Blackhawks to open on road
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.
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.
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