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Ducks and Kings first in NHL history to play regular-season games in Europe

The Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings will become the first teams in league history to play regular-season games in Europe when they meet Sept. 29 and 30 in London. It was in England's capital 115 years ago that the championship trophy was purchased at the Regent Street shop of silversmith G. R. Collis and Co.

The Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs open with a midweek home-and-home set at Air Canada Centre on Oct. 3 and at Scotiabank Place on Oct. 4.

The Montreal Canadiens play their first game Oct. 3 at Carolina and are in Toronto on Oct. 6 and Pittsburgh on Oct. 10 before playing their home opener Oct. 13 against the Hurricanes.

Edmonton and Calgary each play their first two games at home. The Oilers face San Jose on Oct. 4 and Philadelphia on Oct. 6; the Flames meet Philadelphia on Oct. 4 and Vancouver on Oct. 6.

The Canucks open at home Oct. 5 against San Jose before heading to Calgary.

Teams in the Northwest Division don't play teams in the Northeast Division at all next season, meaning the Leafs, Habs and Sens won't be appearing in Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver, and vice versa.

League MVP Sidney Crosby and his Penguins play their first game in Canada next season in Toronto in a Hockey Night In Canada show Oct. 13. They play in Ottawa on Nov. 22 and at Toronto again on Dec. 1. They swing through Western Canada for games at Edmonton on Dec. 5, Calgary on Dec. 6 and Vancouver on Dec. 8. Their remaining games in Canada are Jan. 19 and Feb. 21 at Montreal and March 1 at Ottawa.

The Ducks fly home to play three more road games - at Detroit, Columbus and Pittsburgh - before hoisting their championship banner in their home opener against Boston on Oct. 10.

The New Jersey Devils play nine games on the road before their first in their new 17,625-seat arena in Newark, N.J. The Senators will supply the opposition.

The annual Hall of Fame Game is Nov. 10 in Toronto between the Leafs and the New York Rangers. Ron Francis, Al MacInnis, Mark Messier and Scott Stevens will be inducted two nights later.

The all-star game is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 27, in Atlanta.

Hockey Day In Canada on Feb. 9 will include four games involving the six Canadian-based clubs. Detroit will be in Toronto for an afternoon game, Montreal is at Ottawa and Calgary is home to Edmonton. Colorado is at Vancouver in the late game.

The only rematch between the Stanley Cup finalists will take place March 3 when Ottawa is at Anaheim, the scene of the Sens' Game 5 championship series demise.

The 2008 playoffs will begin April 9 and will end no later than June 9, the league announced.



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