Kings to open 2019-20 on road; home opener 3:00 pm October 12 vs Nashville - LA Kings Insider

The LA Kings will open up the 2019-20 season on the road and will welcome the Nashville Predators to Staples Center for their home opener at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 12, the league announced Friday.

Los Angeles is 21-20-10 all-time in season openers and 24-18-9 all-time in home openers. With last year’s overtime loss to San Jose on October 5, they’re 1-5-1 in their last seven home openers.

They will also be the visitor for Vancouver’s home opener on Wednesday, October 9. The preliminary schedule I saw had Los Angeles opening in Edmonton, and after an off-day flying to Calgary to start their first back-to-back set of the season. These preliminary schedules always change, but if this one holds true at the start of the season, I’d expect a Western Canada three-in-four on October 6, 8 and 9. Again! These schedules always change, so don’t book your WestJet flights just yet, so to speak.

The season begins Wednesday, October 2 with the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues hosting Washington, Toronto hosting Ottawa, Edmonton hosting Vancouver and Vegas playing host to San Jose.

There’s one other confirmed date: Saturday, February 15, the day the Kings will face the Avalanche outdoors at the Air Force Academy’s Falcon Stadium. I don’t have other firm dates, but I’m expecting the Father’s Trip to be held in Tampa and South Florida in January and the Eastern Canada trip to take place in mid-November.

The full schedule will be released on Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. PT and will be promoted through an NHL Network show hosted by Jamison Coyle and featuring analysts E.J. Hradek and Mike Johnson. The 30-minute program will also be streamed live on NHL.com and SiriusXM NHL Network Radio.

Anaheim Ducks: Thursday, Oct. 3 vs. Arizona
Arizona Coyotes: Saturday, Oct. 5 vs. Boston
Boston Bruins: Saturday, Oct. 12 vs. New Jersey
Buffalo Sabres: Saturday, Oct. 5 vs. New Jersey
Calgary Flames: Saturday, Oct. 5 vs. Vancouver
Carolina Hurricanes: Thursday, Oct. 3 vs. Montreal
Chicago Blackhawks: Thursday, Oct. 10 vs. San Jose
Colorado Avalanche: Thursday, Oct. 3 vs. Calgary
Columbus Blue Jackets: Friday, Oct. 4 vs. Toronto
Dallas Stars: Thursday, Oct. 3 vs. Boston
Detroit Red Wings: Sunday, Oct. 6 vs. Dallas
Edmonton Oilers: Wednesday, Oct. 2 vs. Vancouver
Florida Panthers: Saturday, Oct. 5 vs. Tampa Bay
Los Angeles Kings: Saturday, Oct. 12 vs. Nashville
Minnesota Wild: Saturday, Oct. 12 vs. Pittsburgh
Montreal Canadiens: Thursday, Oct. 10 vs. Detroit
Nashville Predators: Thursday, Oct. 3 vs. Minnesota
New Jersey Devils: Friday, Oct. 4 vs. Winnipeg
New York Islanders: Friday, Oct. 4 vs. Washington
New York Rangers: Thursday, Oct. 3 vs. Winnipeg
Ottawa Senators: Saturday, Oct. 5 vs. New York Rangers
Philadelphia Flyers: Wednesday, Oct. 9 vs. New Jersey
Pittsburgh Penguins: Thursday, Oct. 3 vs. Buffalo
San Jose Sharks: Friday, Oct. 4 vs. Vegas
St. Louis Blues: Wednesday, Oct. 2 vs. Washington
Tampa Bay Lightning: Thursday, Oct. 3 vs. Florida
Toronto Maple Leafs: Wednesday, Oct. 2 vs. Ottawa
Vancouver Canucks: Wednesday, Oct. 9 vs. Los Angeles
Vegas Golden Knights: Wednesday, Oct. 2 vs. San Jose
Washington Capitals: Saturday, Oct. 5 vs. Carolina

Staples Center will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this season. All shots below are of the first game at Staples Center in franchise history, a 2-2 tie with Boston on October 20, 1999, and are via the LA Kings Legacy Collection.

–Lead photo via Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI

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