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NHL releases schedule

| Sunday, June 22, 2014, 5:12 p.m.

It will be a quick introduction for the Penguins' new head coach and the home fans.

The Penguins will open the NHL season by playing seven of their first 10 games at Consol Energy Center, starting with the opener on Oct. 9 against Anaheim.

There are some subtle differences from last season's schedule.

The Penguins will visit Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Buffalo twice this season while only making trips to Florida, Tampa Bay, Boston and Detroit once. Last season saw the opposite of that rotation.

Also, the Penguins visited Columbus three times last season while the Flyers played three times at Consol Energy Center. This season, the Penguins will play three times in New Jersey while the Islanders visit the Penguins on three occasions.

The Penguins knocked Columbus out of the playoffs in six games in April. Those teams will renew their rivalry on Dec. 13 in Ohio.

The Penguins will get their first crack at the New York Rangers, the team that knocked them out of the playoffs in the second round, on Nov. 11 at Madison Square Garden.

In the longest road trip of the upcoming season, the Penguins will play five times – against Minnesota, Winnipeg, Buffalo, New York and Toronto - over an 11-day span.

The season's longest homestand is only four games long.

Former Penguins star Jaromir Jagr, who now plays for the Devils, could play for the final time in Pittsburgh on Dec. 2.

Other highlights include:

• Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals play twice in Pittsburgh, on Dec. 27 and Feb. 17

• The Flyers play in Pittsburgh on Oct. 2 and April 1

• The Penguins are scheduled for five home games that begin at 8 p.m.

• The Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings visit the Penguins on Oct. 30

• The Penguins have nine Saturday home games this season, including six at night, which is dramatically more than in recent seasons

• The Penguins are currently scheduled to participate in seven afternoon games, four of which are at home.

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