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Heritage Classic highlights Flames sked

STEVE MACFARLANE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:42 PM ET

February's Heritage Classic is undoubtedly the centrepiece of the Calgary Flames schedule next season.

Seeing the Feb. 20 matchup with the Montreal Canadiens in print — pending final approval, it's pencilled in to take place at McMahon Stadium in front of tens of thousands of fans — will no doubt have a new collection of fans flocking to the gate for the 4 p.m. start.

But there are other great dates on the 2010-11 calendar, too.

Kicking off what they hope will be a return to the playoffs is an early Battle of Alberta as the Flames travel north Oct. 7 to open the season against the Edmonton Oilers.

Hosting the Los Angeles Kings Oct. 10, the Flames kick off their home schedule that includes an early rematch with the Oilers Oct. 16.

A date you can bet new Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Dion Phaneuf already has circled on his calendar arrives Dec. 16. That's when the former Flames star makes his first appearance at the Dome in a Maple Leafs uniform following his upsetting midseason trade.

Keep your heads up, Flames.

The traditional New Year's Eve clash features a new opponent. Replacing the Edmonton Oilers and Canadiens to ring in the new year in Calgary are the young and talented Colorado Avalanche.

There won't be any Sidney sightings at the Saddledome this year with the Flames visiting Crosby's Penguins in Pittsburgh Nov. 27, but Alex Ovechkin's Washington Capitals come to Calgary Oct. 30.

As for Canadian content, Hockey Day in Canada sees the Flames hop to Vancouver to face the Canucks in a late-night matchup.


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