Gary Bettman

Kings and Ducks both will begin the 2017-18 season with Oct. 5 home games

Kings and Ducks both will begin the 2017-18 season with Oct. 5 home games

The 31-team NHL will launch its 2017-18 season with four games on Oct. 4, but the Kings and the Ducks will have to wait a day to drop the puck.

As announced Thursday by the league, the Kings will open their season Oct. 5 at Staples Center against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Ducks also will open on Oct. 5, against the Arizona Coyotes at Honda Center, their first home season opener in seven years. The expansion Vegas Golden Knights will make their debut Oct. 6 at Dallas and will play their first home game on Oct. 10 against Arizona at T-Mobile Arena.

The league scheduled three outdoor games: Montreal at Ottawa on Dec. 16, the New York Rangers against the Buffalo Sabres at Citi...

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