NEW YORK --The return of NHL hockey to Winnipeg and seven overseas games against international opponents highlight the National Hockey League's 2011-12 pre-season schedule from Sept. 19 to Oct. 4.

Winnipeg fans will have the first opportunity to cheer their team on Tuesday, Sept. 20 when the Jets make their pre-season debut with home-and-home, split-squad games against the Columbus Blue Jackets (7 p.m., ET in Columbus, 8:30 p.m., ET in Winnipeg).

Four clubs -- the Anaheim Ducks, Buffalo Sabres, Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers -- will play seven pre-season games in six different countries against international competition as they prepare to open the regular season with the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere series, featuring games in Berlin, Stockholm and Helsinki on Oct. 7 and 8.

The Rangers have the busiest pre-season tour, playing four games in four countries in a five-day span. They will face Sparta Prague in the Czech Republic capital Sept. 29, followed by games in Gothenburg, Sweden (vs. Frolunda, Sept. 30); Bratislava, Slovakia (vs. HC Slovan, Oct. 2) and Zug, Switzerland (vs. EV Zug, Oct. 3).

The Sabres, Kings and Ducks will play their lone pre-season games in Europe on Oct. 4. The Sabres and Kings will be in Germany, visiting Adler Mannheim and Hamburg Freezers, respectively, while the Ducks travel to Helsinki to take on Finnish club Jokerit.

The people of Conception Bay South, Newfoundland, winners of the Canada-wide Kraft Hockeyville competition, will celebrate the grand prize when the Ottawa Senators and Winnipeg Jets visit their community Sept. 26. In order to accommodate ticket demand that far exceeded the 600-seat capacity Robert French Memorial Stadium, the Senators and Jets will face off in nearby St. John's at Mile One Centre.

The schedule features several other contests that will be played outside NHL cities, including Albany, N.Y. (New Jersey vs. NY Rangers, Sept. 21); Baltimore, Md. (Nashville vs. Washington, Sept. 20); Bridgeport, Conn. (Boston vs. NY Islanders, Oct. 1); Charlotte, N.C. (Carolina vs. Winnipeg, Sept. 25); Halifax, N.S. (Boston vs. Montreal, Sept. 25); Kansas City, Mo. (Los Angeles vs. Pittsburgh, Sept. 27); Las Vegas, Nev. (Colorado vs. Los Angeles, Oct. 1); London, Ont. (Detroit vs. Philadelphia, Sept. 22); Orlando, Fla. (St. Louis vs. Tampa Bay, Sept. 21); Quebec City, Que. (Montreal vs. Tampa Bay, Oct. 1) and Saskatoon, Sask. (Chicago vs. Edmonton, Sept. 20).

The 2011-12 NHL regular season opens Oct. 6.

2011-12 NHL PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE (all times Eastern)


Nashville at Florida (split-squad doubleheader), 3 p.m.

Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

Ottawa at Toronto, 7 p.m.

Nashville at Florida (split-squad doubleheader), 7:30 p.m.


Philadelphia at Toronto, 7 p.m.

Winnipeg at Columbus (split squads), 7 p.m.

Nashville vs. Washington, at Baltimore, Md. (1st Mariner Arena), 7 p.m.

Dallas at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

Tampa Bay at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

Chicago vs. Edmonton (split squad), at Saskatoon, Sask. (Credit Union Centre), 8 p.m.

Columbus at Winnipeg (split squads), 8:30 p.m.

Minnesota at Edmonton (split squad), 9 p.m.

Vancouver at Calgary (split squads), 9 p.m.

Calgary at Vancouver (split squads), 10 p.m.

Phoenix at Anaheim, 10 p.m.


Toronto at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Washington at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Detroit at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

St. Louis vs. Tampa Bay, at Orlando, Fla. (Amway Center), 7 p.m.

New Jersey vs. NY Rangers, at Albany, N.Y. (Times Union Center), 7 p.m.

Buffalo at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

Boston at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

San Jose at Anaheim, 10 p.m.

Los Angeles at Phoenix (split squads), 10 p.m.

