The Carolina Hurricanes released their regular-season schedule for the upcoming season Wednesday.
The regular season opens Friday, Oct. 2 at the RBC Center against the Philadelphia Flyers, one of four 2009 playoff teams among the Canes' first seven opponents. They play all three of their opponents in last year's Stanley Cup playoffs -- the New Jersey Devils, Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins -- in that span.
Seven of the Canes' first 12 games are on the road and there are 16 back-to-back games, all involving travel.
There's a break for the Winter Olympics, which will be held Feb. 15-28 in Vancouver. The Canes' last game before the break is against New Jersey on Feb. 13.
They resume play March 2 at the Edmonton Oilers. Hurricanes wing Erik Cole will face the Oilers for the first time since he was traded back to Carolina, where he has spent most of his career. He came back to the Canes at last year's trade deadline in a three-team deal that included shipping wing Justin Williams to the Los Angeles Kings.
Williams should be in town on Nov. 11, when the Kings play at the RBC Center.
The Hurricanes will host four playoff teams from the Western Conference: St. Louis on Oct. 28, San Jose on Nov. 1, Vancouver on Dec. 5 and Chicago on Jan. 30.
Of the team's 41 games at the RBC Center, 21 are on Fridays (6), Saturdays (10) and Sundays (5).
The Hurricanes were able to avoid an extended road trip such as last season's six-game swing during the North Carolina State Fair.
The team has tried to avoid the event, which starts Oct. 15 and ends Oct. 25. But there will be a little overlap this year, with the Hurricanes hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins on Oct. 15 before leaving on their first of three four-game road trips (New Jersey, N.Y. Islanders, Colorado, Minnesota).
The other four-game road sets come in December (Pittsburgh, New Jersey, Washington, Ottawa) and February (Edmonton, Calgary, Buffalo and N.Y. Islanders).
The team plays five of its last seven games on the road.
The Canes won't face their Southeast Division rival, the Washington Capitals, until Nov. 30.
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