Rexall sees game's biggest names

The Battle of Alberta resumes on Oct. 3 when the Edmonton Oilers host rival Calgary Flames.  (Jason...

The Battle of Alberta resumes on Oct. 3 when the Edmonton Oilers host rival Calgary Flames. (Jason Franson/Sun Media)

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:13 AM ET

Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin are coming back to Rexall Place this season.

Yesterday the Edmonton Oilers released their 2009-2010 regular-season schedule in conjunction with the rest of the NHL.

"I've worked with the hockey guys on it and I can tell you that they are way more comfortable with the schedule this year than they were last year," said the Oilers vice president of communications and broadcast Allan Watt.

"We open at home to start the season with a four-game home stand and this year is much more balanced.

"We have the lowest number of back-to-back games in the league, which makes everyone happy."

The Oilers begin the season at home on Oct. 3 against the Calgary Flames. It'll be the first of nine home games with the club who'll also play host to the Montreal Canadiens during that opening home stand.

"Last year, I think we only played two games or something like that at home during the first month of the schedule," Watt said. "This time it's balanced through the first three months of the season.

"Then the last half of the season is really even as well with 21 games at home and 20 on the road. You can't beat that."

This year the Oilers are playing host selected members the Atlantic and Southeast Division.

Along with the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals, the Oilers will also be playing host to the New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers.

They'll also play host to every other Canadian team in the league.

"Getting Pittsburgh in January is always good," Watt said. "I also like that we get Toronto over the Christmas season."

DEREK.VANDIEST@SUNMEDIA.CA


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