Hawks to open season at home

For the first time in seven years, the Blackhawks will open the regular season on home ice.

The Hawks will play the Columbus Blue Jackets on Oct. 13 at the United Center to kick off their 85th season in franchise history. The NHL released complete schedules for every team Thursday as part of a busy couple of weeks that includes the entry draft Friday and Saturday and the start of free agent signings July 1.

Once again, the Hawks' schedule is packed with weekend home games. Twenty-four of the team's 41 games at the United Center will take place on weekends, including nine on Fridays, three on Saturdays and 12 on Sundays. A seven-game homestand from Feb. 15 to March 1 will equal the longest homestand in franchise history.

The Hawks will play each of their Central Division rivals (Detroit, Nashville, St. Louis and Columbus) six times, including three at home and three on the road. They will play every team in the Eastern Conference at least once this season.

For information on group tickets, call 312-455-7000. The Hawks will release information for buying single-game tickets at a future date to be determined.

Here is a month-by-month look at the Hawks schedule.

Oct. 13 Blue Jackets at Blackhawks, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 16 Blackhawks at Jets, 7 p.m.

Oct. 18 Avalanche at Blackhawks, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 20 Red Wings at Blackhawks, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 23 Blackhawks at Blues, 7 p.m.

Oct. 27 Sharks at Blackhawks, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 30 Coyotes at Blackhawks, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 2 Predators at Blackhawks, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 3 Blackhawks at Maple Leafs, 6 p.m.

Nov. 5 Penguins at Blackhawks, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 7 Blackhawks at Avalanche, 8:30 p.m.

Nov. 10 Blackhawks at Stars, 7 p.m.

Nov. 11 Oilers at Blackhawks, 6 p.m.

Nov. 14 Blackhawks at Oilers, 8:30 p.m.

Nov. 15 Blackhawks at Canucks, 9 p.m.

Nov. 17 Blackhawks at Flames, 9 p.m.

Nov. 20 Blackhawks at Sharks, 9:30 p.m.

Nov. 21 Blackhawks at Kings, 9:30 p.m.

Nov. 23 Blackhawks at Ducks, 3 p.m.

Nov. 27 Kings at Blackhawks, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 28 Blackhawks at Wild, 7 p.m.

Nov. 30 Flames at Blackhawks, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 2 Sharks at Blackhawks, 6 p.m.

Dec. 4 Blackhawks at Canadiens, 6 p.m.

Dec. 7 Devils at Blackhawks, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 9 Blues at Blackhawks, 6 p.m.
Dec. 11 Blackhawks at Islanders, 6 p.m.
Dec. 13 Blackhawks at Sabres, 6 p.m.
Dec. 15 Blackhawks at Blues, 7 p.m.
Dec. 16 Flames at Blackhawks, 6 p.m.
Dec. 18 Blackhawks at Wild, 7 p.m.
Dec. 23 Ducks at Blackhawks, 6 p.m.
Dec. 26 Predators at Blackhawks, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 28 Hurricanes at Blackhawks, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 30 Oilers at Blackhawks, 6 p.m.
Dec. 31 Blackhawks at Blue Jackets, 6 p.m.
Jan. 2 Rangers at Blackhawks, 7 p.m.
Jan. 5 Blackhawks at Capitals, 6 p.m.
Jan. 6 Red Wings at Blackhawks, 7 p.m.
Jan. 8 Blackhawks at Predators, 7 p.m.
Jan. 10 Stars at Blackhawks, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 12 Blackhawks at Bruins, 12 p.m.
Jan. 13 Sabres at Blackhawks, 6 p.m.
Jan. 16 Blues at Blackhawks, 7 p.m.
Jan. 19 Blackhawks at Predators, 7 p.m.
Jan. 20 Flyers at Blackhawks, 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 22 Stars at Blackhawks, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 29 Blackhawks at Blue Jackets, 6 p.m.
Feb. 1 Blackhawks at Flames, 8 p.m.
Feb. 2 Blackhawks at Canucks, 9 p.m.
Feb. 4 Blackhawks at Oilers, 8:30 p.m.
Feb. 7 Blackhawks at Sharks, 9:30 p.m.
Feb. 9 Blackhawks at Coyotes, 7 p.m.
Feb. 12 Coyotes at Blackhawks, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 13 Blackhawks at Red Wings, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 15 Ducks at Blackhawks, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 17 Bruins at Blackhawks, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 19 Red Wings at Blackhawks, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 22 Blue Jackets at Blackhawks, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 24 Canucks at Blackhawks, 6 p.m.
Feb. 27 Senators at Blackhawks, 7 p.m.
March 1 Wild at Blackhawks, 7:30 p.m.
March 3 Blackhawks at Red Wings, 6:30 p.m.
March 6 Avalanche at Blackhawks, 7 p.m.
March 8 Blackhawks at Panthers, 6:30 p.m.
March 10 Blackhawks at Flyers, 2 p.m.
March 12 Canucks at Blackhawks, 7:30 p.m.
March 14 Blackhawks at Avalanche, 8 p.m.
March 16 Blackhawks at Stars, 7 p.m.
March 18 Blackhawks at Blue Jackets, 6 p.m.
March 21 Blackhawks at Kings, 9:30 p.m.
March 22 Blackhawks at Ducks, 9 p.m.
March 24 Blackhawks at Coyotes, 8 p.m.
March 26 Kings at Blackhawks, 7:30 p.m.
March 29 Lightning at Blackhawks, 7:30 p.m.
March 31 Blackhawks at Red Wings, 6:30 p.m.
April 1 Wild at Blackhawks, 7:30 p.m.
April 4 Predators at Blackhawks, 7:30 p.m.
April 6 Blackhawks at Predators, 7 p.m.
April 7 Blue Jackets at Blackhawks, 6 p.m.
April 12 Blues at Blackhawks, 7:30 p.m.
April 13 Blackhawks at Blues, 7 p.m.