Anaheim Ducks and LA Kings open 90th season in England

The Sports
Network

The
National Hockey League will open its 2007-08 regular season overseas, as the
Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings will play in

London at the O2 Arena.

The
two-game series between the Ducks and Kings will be the first-ever regular
season NHL contests played in
Europe. The
event will be a home-and-home series that will take place on September 29 and
September 30.

The NHL has
traveled to

London
before, having played preseason games at Wembley Arena in 1992 and 1993.

Following
the series, the Ducks will return to the
United
States to help raise the curtain on the regular season
schedule when they take on the Red Wings in

Detroit on Wednesday, October 3.

Anaheim
opens its home schedule on October 10 versus

Boston, when the team will raise the 2007
Stanley Cup championship banner. The Ducks host

Ottawa in a rematch of the Stanley Cup finals
on Monday, March 3.

There will
be four games on season-opening night in North America, as
Montreal
visits
Carolina,
Ottawa
takes on the Maple Leafs in
Toronto, and
Colorado hosts

Dallas.

The
busiest night of the season will be that Saturday, October 6, as 14 games are
on the docket. Three weeks later the New Jersey Devils will play their first
game at their new arena by taking on the Senators at the 17,625-seat
Prudential
Center
in

Newark,
NJ.

The Hall
of Fame game will be on Saturday, November 10 between the New York Rangers and
Maple Leafs in

Toronto.
Two nights later, the Hall will celebrate the induction of longtime captain
Mark Messier, along with fellow players Ron Francis, Al MacInnis, Scott
Stevens, and builder Jim Gregory.

The
All-Star Game will be held in

Atlanta
on Sunday, January 27.

The
playoffs will start Wednesday, April 9 and will finish no later than Monday,
June 9.

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