Jacques Lemaire's second stint as head coach of the Devils will begin with a home game. The Devils will open the 2009-10 regular season against the Philadelphia Flyers on Satiurday, Oct. 3 at Prudential Center. Faceoff is at 7 p.m.
Two nights later they host the Rangers for the first time of the new season with another 7 p.m. start.
After that, they travel to Tampa Bay for their first road game of 2009-10 on Thursday, Oct. 8. The game will be the Lightning's home opener.
The Devils visit their former coach, Brent Sutter, and the Calgary Flames on Friday, March 5 (9 p.m. start) as part of a three-game trip that kicks off their schedule following the Olympic break. They begin their post-Olympic schedule on Tuesday, March 2 in San Jose (10:30 p.m.) before facing off against Sutter three nights later. The trip ends on Sunday, March 7 in Edmtonton (8 p.m.)
The Devils play their final game before the Olympic break on Saturday, Feb. 13 at Carolina (7 p.m.)
Other schedule highlights:
**Former Devil Brian Gionta (along with Scott Gomez) returns to New Jersey for the first time with Montreal on Wednesday, Dec. 16
**Former Devil John Madden will visit for the first time with the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday, April 2.
**The Devils also play in Chicago on New Year's Eve. The Blackhawks are one of three Western Conference teams the Devils play at home and on the road during the season. They also play Nashville and Dallas twice. They play the other 12 Western Conference teams only once.
**Lemaire returns to Minnesota, where he coached the Wild for the first nine years of their existence, on Saturday, Jan. 2. That will also be Brian Rolston's first game back in Minnesota after leaving the Wild last summer to sign with the Devils.
**The Devils will host the Ottawa Senators at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25 -- the first time in team history that they will play a home game on the day before Thanksgiving (They are usually on the road for the holiday). They return to action on Friday, Nov. 27 for a noon start in Boston and then return home the next day to host the Islanders at 1 p.m.
**The longest homestand of the season is five games. It begins on Wednesday, Dec. 9 against Carolina and ends on Friday, Dec. 18 against Ottawa. It also includes games on Dec. 11 against Florida, Dec. 12 vs. Philadelphia (rare back-to-back Friday and Saturday night home games) and Dec. 16 vs. Montreal.
**The season's longest road trip is also five games. It runs from Jan. 9 to Jan 18 and includes stops at Montreal (Jan. 9), the Rangers (Jan. 12) , Phoenix (Jan. 14, Colorado (Jan. 16) and Nassau Colseum (Jan. 18) against the Islanders.
**The Devils play 12 Friday home games, eight Saturday home contests and two on Sundays. They have only one 1 p.m. start for a home game -- Saturday, Nov. 28 against the Islanders. They have two 5 p.m. starts on Sundays at Prudential Center -- Jan. 31 vs. Los Angeles and the regular season finale vs. Buffalo on April 11.
**There are 19 sets of back-to-back games, including 12 in which they play the first game at home and the second on the road. Only once do they play the first game of a back-to-back set on the road and the second game at home -- Nov. 27 at Boston and Nov. 28 vs. the Islanders.
**The Devils face the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins for the first time on Saturday, Oct. 24 at Mellon Arena.
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Oct. 3 Philadelphia, 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 5 N.Y. Rangers, 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 8 at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 10 at Florida, 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 12 at Washington, 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 16 Atlanta, 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 17 Carolina, 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 22 at N.Y. Rangers, 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 24 at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 29 at Boston, 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 31 at Tampa Bay, 3:00 p.m.
Nov. 4 Washington, 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 6 N.Y. Islanders, 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 7 at Ottawa, 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 11 Anaheim, 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 12 at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 14 Washington, 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 16 at Philadelphia, 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 19 at Nashville, 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 21 at Dallas, 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 25 Ottawa, 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 27 at Boston, 12:00 p.m.
Nov. 28 N.Y. Islanders, 1:00 p.m.
Dec. 2 Vancouver, 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 4 Tampa Bay, 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 5 Detroit, 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 7 at Buffalo, 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 9 Carolina, 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 11 Florida, 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 16 Montreal, 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 18 Ottawa, 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 19 at Atlanta, 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 21 at
Dec. 26 at Washington, 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 28 Atlanta, 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 30 Pittsburgh, 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 31 at Chicago, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 2 at Minnesota, 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 5 Dallas, 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 8 Tampa Bay, 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 9 at Montreal, 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 12 at N.Y. Rangers, 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 14 at Phoenix, 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 16 at Colorado, 1:00 p.m.
Jan. 18 at N.Y. Islanders, 2:00 p.m.
Jan. 20 Florida, 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 22 Montreal, 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 23 at N.Y. Islanders, 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 26 at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 27 at Buffalo, 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 29 Toronto, 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 31 Los Angeles, 5:00 p.m.
Feb. 2 at Toronto, 7:00 p.m.
Feb. 5 Toronto, 7:00 p.m.
Feb. 6 at N.Y. Rangers, 7:00 p.m.
Feb. 8 at Philadelphia, 7:00 p.m.
Feb. 10 Philadelphia, 7:00 p.m.
Feb. 12 Nashville, 7:00 p.m.
Feb. 13 at Carolina, 7:00 p.m.
Mar. 2 at San Jose, 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 5 at Calgary, 7:00 p.m.
Mar. 7 at Edmonton, 6:00 p.m.
Mar. 10 N.Y. Rangers, 7:00 p.m.
Mar. 12 Pittsburgh, 7:00 p.m.
Mar. 13 at N.Y. Islanders, 7:00 p.m.
Mar. 15 Boston, 7:00 p.m.
Mar. 17 Pittsburgh, 7:00 p.m.
Mar. 18 at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 20 St. Louis, 7:00 p.m.
Mar. 23 Columbus, 7:00 p.m.
Mar. 25 N.Y. Rangers, 7:00 p.m.
Mar. 27 at Montreal, 7:00 p.m.
Mar. 28 at Philadelphia, 7:00 p.m.
Mar. 30 Boston, 7:00 p.m.
Apr. 2 Chicago, 7:00 p.m.
Apr. 3 at Carolina, 7:00 p.m.
Apr. 6 at Atlanta, 7:00 p.m.
Apr. 8 at Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 10 N.Y. Islanders, 7:00 p.m.
Apr. 11 Buffalo, 5:00 p.m.