m.
Edmonton at Dallas, 8 p.m.
Los Angeles vs. San Jose, at Salt Lake City, Utah (E-Center), 9 p.m.
Anaheim at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

MONDAY, OCT. 6

NY Islanders at Florida, 7:30 p.m.