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Oilers will make Rogers Place debut against Calgary Flames

The Edmonton Oilers will inaugurate their brand new Rogers Place arena on Oct. 12 when they host the rival Calgary Flames on the opening night of the 2016-17 NHL season.

As the Oilers prepare to make the move to the new downtown arena, the letters of Rogers Place were going up Tuesday morning. The arena is set to open in September.

The letters go up on Rogers Place Tuesday, June 21, 2016.
The letters go up on Rogers Place Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Morris Gamblin, Global News
The letters go up on Rogers Place Tuesday, June 21, 2016.
The letters go up on Rogers Place Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Morris Gamblin, Global News
The letters go up on Rogers Place Tuesday, June 21, 2016.
The letters go up on Rogers Place Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Morris Gamblin, Global News
The letters go up on Rogers Place Tuesday, June 21, 2016.
The letters go up on Rogers Place Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Morris Gamblin, Global News

On Oct. 14, Edmonton will visit the Flames to cap off the home-and-home series to start the season.

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On Oct. 23, Edmonton will visit the Winnipeg Jets for the Heritage Classic at Investors Group Field. Three days later, the Oilers will be back home to host Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.

The Toronto Maple Leafs will visit Rogers Place for the first time on Nov. 29.

Edmonton will be home to the Vancouver Canucks on New Year’s Eve.

The defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins will make their lone visit to Rogers Place March 10, and the Montreal Canadiens will visit on March 12.

The Edmonton Oilers will play 29 games against their Pacific Division rivals. They’ll play each divisional opponent five times, except the Flames, who they’ll play four times.

The Oilers will play three games against of the other teams in the Western Conference.

Edmonton will play 32 games against the Eastern Conference, which will see the teams play one home and one road game.