LOS ANGELES—On Thursday, June 25, the NHL announced its 2015-2016 regular season schedule, which consists of 82 games that span from October 7 to April 9. For the second straight year, the Kings will open their season at Staples Center with a home game against the San Jose Sharks. They begin on a 5-game homestead before embarking on their first season road trip. The Kings will play the Chicago Blackhawks a total of 3 times throughout the season. In their closer, the team will host the Winnipeg Jets.

The schedule will feature an intermission in late January for the 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend, an annual affair where the best players from around the league gather to showcase their talent.

Last week, the team’s pre-season schedule was announced and tickets became available for sale. Match-ups for the 6 games include the Kings versus the Arizona Coyotes and Colorado Avalanche.

The Kings are hoping to close out the year with a ticket to the playoffs, something they were denied last season after finishing 9th in the Western Conference with a 40-27-15 record.

The Kings will open the season with a home game against the San Jose Sharks.
The Kings will open the season with a home game against the San Jose Sharks.

The team’s roster is expected to look noticeably different from next season as several of the players are set to be released as free agents, including forward Jarret Stoll and 2014 Conn Smythe Trophy winner Justin Williams. Due to salary cap space issues, many predict the team will be unable to re-sign Williams to a new contract.

Also missing will be veteran defenseman Robyn Regehr, who declared his retirement in April. Meanwhile, defenseman Slava Voynov has recently been suspended indefinitely from the team following a league suspension stemming from a domestic violence incident in October of last year.

Individual and group tickets for the 2015-2016 season will go on sale later this summer. The last three seasons have seen every home game sell-out.

The full 2015-2016 schedule for the LA Kings can be viewed here on their website.