Blackhawks to open on road

Updated: June 22, 2010, 5:22 PM ET news services

The NHL will open the 2010-11 season with five games Oct. 7, highlighted by the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks playing the Avalanche in Colorado.

Burnside's Highlights For 2010-11

The puck drops on the 82-game NHL regular season Oct. 7 in Helsinki. Scott Burnside offers up key dates and events to mark on your calendars. Story
• Schedule: Day-by-day glance

The other three games include three rivalry clashes: Pittsburgh opening its new arena, CONCOL Energy Center, against Philadelphia; Toronto hosting Montreal; and Calgary at Edmonton.

The North American openers coincide with an expanded slate of NHL games being held in Europe.

Carolina and Minnesota play games Oct. 7 and Oct. 8 in Helsinki, Finland.

San Jose and Columbus will play Oct. 8 and Oct. 9 in Stockholm, Sweden.

Boston and Phoenix will Oct. 9 and Oct. 10 in Prague, Czech Republic.