The upcoming NHL season will be a busy one on Hockey Night in Canada — the 2010-11 edition features the Winter Classic and Heritage Classic outdoor games, all-star weekend in Raleigh, N.C., and the annual Hockey Day in Canada tripleheader.

The schedule also features 29 all-Canadian matchups amongst the 87 games that will be broadcast on the way to the 2011 Stanley Cup playoff and CBC's exclusive coverage of the Stanley Cup final.

The puck will drop on this year's HNIC schedule with a pair of pre-season Saturday night match-ups, on Sept. 25 with Anaheim at Vancouver and Oct. 2 with the Detroit Red Wings at the Toronto Maple Leafs as well as action from the Kraft Hockeyville game from Dundas, Ont. between the Ottawa Senators and Buffalo Sabres.

The regular season begins on Thursday, Oct. 7 and HNIC will broadcast an all-Canadian doubleheader starting at 6:30 p.m. ET with the Montreal Canadiens visiting the Maple Leafs in Toronto. That game will be followed by the first Battle of Alberta of the season between the Calgary Flames and the Oilers in Edmonton.

The traditional Saturday night broadcast with host Ron McLean begins on Oct. 9 when the Senators visit the Maple Leafs and the Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings meet in Vancouver at 10 p.m. ET.

CBCSports.ca will stream the action live and provide full games on-demand streaming along with live blogging in addition to its around-the-clock hockey coverage.

The NHL is returning to the great outdoors for the fourth consecutive Winter Classic on New Year's Day, and HNIC will air the game. The Washington Capitals will play the Penguins at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

All-star weekend takes place at the RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C. HNIC will air the skills competition and all-star game on Jan. 29-30, 2009.

CBC Sports will host Hockey Day in Canada on Feb. 12, with the focal point being Whitehorse, Yk. The day's games will begin with the Senators in Edmonton for a matinee game at 2 p.m. ET. The focus then shifts to the Maple Leafs taking on the Canadiens in Montreal at 7 p.m. ET while the Flames meet the Canucks in Vancouver at 10 p.m. ET.

The following week sees the outdoor coverage shift north to Calgary for the Heritage Classic between the Flames and Canadiens on Feb. 20.

HNIC will follow the playoff chase throughout Saturdays in March, with the final regular season broadcast night on April 9.

 Additional games may be added to the broadcast schedule closer to the start of the season.