The NHL started to release part of its schedule for the 2016-17 season on Monday afternoon when the home openers for every NHL team were announced.

The rest of the NHL schedule will be announced on Tuesday.

We do know the season will kick off on Wednesday, Oct. 12 with four games, including the first ever game at the Edmonton Oilers' new home (Rogers Place) when they host the Calgary Flames in the battle of Alberta. That same night the Chicago Blackhawks will host the St. Louis Blues, while the San Jose Sharks take on the Los Angeles Kings. We are also expecting to get our first look at the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft (likely to be Auston Matthews) when the Toronto Maple Leafs visit the Ottawa Senators.

The next night the Pittsburgh Penguins will celebrate the fourth Stanley Cup in franchise history when they have their banner raising ceremony against Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals in a rematch of their great second round series from the 2016 playoffs.

Here is when ever team will open their home schedule.

Team Date Opponent
Anaheim Ducks Oct. 23, 2016 Vancouver Canucks
Arizona Coyotes Oct. 15, 2016 Philadelphia Flyers
Boston Bruins Oct. 20, 2016 New Jersey Devils
Buffalo Sabres Oct. 13, 2016 Montreal Canadiens
Calgary Flames Oct. 14, 2016 Edmonton Oilers
Carolina Hurricanes Oct. 28 2016 New York Rangers
Chicago Blackhawks Oct. 12, 2016 St. Louis Blues
Colorado Avalanche Oct. 15, 2016 Dallas Stars
Columbus Blue Jackets Oct. 13, 2016 Boston Bruins
Dallas Stars Oct. 13, 2016 Anaheim Ducks
Detroit Red Wings Oct. 17, 2016 Ottawa Senators
Edmonton Oilers Oct. 12, 2016 Calgary Flames
Florida Panthers Oct. 13, 2016 New Jersey Devils
Los Angeles Kings Oct. 14, 2016 Philadelphia Flyers
Minnesota Wild Oct. 15, 2016 Winnipeg Jets
Montreal Canadiens Oct. 18, 2016 Pittsburgh Penguins
Nashville Predators Oct. 14, 2016 Chicago Blackhawks
New Jersey Devils Oct. 18, 2016 Anaheim Ducks
New York Islanders Oct. 16, 2016 Anaheim Ducks
New York Rangers Oct. 13, 2016 New York Islanders
Ottawa Senators Oct. 12, 2016 Toronto Maple Leafs
Philadelphia Flyers Oct. 20, 2016 Anaheim Ducks
Pittsburgh Penguins Oct. 13, 2016 Washington Capitals
San Jose Sharks Oct. 12, 2016 Los Angeles Kings
St. Louis Blues Oct. 13, 2016 Minnesota Wild
Tampa Bay Lightning Oct. 13, 2016 Detroit Red Wings
Toronto Maple Leafs Oct. 15, 2016 Boston Bruins
Vancouver Canucks Oct. 15, 2016 Calgary Flames
Washington Capitals Oct. 15, 2016 New York Islanders
Winnipeg Jets Oct. 13, 2016 Carolina Hurricanes

The Anaheim Ducks and Carolina Hurricanes have to wait the longest before they play in front of their home fans.

The Ducks open the season with a lengthy east coast road trip (that has them as the visiting team in four different home openers for other teams) and will not play a home game until Oct. 23 when they host the Vancouver Canucks.

Carolina has even longer wait as it does not play a home game until Oct. 28 against the New York Rangers.

The other notable home opener on the list is on Oct. 17 when the Detroit Red Wings host the Ottawa Senators. The Red Wings will be kicking off their final season at Joe Louis Arena before moving to their new building in 2017-18.

The Pittsburgh Penguins will open their home season against the Washington Capitals. USATSI