Yesterday, the Devils announced that their home opener would be on October 18th against the Anaheim Ducks. We also found out that the Devils will play against the Bruins on October 20th for their home opener, and against the Panthers on October 13th for their home opener. The Devils just announced their entire schedule for the 2016-17 season, and you can find that here. You can also find some more news about the entire NHL schedule here.
The first thing that I looked at was the back-to-back games. It looks like the Devils will have 15 back to back games this year. You can look at that a couple of ways, but I see it as time that Cory will have some rest during the season. It also looks like it will be a tough start to the season for the Devils. Their first month of the season features games against the Lightning, Panthers, Ducks, Blackhawks, and Wild.
The longest stretch of home games this year is 5 in February, and they have a couple of 4 game road trips that are their longest of the year. Some interesting games for Devils fans are November 12th against the Sabres, November 23rd against the Leafs, and January 7th against the Oilers. These will be the fans chance to see guys like Jack Eichel, Connor McDavid, and Auston Matthews.
April will be a very interesting time of the season for the Devils. They play the Flyers twice, Penguins, Red Wings, and Islanders. I think that all these teams will be fighting for a playoff spot, but a team like the Penguins could have their spot secured. The Devils could play spoiler to one of these teams in April.
The Devils play the Rangers twice at MSG before they play them at home on February 25th. Their last game against the Rangers will be at the Rock on March 21st. They host the Flyers for the first time a couple days before Christmas, December 22nd to be exact. The Devils also host the defending Stanley Cup Champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins, on December 27th for the first time.