RELEASED: Montreal Canadiens 2016-17 Schedule

The National Hockey League and all 30 member teams have released their full regular schedules for the 2016-17 season, only a day after each teams’ home openers were announced. The 2016-17 schedule will kick off on Wednesday October 12th, 2016 with: Edmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames / Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Ottawa Senators / St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks / Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose Sharks.

Similar to last year, there will be four outdoor games this season. The Centennial Classic is on January 1st, 2017 at BMO Field in Toronto between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings to celebrate Toronto’s 100th season. The Winter Classic, which is usually on New Year’s Day, will be pushed to the 2nd of January at Busch Stadium in St. Louis between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks. The Heritage Classic will take place at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg between the Winnipeg Jets and Edmonton Oilers. Lastly, the Stadium Series game will take place at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers on February 18th.

The 2017 NHL All-Star Game will be the 62nd edition of the game, which is set to be hosted by the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center on January 29th, 2017. Los Angeles last hosted the game in 2002 which saw the likes of many greats such as Patrick Roy, Dominik Hasek, Teemu Selanne, Jaromir Jagr, Mario Lemieux, Joe Sakic, Paul Kariya, and many, many more.

Click HERE to view the entire league wide 2016-17 schedule.

Click HERE to view the Montreal Canadiens 2015-17 schedule.

Games vs. Divisional opponents: 30 (4 or 5 per team)
Games vs. Non-divisional, conference opponents: 24 (3 per team)
Games vs. Western conference opponents: 28 (2 per team)

Home and Away Games by Month
2016-17 schedule

The chart below will show the average winning percentage of the Habs' opponents by month
this season. The numbers will be based on 2015-16 season figures, so of course things can
change. This will give a very basic look at what months we can expect to be more and less

2016-17 schedule 2

For the most part, the months are pretty consistent. The one that stands out the most as
the toughest would be December. In December, the Habs find themselves on a short west
coast road trip in San Jose, Los Angeles and St. Louis. Also, they'll be the visiting the
reigning Stanley Cup champions at the end of the month.

Major Rivalry Games

Sportslogos.netvs. Toronto Maple Leafs
Saturday October 29th, 2016
Saturday November 19th, 2016
Saturday January 7th, 2017
Saturday February 25th, 2017

Sportslogos.netvs. Boston Bruins
Saturday October 22nd, 2016
Tuesday November 8th, 2016
Monday December 12th, 2016
Sunday February 12th, 2017

Sportslogos.netvs. Ottawa Senators
Saturday October 15th, 2016
Tuesday November 22nd, 2016
Saturday March 18th, 2017
Sunday March 19th, 2017
Saturday March 25th, 2017

Other Key Dates

Season Opener vs. Buffalo Sabres
Thursday October 13th, 2016

Home Opener vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Tuesday October 18th, 2016

vs. 2016 Stanley Cup Champions - Pittsburgh Penguins
Tuesday October 18th, 2016 in Montreal
Saturday December 31st, 2016 at Pittsburgh
Wednesday January 18th, 2017 in Montreal

7,200th Regular Season Game
Tuesday February 21st, 2017 at New York Rangers

First Game at Rogers Place (Edmonton Oilers new arena)
Sunday March 12th, 2017

Final game at Joe Louis Arena (Detroit)
Saturday April 8th, 2017

With the release of the 2016-17 schedule, the off-season is already rolling. The 2016 NHL
Entry Draft will take place in Buffalo on June 24th-25th, free agency will begin on July 1st,
and before we know it... training camp will be coming around the corner.
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