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Los Angeles Kings Announce Preseason Schedule, First Game of Regular Season

To the surprise of no one, it’s another Kings-Sharks home opener.

2018 GEICO NHL All-Star Skills Competition - Save Streak Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

It’s NHL Awards night, and if you woke up from a long post-elimination hibernation to watch tonight’s festivities, I have two updates for you. First: the Vegas Golden Knights did eventually lose a playoff game, and eventually, even a whole series! Second: the Los Angeles Kings announced their preseason schedule and their home opener.

For starters, it’s San Jose in the home opener, which also happens to be their season opener. See you on Friday, October 5, 2018 at 7:30 PM. This will be the fourth time in five seasons that either the Kings’ home opener or the Sharks’ home opener has featured these two teams. (The exception: last year, when LA was a guest for San Jose’s second home game. So close!)

We won’t have to wait long for details on the other 81 games, but we’ve already got hints, as both the Winnipeg Jets (October 9) and Montreal Canadiens (October 11) will host the Kings for their own home openers.

As for the preseason schedule, it’s loaded. You’ll get your regularly scheduled trip to Vegas and an irregularly scheduled trip to Salt Lake City, among four home-and-home sets with four division rivals. See below and book your hotels.

Los Angeles Kings - 2018 Preseason Schedule

Tuesday, September 18 Arizona KINGS 7:00 PM Arizona split squad
Tuesday, September 18 KINGS Arizona 7:30 PM STAPLES Center split squad
Thursday, September 20 Vancouver KINGS 7:00 PM Vancover Kings split squad
Thursday, September 20 KINGS Vegas 7:30 PM STAPLES Center Kings split squad
Monday, September 24 KINGS Vancouver 6:00 PM Salt Lake City
Wednesday, September 26 Anaheim KINGS 7:00 PM Anaheim
Friday, September 28 Vegas KINGS 7:00 PM Las Vegas
Saturday, September 29 KINGS Anaheim 7:30 PM STAPLES Center

Less than three months to go.