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With the Atlanta to Winnipeg situation finally wrapped up, the NHL announced the 2011-2012 regular season schedule on Thursday. Along with Philadelphia and Boston, the Toronto Maple Leafs will play one of the first two games of the season when they host the Montreal Canadiens on October 6.
The Thursday night game will be the first of a five-game home stand to open the season for the Maple Leafs, with a one week hiatus between games two and three. Along with the Habs, the Leafs will welcome the Ottawa Senators, Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche and the yet-to-be-named Winnipeg franchise to the Air Canada Centre during the home stand.
Following it, the Buds will hit the road for seven of their next eight games, including stops in Boston, Montreal, Ottawa and Columbus. Following that stretch will be Tomas Kaberle making a return to Toronto, where he played for 12 seasons.
The Maple Leafs will make their first trip to Winnipeg on New Year’s Eve, followed by a home game against the same team five days later.
The Leafs’ longest road trip of the season comes in mid March when they make stops in Washington, Florida, Tampa Bay, Ottawa and Boston. The Maple Leafs will have an advantage after that though if attempting a playoff push, as they will play six of their last nine games on home ice, rounding out the season in Montreal on Saturday, April 7.
The Leafs will go on just one western road trip this season. They will play three games from February 14-18 against the Flames, Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks.
With James Reimer locked up and some moves expected in the off-season, the 2011-2012 regular season should be an exciting one.
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