All thirty NHL clubs released their 2010-2011 schedules today, and the Flames will kick off the new season up the road in Edmonton on October 7th, followed by their home opener against Los Angeles on Sunday, October 10th. The Flames will play every divisional rival except Vancouver at least once before December, which is a little bizarre, and the annual New Year's Eve game will be at home against the Avs with a game in Edmonton scheduled for the next day.
Calgary's longest road trip of the season will be a string of five away games from November 21st-27th, when they will travel to Detroit, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. I'm already pencilling in a five-game winning streak, as that seems to be the way November goes for the Flames.
The Flames will also have two five-game home stands next season, from October 24th-November 3rd and February 16th-27, which includes the Heritage Classic against the Habs scheduled for February 20th at McMahon Stadium, pending official approval by NHLPA. Calgary will also have the pleasure of taking part in 13 back-to-back game scenarios; somewhere, the Flames' future back-up goalie is dusting off his pads.
Other important dates include Hockey Day in Canada on February 12th, which will see the Flames travel to Vancouver, and the NHL All-Star Weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina from January 29th-30th.
The only time I will probably get to see the Flames play is when they come to Ottawa on January 14th, so needless to say I'm circling that date on my calendar, but I'm also hoping to be able to get back to Calgary for the Heritage Classic (fingers crossed).
Everyone should check out CofRed's list of schedule highlights here and, of course, add your own in the comments.