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Penguins 2011-2012 Schedule Released

The Penguins released their 2011-2012 schedule on Thursday, and will open the season by visiting three Western Conference foes.

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Pittsburgh's season opener will be Oct. 6 at Western Conference champion Vancouver. Stops in Calgary and Edmonton will follow on Oct. 8 and 9.

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The Florida Panthers will visit Consol Energy Center for the Pens' home opener on October 11, the first game of a three-game homestand that includes dates with the Washington Capitals and Buffalo Sabres on Oct. 13 and 15.

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The Penguins will make their first trip to visit the new Winnipeg team on Oct. 17 and will return there on Dec. 23. Winnipeg will debut at the Consol Energy Center on Feb. 10, 2012 and will return Mar. 20.

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The last nine regular season games will be against Eastern Conference opponents, and six of those will be against Atlantic Division foes including the New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers.

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