2018 preseason schedule released; training camp opens September 14

All but two of the dates had already been released by other Pacific Division teams, but you can now mark it down. It’s official:

Tuesday, September 18, 7:00 p.m.:
KINGS at Arizona, Gila River Arena (split squad)
Tuesday, September 18, 7:30 p.m.: KINGS vs Arizona, STAPLES Center (split squad)
Thursday, September 20, 7:00 p.m.: KINGS at Vancouver, Rogers Arena (Kings split squad)
Thursday, September 20, 7:30 p.m.: KINGS vs Vegas, STAPLES Center (Kings split squad)
Monday, September 24, 6:00 p.m.: KINGS vs Vancouver, Vivint Smart Home Arena
Wednesday, September 26, 7:00 p.m.: KINGS at Anaheim, Honda Center
Friday, September 28, 7:00 p.m.: KINGS at Vegas, T-Mobile Arena
Saturday, September 29, 7:30 p.m.: KINGS vs Anaheim, STAPLES Center
-all times Pacific

TICKETS | Tickets for all games apart from the September 24 game in Salt Lake City will go on sale later this summer. (See below for tickets for the September 24 game.) For group ticket deposits, suite inquiries or information on full or half-season season ticket membership, call 1.888.KINGS.LA or visit LAKings.com for more information.

The Kings also announced that the first on-ice sessions for training camp will take place on September 14 at Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo. Full details and rosters for development camp – which will take place next week at TSC – as well as rookie camp and training camp will be released at later dates.

VIVINT SMART HOME ARENA? | The home of the Utah Jazz, Salt Lake City’s Vivint Smart Home Arena (née Delta Center / EnergySolutions Arena) will play host to the Kings-Canucks game on Monday, September 24. It’s probably be a safe bet that Trevor Lewis and Daniel Brickley will be ticketed for this game. Speaking of tickets, have at ‘er. Related: Why do I continue to subject myself to such pain?

THE ACTUAL SCHEDULE | The 2018-19 regular season schedule will be released by the Kings at 2:30 p.m. PT Thursday, shortly after the 2:00 p.m. reveal of key schedule dates on the NHL Network. The Kings’ 2018-19 home opener is Friday, October 5 versus San Jose. Story to come.

SPLIT SQUADS, AHOY! | After a one-year hiatus because of the NHL China Games, the Arizona split-squad games return. You may sleep soundly now. Los Angeles split squads will also travel to Vancouver and play host to Vegas on September 20.

NO-LORADO | We had a good run for a decade and a half, but for the second straight year, there will be no Kings-Avs preseason games. I trust you’ll handle this with grace and aplomb.

WHY THE SARCASM? | Trying to fill space and lighten up a preseason release. Also, my words are all I have. Strong men also cry.

-Lead photo via Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire

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