The Tampa Bay Lightning will protect their Stanley Cup banner-raising ceremony, and the Seattle Kraken will play their first traditional-season game when the 2021-22 NHL season opens Oct. 12.
The League launched its 1,312-game time table, 82 for every group, on Thursday.
The Lightning will elevate their third championship banner and second in as many seasons sooner than they host the Pittsburgh Penguins at Amalie Arena in the first of two video games opening night time (Tampa Bay additionally won the Cup in 2004). In the second game, the Kraken will launch play because the NHL’s 32nd group when they voice about with the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena. Vegas turned the League’s 31st group in 2017-18.
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The Kraken, who chosen 30 players in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft supplied by Upper Deck on Wednesday, will play their first 5 video games on the side road sooner than taking a part of their home opener against the Vancouver Canucks at Native weather Pledge Arena on Oct. 23.
The Original York Islanders will play their first game of their recent home, UBS Arena, against the Calgary Flames on Nov. 20 after initiating the season with 13 side road video games to enable for the completion of construction. it’s miles the most consecutive side road video games to launch a season in NHL history and the second-longest side road stretch at any level (Canucks, 14, Jan. 30-March 10, 2010).
The Montreal Canadiens will host the Lightning in a rematch of the Stanley Cup Final at Bell Centre on Dec. 7.
The time table contains two outdoor video games. The Minnesota Wild will host the St. Louis Blues on Jan. 1 in the 2022 NHL Iciness Traditional at Target Enviornment in Minneapolis, home of the MLB’s Minnesota Twins, in a game before the whole thing scheduled for Jan. 1, 2021. The Nashville Predators will face the Lightning on Feb. 26 in the 2022 Navy Federal Credit rating Union NHL Stadium Sequence at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, home of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans.
The Golden Knights will host the 2022 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend at T-Mobile Arena, featuring the 2022 NHL All-Star Abilities on Feb. 4 and the 2022 Honda NHL All-Star Sport on Feb. 5.
All-Star Weekend will be followed by a stop in video games from Feb. 7-22 if the League reaches an settlement with the NHL Avid gamers’ Affiliation and the World Ice Hockey Federation for NHL players to take part in the 2022 Beijing Olympics. Talks proceed on excellent points, at the side of securing acceptable COVID-19 insurance coverage.
The NHL and NHLPA protect the authority to resolve no longer to take part in the Olympics ought to COVID-19 prerequisites irritate or otherwise pose a threat to the health and security of the players, or for any diversified motive that will warrant this type of resolution. If NHL players don’t participate, the League will open a revised time table that, to the supreme extent doable, will undertake the dates and video games from the time table supplied Thursday.
If NHL players take part in the Olympics, the humble season will resume Feb. 23 and stop April 29 with 30 of the 32 teams in action.
After quickly realigning and reducing to a 56-game, intradivisional time table this season thanks to COVID-19, the NHL will return to its previous time table format, with every group taking part for your complete others no longer no longer up to twice, and its previous divisional alignment, with the Metropolitan Division and Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference and the Central Division and Pacific Division in the Western Conference.
Every group will play three or four video games against the seven diversified teams in its division, three video games against the eight teams in the diversified division in its convention and two video games against the 16 teams from the diversified convention.