The Maple Leafs will open the 2011-12 season with five consecutive home games beginning Thursday, October 6 at Air Canada Centre against the Montreal Canadiens.

The season-opening homestand concludes with a visit from the Winnipeg franchise on Wednesday, October 19.

Toronto’s first road game is Thursday, October 20 against the defending Stanley Cup champions.

In terms of Canadian opponents, the Leafs will play Montreal and Ottawa six times each; Winnipeg four times; and Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver twice each.

The regular season concludes Saturday, April 7 in Montreal.

The team also released its eight-game pre-season schedule to be played between September 19 and October 1.