Hockey drew one step closer to returning earlier today as the Canucks released their 2017-18 regular season schedule.
There was a sense of deja-vu for fans, with the Canucks opening up at home against the Edmonton Oilers, the third time in the past five years that they’ve hosted the Oilers in their home opener.
A quick glance through the schedule reveals a whole host of other interesting games, however. So to help you mark your calendars here are seven of the hottest home games taking place at Rogers Arena this season.
November 4 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Sidney Crosby and the defending Stanley Cup champs roll into town in early November at the start of a four game home stretch.
November 6 vs. Vegas Golden Knights
November will give Canucks fans their first opportunity to see the NHL’s newest team in the flesh, the Vegas Golden Knights visit Rogers Arena on November 6.
December 2 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
We all know there are plenty of East Coast expats living in our city, and nowhere is this more true than when the Leafs come to town. You can expect plenty of blue and white and one hell of an atmosphere at Rogers Arena.
December 13 vs. Nashville Predators
Nashville’s home fans were one of the biggest talking points of last season’s playoff run, but Vancouver Canucks fans will get a chance to show them how it’s done *lol* when P.K. Subban and co. come to town.
December 19 vs. Montreal Canadiens
It’s not just Torontonians who make their way west, however. There are also plenty of Canadiens fans that come out of the woodwork when their team is in town.
February 14 vs. Florida Panthers
Lllluuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu! That’s Valentine’s Day sorted this year.
February 17 vs, Boston Bruins
Yes, it still hurts. Which is why any visit by the Bruins is marked on any Canucks fan’s calendar. If only for the opportunity to hurl abuse.