The Ducks released their 2017-18 regular season schedule and there are two certainties that figure to come out of the big reveal Thursday.
Fans can start planning trips, particularly for a quick flight or four-hour drive to Las Vegas. And Ducks coach Randy Carlyle can start quietly grumbling about the inevitable inequities that will pop up within the 82-game grind.
As reported by the Southern California News Group on Wednesday, the Ducks will open their season Oct. 5 against Arizona to kick off a four-game homestand. It is their first season opener at Honda Center in seven years and will be followed by games against Philadelphia, Calgary and the New York Islanders.
Six of their first seven games are at home, with the lone road contest on Oct. 13 at Colorado mixed into the early slate. The Ducks will play their first official game against the expansion Vegas Golden Knights on Nov. 22 in Anaheim before heading out to T-Mobile Arena for the first of two visits on Dec. 5.
Two six-game trips kick off a stretch of 17 road games in 23 games from Nov. 15 to Jan. 25. The Ducks will visit reigning two-time Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh on Dec. 23, with the Penguins coming to Honda Center on Jan. 17.
The Ducks will again meet up with the Kings for five Freeway Faceoff games beginning Nov. 7 at Honda Center. They’ll visit Staples Center on Nov. 25 and Dec. 13 before finishing the slate against their Southern California rival on Jan. 19 and March 30.
Nashville will make its only trip to Anaheim on Nov. 3 in a rematch of the Western Conference finals won by the Predators in six games. The Ducks will visit San Jose on Nov. 4 for the first of four matchups.
Hart Trophy winner Connor McDavid and Edmonton come to Honda Center for the first of two visits Feb. 9. The Ducks and Oilers will first meet in Edmonton on Jan. 4 in the first meeting since their thrilling second-round series this spring.
One notable change is the annual Black Friday matinee the Ducks host on the day…