The Chicago Blackhawks will crack open the doors to the United Center for the 2016-17 regular-season Oct. 12 against the St. Louis Blues, the team announced Monday. The team will unveil the rest of its schedule for the upcoming season at noon Tuesday.
It appears the home opener will also be the Hawks' first game of the season given that the league has set Oct. 12 as opening night. The game time for the matchup hasn't been announced yet, but the team will drop the puck for next season against one of its biggest rivals.
Chicago will also visit Nashville to play the Nashville Predators in their home opener Oct. 14.
There should still be some bad blood brewing between the Hawks and Blues after St. Louis eliminated Chicago from the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs in the first round. St. Louis needed seven games to put away Chicago, then reached the Western Conference Finals before getting ousted by the San Jose Sharks.
The Blackhawks have posted a 5-1 record in home openers at the United Center dating back to 2010. Their lone loss was this past season to the New York Rangers, 3-2, after raising their 2014-15 Stanley Cup banner to the rafters.