Coyotes’ home opener vs. Penguins, Crosby on Oct. 10

Sidney Crosby and the Penguins will battle Mike Smith and the Coyotes in the home opener on Oct. 10 at Gila River Arena.

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Here’s a pleasant little diversion for Coyotes’ fans who have been besieged by 110-degree temperatures and an off-season full of ugly legal squabbling:

The 2015-16 season isn’t that far off, and when the Coyotes hit the ice at Gila River Arena for their home opener, it will be one of the bigger matchups of the season. The Coyotes announced Wednesday that the home opener will be Saturday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. against Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The remainder of the 2015-16 schedule will be announced Thursday, so check back for more details. And Friday brings the team’s draft party and jersey unveiling at Gila River Arena.