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Oilers schedule released

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:45 PM ET

EDMONTON - Perhaps lost in the coaching change and pre-draft hype is the fact the Edmonton Oilers have regular-season games to play next season.

On Tuesday, the club released its schedule for the 2010-2011 campaign.

The Oilers begin the season at home, hosting the Calgary Flames on Oct. 7, then take on the Florida Panthers at Rexall Place three days later.

The Oilers will play division opponents six times this season, while taking on the rest of the teams in the Western Conference on four occasions.

In total, they’ll play 64 games against Western Conference opponents.

They’ll have 18 games against Eastern Conference teams, nine at home and nine on the road.

Among the Eastern Conference clubs the Oilers will host the Atlanta Thrashers, Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning.

They’ll also host the Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators.

The club will have two extended homestands through the first two weeks of December and midway through February, both consisting of six games.

They’ll have three five-game road trips, one in November, the other in January and a third in March.

The Oilers won’t be playing on New Year’s Eve this season, instead having a Jan. 1 encounter, at home against the Calgary Flames.

Unfortunately for Oilers fans, neither Alexander Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby nor Martin Brodeur will make their way to Edmonton this year. Chris Pronger also won’t come to town. It’s the first time since requesting a trade out of Edmonton, the out-spoken defenceman won’t have to face the Oilers in front of a hostile crowd.

The Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals will not be coming to Rexall Place.

derek.vandiest@sunmedia.ca


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