Preds to begin 2017-18 season against Boston, Pittsburgh

The league's complete 1,271-game schedule will be unveiled Thursday.

The NHL announced the home openers for all 31 clubs for the 2017-18 regular season on Wednesday.

Over the last 19 years the franchise has turned into a regular mainstay in the postseason, and now they clearly have winning the Stanley Cup as the ultimate expectation.

Pittsburgh became the first team since the Detroit Red Wings (1997, 1998) to repeat as Stanley Cup champions by besting the Nashville Predators in six games earlier this month.

The Preds are also set to face the expansion Vegas Golden Knights three times during the regular season, with former Predators forward James Neal - drafted this week by the new franchise - first returning to Nashville as a Golden Knight on December 8.

With the NHL Entry Draft tomorrow, we rank the top five draft picks in Nashville Predators team history. Later that month, the team will face their Round Two rival, St. Louis, on November 24, the first of two road games against the Blues. The contest will mark the 10-year anniversary of the NHL Winter Classic, with the Sabres falling in a shootout to Crosby and the Penguins in the first one.

The NHL All-Star break will occur from January 26-29 in Tampa and the regular season will finish on April 7. Fleury, who is Penguins' all-time leader in goaltender wins (375) and shutouts (44), was selected by Vegas in the expansion draft on Wednesday.

The Capitals will also take the action outdoors on March 3 when they host the Maple Leafs at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland.

  • Julie Sanders