Red Wings open season at home Oct. 4 vs. Blue Jackets

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News
Henrik Zetterberg

Detroit -- The off-season is just getting rolling, in many ways, for the Detroit Red Wings.

But they do know, now, who their season-opener is going to be against.

They’ll open on Thursday, Oct. 4, at Little Caesars Arena, against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The NHL released home openers Wednesday for all 31 teams. The entire regular-season schedule will be released Thursday.

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The Red Wings are likely to be headed to southern California immediately after their own home opener.

The Anaheim Ducks announced their home opener as Oct. 8 – against the Red Wings. Anaheim is celebrating its 25th anniversary season, and to mark that milestone, Anaheim will face the Wings, who were the Ducks’ first opponent ever in Anaheim.

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