The Kings open the 2017-18 season by playing five of their first six games at Staples Center, including their season-opening game Oct. 5 against the Philadelphia Flyers. Their lone road game in their opening stretch is Oct. 7 against the Pacific Division rival San Jose Sharks.
The Kings’ first game against the expansion Vegas Golden Knights is Nov. 19 in Las Vegas. The Golden Knights make their first regular-season visit to Staples Center on Dec. 28, marking the return of defenseman Brayden McNabb, who sent to Vegas in the expansion draft Wednesday.
Superstar center Sidney Crosby and the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins make their only regular-season visit to Staples Center on Jan. 18. The Kings then make their only visit to Pittsburgh on Feb. 15.
Standout goaltender Pekka Rinne and the Western Conference champion Nashville Predators face the Kings at Staples Center on Nov. 4. and Jan. 6. The Kings play the Predators in Nashville on Feb. 1 to complete their three-game season series.
The Kings and the five-time Pacific Division champion Ducks face off five times, including three times at Honda Center. They renew their rivalry Nov. 7 at Honda Center; Nov. 25 at Staples Center; Jan. 13 at Staples Center; Jan. 19 at Honda Center; and March 30 at Honda Center.
The Kings and Sharks play four times, including Oct. 7 at San Jose. The other dates are: Nov. 12 at Staples Center; Dec. 23 at San Jose; and Jan. 15 at Staples Center. The teams don’t have a late-season matchup in March or April this season, however.
The Kings have trips of seven and six games, in October and February. There is no Grammy Awards trip this season because the Grammys relocated from Staples Center to Madison Square Garden in New York. But the Kings will still vacate the building for a seven-trip trip Feb. 9-20.
They have two five-game homestands, one in November and another in March.
Their bye-week is from Jan. 7-12.
The All-Star Game is Jan. 28 in Tampa.
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