Chicago Blackhawks to host Toronto Maple Leafs for home opener

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • The Chicago Blackhawks and captain Jonathan Toews will host their NHL home opener against Toronto on Oct. 7 at the United Center. Toronto totaled 105 points last season but lost a first-round playoff series to Boston, 4-3.

    The Chicago Blackhawks and captain Jonathan Toews will host their NHL home opener against Toronto on Oct. 7 at the United Center. Toronto totaled 105 points last season but lost a first-round playoff series to Boston, 4-3. Associated Press

 
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Updated 6/20/2018 1:10 PM

The Chicago Blackhawks will open the 2018-19 NHL season at Ottawa on Thursday, Oct. 4, then open the home portion of their schedule against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 6 p.m.

The entire NHL schedule will be released Thursday at 4:30 p.m. CDT.

 

Ottawa finished in seventh place in the Atlantic Division last season with a 28-43-11 record. The Hawks won both meetings between the two teams, the first one an 8-2 thrashing on Jan. 9 in which Patrick Kane (G, 4A) recorded his first 5-point game.

The home opener promises to be a tough matchup against Auston Matthews and the high-octane Maple Leafs. Toronto went 49-26-7 last season en route to a third-place finish in the Atlantic, then were ousted by Boston in seven games in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Matthews scored 34 goals and had 29 assists in 62 games.

The Hawks lost both of their games to the Maple Leafs in overtime last season.

For information about group ticket sales, call (312) 455-7000. Tickets for single games will be available at a later date.

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