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Los Angeles Kings Announce 2017-18 Regular Season Schedule

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The schedule features 82 games, as usual. Analysis within!

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In between the NHL Expansion Draft and the NHL Entry Draft, a schedule release can get lost in the shuffle. But the NHL did indeed release the full schedule for the 31 (!) teams in the league today. The Los Angeles Kings’ regular season schedule is below, with some thoughts to follow.

Los Angeles Kings 2017-18 Schedule.csv

DATE AWAY HOME TIME (PACIFIC)
DATE AWAY HOME TIME (PACIFIC)
October 5, 2017 Philadelphia LA KINGS 7:30 PM
October 7, 2017 LA KINGS San Jose 7:30 PM
October 11, 2017 Calgary LA KINGS 7:30 PM
October 14, 2017 Buffalo LA KINGS 7:30 PM
October 15, 2017 N.Y. Islanders LA KINGS 7:30 PM
October 18, 2017 Montreal LA KINGS 7:30 PM
October 21, 2017 LA KINGS Columbus 4:00 PM
October 23, 2017 LA KINGS Toronto 4:00 PM
October 24, 2017 LA KINGS Ottawa 4:30 PM
October 26, 2017 LA KINGS Montreal 4:30 PM
October 28, 2017 LA KINGS Boston 4:00 PM
October 30, 2017 LA KINGS St. Louis 5:00 PM
November 2, 2017 Toronto LA KINGS 7:30 PM
November 4, 2017 Nashville LA KINGS 7:30 PM
November 7, 2017 LA KINGS Anaheim 7:00 PM
November 9, 2017 Tampa Bay LA KINGS 7:30 PM
November 12, 2017 San Jose LA KINGS 7:30 PM
November 14, 2017 Vancouver LA KINGS 7:30 PM
November 16, 2017 Boston LA KINGS 7:30 PM
November 18, 2017 Florida LA KINGS 1:00 PM
November 19, 2017 LA KINGS Las Vegas 5:00 PM
November 22, 2017 Winnipeg LA KINGS 7:30 PM
November 24, 2017 LA KINGS Arizona 6:00 PM
November 25, 2017 Anaheim LA KINGS 7:30 PM
November 28, 2017 LA KINGS Detroit 4:30 PM
November 30, 2017 LA KINGS Washington 4:00 PM
December 1, 2017 LA KINGS St. Louis 5:00 PM
December 3, 2017 LA KINGS Chicago 4:00 PM
December 5, 2017 Minnesota LA KINGS 7:30 PM
December 7, 2017 Ottawa LA KINGS 7:30 PM
December 9, 2017 Carolina LA KINGS 7:30 PM
December 12, 2017 LA KINGS New Jersey 4:00 PM
December 15, 2017 LA KINGS N.Y. Rangers 4:00 PM
December 16, 2017 LA KINGS N.Y. Islanders 4:00 PM
December 18, 2017 LA KINGS Philadelphia 4:00 PM
December 21, 2017 Colorado LA KINGS 7:30 PM
December 23, 2017 LA KINGS San Jose 7:00 PM
December 28, 2017 Las Vegas LA KINGS 7:30 PM
December 30, 2017 LA KINGS Vancouver 7:00 PM
January 2, 2018 LA KINGS Edmonton 6:00 PM
January 4, 2018 LA KINGS Calgary 6:00 PM
January 6, 2018 Nashville LA KINGS 7:30 PM
January 13, 2018 Anaheim LA KINGS 7:30 PM
January 15, 2018 San Jose LA KINGS 1:00 PM
January 18, 2018 Pittsburgh LA KINGS 7:30 PM
January 19, 2018 LA KINGS Anaheim 7:00 PM
January 21, 2018 N.Y. Rangers LA KINGS 7:30 PM
January 23, 2018 LA KINGS Vancouver 7:00 PM
January 24, 2018 LA KINGS Calgary 7:00 PM
January 30, 2018 LA KINGS Dallas 5:30 PM
February 1, 2018 LA KINGS Nashville 5:00 PM
February 3, 2018 Arizona LA KINGS 7:30 PM
February 7, 2018 Edmonton LA KINGS 7:30 PM
February 9, 2018 LA KINGS Florida 4:30 PM
February 10, 2018 LA KINGS Tampa Bay 4:00 PM
February 13, 2018 LA KINGS Carolina 4:00 PM
February 15, 2018 LA KINGS Pittsburgh 4:00 PM
February 17, 2018 LA KINGS Buffalo 10:00 AM
February 19, 2018 LA KINGS Chicago 5:30 PM
February 20, 2018 LA KINGS Winnipeg 5:00 PM
February 22, 2018 Dallas LA KINGS 7:30 PM
February 24, 2018 Edmonton LA KINGS 7:00 PM
February 26, 2018 Las Vegas LA KINGS 7:30 PM
February 27, 2018 LA KINGS Las Vegas 7:00 PM
March 1, 2018 Columbus LA KINGS 7:30 PM
March 3, 2018 Chicago LA KINGS 1:00 PM
March 8, 2018 Washington LA KINGS 7:30 PM
March 10, 2018 St. Louis LA KINGS 1:00 PM
March 12, 2018 Vancouver LA KINGS 7:30 PM
March 13, 2018 LA KINGS Arizona 7:00 PM
March 15, 2018 Detroit LA KINGS 7:30 PM
March 17, 2018 New Jersey LA KINGS 1:00 PM
March 19, 2018 LA KINGS Minnesota 5:00 PM
March 20, 2018 LA KINGS Winnipeg 5:00 PM
March 22, 2018 LA KINGS Colorado 6:00 PM
March 24, 2018 LA KINGS Edmonton 7:00 PM
March 26, 2018 Calgary LA KINGS 7:30 PM
March 29, 2018 Arizona LA KINGS 7:30 PM
March 30, 2018 LA KINGS Anaheim 7:00 PM
April 2, 2018 Colorado LA KINGS 7:30 PM
April 5, 2018 Minnesota LA KINGS 7:30 PM
April 7, 2018 Dallas LA KINGS 7:30 PM

