The Winnipeg Jets 2016-17 regular season schedule was released Tuesday, kicking off with four out of five games at home.

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The Winnipeg Jets 2016-17 regular season schedule was released Tuesday, kicking off with four out of five games at home.

The Jets will welcome the Carolina Hurricanes to start the season before heading to Minnesota to face the Wild two days later on Oct. 15. The Jets will then return home for a three-game set that includes the marquee Heritage Classic game, the popular outdoor hockey series that will be held at Investors Group Field on Oct. 23.

The Jets’ busiest month comes early with 16 games in November, including 10 on the road. November also includes the team's longest road trip of the season: five games in nine nights, from Nov. 17 to Nov. 25.

The team will spend its longest time in Winnipeg in late February and early March with a six-game homestand from Feb. 28 to March 11.

The Jets will take on their Central Division rivals 14 times out of 29 total games this season. Winnipegger Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks come to town twice, on Nov. 15 and on Feb. 10.

Sidney Crosby and the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins are in Winnipeg on March 8.

For those looking for their fellow Canadian team fix: the Jets play the Toronto Maple Leafs once at MTS Centre on Oct. 19; Montreal is in Winnipeg on Jan. 11; Calgary Flames visit MTS Centre twice this season, on Jan. 9 and March 11; Vancouver is in town once, on March 26; Edmonton comes to town Dec. 1 along with their date at the Heritage Classic; and Ottawa Senators visit Winnipeg on April 1.

Winnipeg’s New Year’s Eve game is a meeting with the New York Islanders.

The Jets will also have their own version of reading week from Feb. 22 to Feb. 26 with the newly minted mandatory player week agreed upon by the league and the players' union. In the five-day bye week, players get time off from games and practices.

It’s also worth noting that the Jets and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ respective schedules do not conflict during any of the team’s regular season games. However, if the Bombers host the West semifinal, both teams would play on the same day in Winnipeg -- and both teams would play on Nov. 27 if the Bombers make the Grey Cup final.

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