The Chicago Blackhawks won’t face the Los Angeles Kings until their annual circus trip, and will enjoy an eight-game homestand in February as the NHL released full regular-season schedules on Sunday afternoon.
The Blackhawks will play six of their first nine games at home. As for seeing the reigning Stanley Cup champion Kings, that matchup won’t come until Nov. 29 in Los Angeles. That’s part of the Blackhawks’ annual circus trip, which will take them to Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Colorado, Anaheim and Los Angeles from Nov. 20-29.
The schedule also includes the Winter Classic, in which the Washington Capitals will host the Blackhawks. It’s the second time the Blackhawks have participated in a Winter Classic, having hosted the Detroit Red Wings at Wrigley Field in 2009. The 2015 New Year’s Day will be at noon at a Washington, D.C.-area site to be determined.
“It’s an honor to be selected by the NHL to participate in the 2015 Winter Classic,” said Blackhawks president John McDonough. “This is another marquee event for the Blackhawks and we’re looking forward to spending New Year’s Day in our nation’s capital.”
In February the Blackhawks will enjoy a season-long, eight-game homestand. They’ll welcome Phoenix, Vancouver, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Colorado, Boston and Florida on the homestand, which runs from Feb. 9-24.
In a time change from last season, the Blackhawks’ night games, Monday through Saturday, will primarily begin at 7:30 CT — some games, however, will start earlier due to national television broadcasts. Sunday home games are scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Most Blackhawks’ home starts last season were at 7 p.m.
The Blackhawks’ home and road openers were announced on Saturday; they’ll open the season in Dallas on Oct. 9 before hosting Buffalo at the United Center on Oct. 11.