'Nucks release new schedule

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 9:22 AM ET

Vancouver Canucks will begin the 2006-2007 regular season on a four-game road trip.

Canucks open their 36th National Hockey League campaign Oct. 5 in Detroit against the Red Wings. They'll visit Columbus Blue Jackets (Oct. 6), Colorado Avalanche (Oct. 8) and Minnesota Wild (Oct. 10) before goaltender Roberto Luongo's General Motors Place debut on Oct. 13 against the San Jose Sharks.

Only three of Vancouver's first dozen games are at home, including Oct. 27's meeting with Alexander Ovechkin and the Southeast division's Washington Capitals.

Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes visit Dec. 8. Todd Bertuzzi, Alex Auld and Bryan Allen return with the Florida Panthers on Jan. 7. Fired head coach Marc Crawford and ex-Canucks' goaltender Dan Cloutier make their first visit with the Los Angeles Kings on Jan. 26.

Canucks will travel to the Northeast division's Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators and Buffalo Sabres during a Jan. 13-19 road trip. The NHL All-Star game is Jan. 24 in Dallas.

Regular season ends April 8, 2007 against ex-Canuck blueliner Ed Jovanovski and the Phoenix Coyotes in Arizona.

Canucks begin an eight-game exhibition schedule Sept. 19 at the Calgary Flames. They'll host the Anaheim Ducks on Sept. 24.

Training camp locations, single-game ticket prices and the television schedule are to be announced.


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