Canadiens open 2011-12 season in Toronto

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As has become customary in recent years, the Canadiens open the 2011-12 regular season in Toronto against the Maple Leafs on Thursday, Oct. 6.

They then help welcome Winnipeg back to the NHL with a game Sunday, Oct. 9.

The Canadiens home opener is on Thursday, Oct. 13 when they welcome the Calgary Flames to town.

On Dec. 19, the Canadiens start a six-game road trip in Boston that keeps them on the road until Jan. 4, 2012. Other stops on the trip include Chicago, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Tampa Bay and Florida. That is Montreal’s longest road trip of the season.

Fans in Montreal will have to wait until Jan. 4, 2012 to see the Winnipeg franchise come to Montreal. They also return on Sunday, Feb. 5 for a matinee, a game preceded by a Saturday game against the Capitals as part of the traditional Super Bowl weekend of afternoon games.

The Canadiens have 11 sets of back-to-back games in the coming season, the first Oct. 26-27, and the last on April 4-5.

The season wraps up on April 7 with a visit to the Bell Centre by – you guessed it – the Maple Leafs.

The entire schedule is available on NHL.com.

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