The Golden Knights will play five of their first six games on the road, as the NHL released the 2018-19 schedule on Thursday.
The Knights are at Washington on Oct. 10 in a rematch of the Stanley Cup Final and face Pittsburgh the following night during a season-long five-game road trip that features four clubs that qualified for the playoffs.
The NHL previously announced the Knights open the season at home Oct. 4 against Philadelphia and play at Minnesota on Oct. 6 in the Wild’s home opener.
Following the early road trip, the Knights have a five-game homestand from Oct. 16 to Oct. 28, their longest of the season. They had two seven-game homestands during their inaugural season.
Los Angeles is scheduled five times, including a New Year’s Day encounter at T-Mobile Arena. The budding rivals play three times between Dec. 8 and 29 and also square off April 6 at Staples Center to end the regular season.
The Knights swept Los Angeles in the opening round of the Western Conference playoffs. They also play four games against Pacific Division foes Anaheim, Arizona, Calgary, Edmonton, San Jose and Vancouver.
They have three games against each of the Central Division clubs and meet each of the Eastern Conference teams at home and on the road.
The schedule features 13 back-to-backs, including seven on the road. The Knights have three back-to-backs in November and play five games in seven days from Nov. 18 to 24 around Thanksgiving.
The team’s bye week is the final week of January. After hosting Nashville on Jan. 23, the Knights are off for the All-Star Game (Jan. 25 to 26) and don’t play again until Feb. 1 at Carolina.
The Knights close the regular season with four straight games against division foes.
Among the other schedule highlights, Washington returns to T-Mobile Arena on Dec. 4, while the New York Islanders and their new Stanley Cup-winning coach Barry Trotz visit the Knights on Dec. 20.
Chicago makes its lone visit to Vegas on Dec. 6 and Montreal travels to Vegas on Dec. 22. New Jersey and league MVP Taylor Hall comes to town Jan. 6 for a Sunday matinee and the Knights host the New York Rangers two nights later.
Other notable home games include Toronto (Feb. 14), Pittsburgh (Jan. 19), Boston (Feb. 20) and Detroit (March 23).