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Arizona Coyotes 2018 preseason schedule announced

Arizona Coyotes center Clayton Keller (9) celebrates his goal with the bench during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

The 2018 Arizona Coyotes preseason schedule has been released.

The Coyotes will open the preseason with a road matchup against the defending Western Conference champion Vegas Golden Knights on Sept. 16.

Arizona’s first game at Gila River Arena will be September 18 in a split-squad matchup against the Los Angeles Kings.

The Coyotes preseason schedule includes seven total games and will feature all Western Conference opponents.

To finish up preseason play, the Coyotes will travel to Prospera Place in Kelowna, British Columbia for a matchup against the Vancouver Canucks on Sept. 29.

After finishing at the bottom of the Pacific division last season, the Coyotes look to improve on a 29-41-12 record with a continued infusion of young talent.

Here is the full preseason schedule (home games in bold):

Sunday, Sept. 16 vs. Vegas Golden Knights 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 18 vs. Los Angeles Kings 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 18 vs. Los Angeles Kings 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 22 vs. Anaheim Ducks 6 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 24 vs. Anaheim Ducks 7 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 27 vs. Edmonton Oilers 6 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 29 vs. Vancouver Canucks 7 p.m.