Phoenix at Los Angeles (split squads), 10:30 p.m.


Chicago at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

Detroit vs. Philadelphia, at London, Ont. (John Labatt Centre), 7 p.m.

Minnesota at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

Colorado at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Vancouver at Edmonton, 9 p.m.


NY Islanders at Boston, 7 p.m.

Buffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m.

Nashville at Carolina, 7 p.m.

NY Rangers at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

Philadelphia at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Florida at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

Montreal at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

Washington at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Columbus at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

St. Louis at Colorado, 9 p.m.

Anaheim at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.


Minnesota at Pittsburgh, 3 p.m.

Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

Ottawa at Montreal, 7 p.m.

New Jersey at NY Islanders, 7 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Florida, 7:30 p.m.

Winnipeg at Nashville, 8 p.m.

St. Louis at Dallas, 8 p.m.

Calgary at Edmonton, 8 p.m.

Anaheim at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

Phoenix at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.


Chicago at Detroit, 5 p.m.

Buffalo at Columbus, 5 p.m.

Carolina vs. Winnipeg, at Charlotte, N.C. (Time Warner Cable Arena), 5 p.m.

Boston vs. Montreal, at Halifax, N.S. (Metro Centre), 6 p.m.

Dallas at Colorado, 8 p.m.

Edmonton at Calgary, 8 p.m.

San Jose at Vancouver, 9 p.m.

Anaheim at Los Angeles, 9:30 p.m.


Ottawa vs. Winnipeg, at St. John's, Nfld. (Mile One Centre), 4 p.m.

Columbus at Washington, 7 p.m.

NY Rangers at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Boston at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.


Dallas at Florida, 7:30 p.m.

Toronto at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

St. Louis at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Los Angeles vs. Pittsburgh, at Kansas City, Mo. (Sprint Center), 8 p.m.

Phoenix at Edmonton, 9 p.m.

NY Islanders at Calgary, 9 p.m.


Washington at Nashville, 8 p.m.

Carolina at Winnipeg, 8:30 p.m.

Detroit at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.

Los Angeles at Colorado, 9 p.m.

Vancouver at Anaheim, 10 p.m.


NY Rangers vs. Sparta Prague, at Prague, Czech Republic (TESLA Arena), 1 p.m.

Ottawa at Boston, 7 p.m.

New Jersey at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Minnesota at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

Colorado at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

Florida at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Phoenix at Calgary, 9 p.m.

Vancouver at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.


NY Rangers vs. Frolunda, at Gothenburg, Sweden (Scandinavium), 1 p.m.

Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.

NY Islanders at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

Columbus at Carolina, 7 p.m.

Toronto at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Edmonton at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.

Nashville at Winnipeg, 8:30 p.m.

Los Angeles at Anaheim, 10 p.m.


Dallas at St. Louis, 2:30 p.m.

Detroit at Toronto, 7 p.m.

Philadelphia at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

Montreal vs. Tampa Bay, at Quebec City, Que. (Colisée Pepsi), 7 p.m.

Boston vs. NY Islanders, at Bridgeport, Conn. (Webster Bank Arena), 7 p.m.

Carolina at Nashville, 8 p.m.

Colorado vs. Los Angeles, at Las Vegas, Nev. (MGM Grand), 9 p.m.

San Jose at Phoenix, 10 p.m.

Edmonton at Vancouver, 10 p.m.


NY Rangers vs. HC Slovan, at Bratislava, Slovakia (SLOVNAFT Arena), 11 a.m.

Pittsburgh at Detroit, 5 p.m.

Chicago at Washington, 5 p.m.


NY Rangers vs. EV Zug, at Zug, Switzerland (Bossard Arena), 2 p.m.


Anaheim vs. Jokerit, at Helsinki, Finland (Hartwall Arena), 12 p.m.

Los Angeles vs. Hamburg, at Hamburg, Germany (02 World Hamburg Arena), 1 p.m.

Buffalo vs. Adler Mannheim, at Mannheim, Germany (SAP Arena), 1:30 p.m.