Thoughts!

  • Repeat Openers! For the second straight year, the Kings’ home opener will be against the Philadelphia Flyers, although this year it’s also the Kings’ season opener. Last year, LA’s first game was on the road, as the San Jose Sharks raised their Western Conference Champions banner. This year, LA’s road opener is again in San Jose, but it’ll be the second game of the season. It’s the first time since 2013-14 that the Kings’ first game is not against the Sharks, and I’m relieved. None of those games ended well.
  • Road Trips! LA had two hellacious road trips last season; one spanned nine games, while the other spanned nine games with a single home game smack in the middle. To our relief, there’s nothing that bad this year, though the Kings have a seven-gamer, a six-gamer, and four separate four-gamers. Part of the reason? The Grammy Awards are now in New York, so as we surmised last year, the annual Grammy Road Trip is a thing of the past.
  • Vegas! By the luck of the draw, the Kings only get two road games against the Vegas Golden Knights. November 19, 2017 will be a crowded one; it’s the first, and it’s on a Sunday at 5:00 PM, meaning that you have the opportunity to watch hockey while exhausted and deeply hung over. (Don’t worry, I won’t ask you what you did.) The other game is on a Tuesday in February, the day after the Golden Knights’ second game at Staples Center. Their first is on December 28.
  • Ducks and Sharks! The Kings are again done with the San Jose Sharks early. Last year, their final game with their Bay Area foes was on January 18; this year it’s on January 15. Weird. LA’s five showdowns with Anaheim are pretty spread out. It’s too bad that in what will be a down year for a number of teams in the Pacific, the only team LA plays five times is the one that usually wins the Pacific. Such is life.
  • The Home Stretch! The Kings’ last three games are outside the division, which I’m pretty sure hasn’t happened in a while. They’ll take on Colorado, Minnesota, and Dallas in their final three contests. They are at home, though, and it’s nice knowing that their final six games are in Southern California.

Anything else I missed? Add it in the comments.