Winnipeg Jets’ Teemu Selanne skates at the Montreal Forum vs. the Canadiens in an early 1990s game.
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Winnipeg’s new NHL franchise will play its first home game against the Canadiens on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 5 p.m. ET.
The NHL will release its full schedule Thursday at 2 pm ET.
This doesn’t necessarily mean the game in Winnipeg will be the first for the Canadiens next season. The past two years, they’ve opened in Toronto vs. the Maple Leafs. In fact, you’d have to go back to the 1999-2000 season to find the year the Habs opened their season at home – that game a 4-1 loss to Toronto.
The Habs can’t play at the Bell Centre before Oct. 11, with Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour and Disney On Ice occupying the arena in early October.
(For what it’s worth: the Canadiens opened Pittsburgh’s Mellon Arena, aka the Igloo, with a win, then beat the Penguins in Game 7 of the teams’ Eastern Conference semifinal in 2010 to close that building for good.)
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