Hawks to open title defense in Denver

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks will begin their defense of their Stanley Cup championship on the road, the NHL announced on Monday. The Hawks open the 2010-11 season on Thursday, Oct. 7 in Denver against the Colorado Avalanche.

The Hawks' home opener will come Saturday, Oct. 9 against the Detroit Red Wings, which is likely when they will raise their Stanley Cup banner at the United Center.

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