The NHL will open its 2022-23 common season on Oct. 11 with a heavyweight double-header, that includes an Japanese Convention Last rematch between Tampa Bay and the New York Rangers and Pacific Division conflict of Los Angeles and Vegas.
That and extra was revealed Wednesday afternoon when the NHL unveiled its whole schedule for the upcoming 12 months.
In a break with custom, the reigning Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche aren’t on the league’s opening slate. Ball Area was beforehand booked for a live performance on Oct. 11, so the Avalanche will elevate their Cup banner to the rafters on Oct. 12 earlier than dealing with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Colorado defeated the Lightning in Recreation 6 of the Cup Last final month to earn their first title since 2001 and block Tampa Bay’s hopes of repeating a 3rd time as league champs. These two will see one another twice in per week throughout the common season, on Feb. 9 at Tampa Bay and Feb. 14 at Colorado.
That is proper after the NHL’s All-Star Break is labored in from Feb. 2-5. The annual expertise competitors and star-filled recreation will happen at FLA Dwell Area in Dawn, Florida from Feb. 3-4.
The league’s annual slate of out of doors video games continues as effectively. The Winter Traditional takes place on Jan. 2 between Boston and Pittsburgh at Fenway Park, and Carolina will host Washington on Feb. 18 at NC State’s Carter-Finlay Stadium in Raleigh for a Stadium Sequence matchup.
Moreover, the NHL is bringing again its World Sequence that can take 4 golf equipment throughout the pond. Nashville and San Jose play their season-opening video games on Oct. 7 and Oct. eight at O2 Area in Prague, Czech Republic. Columbus and Colorado will face one another in a back-to-back at Nokia Area in Tampere, Finland on Nov. Four and Nov. 5.
Another highlights on the NHL’s agenda:
• Montreal opens its common season at house in opposition to Toronto on Oct. 12, with the potential for this 12 months’s No. 1 choose within the Entry Draft to be dressed for motion. Will or not it’s Shane Wright at heart? Juraj Slafkovsky on the wing? There isn’t any time like an Unique Six matchup for an NHL debut.
• Arizona could have six straight street video games to start out the 12 months earlier than internet hosting Winnipeg on Oct. 28 at their new – and considerably polarizing – area. The Coyotes are renting area at Arizona State College, the place a 5,000-seat venue remains to be being constructed (therefore the early-season slate of away video games). Arizona needed to make investments thousands and thousands into constructing NHL-approved add-ons at ASU, and the Jets will get first crack at testing the ice — actually.
• Edmonton limped out of the postseason following a sweep by the eventual Cup winners of their Western Convention Last sequence. Colorado will meet the Oilers once more on Jan. 7 for a Saturday night time showdown destined for slugfest territory.
• Fired (or unrenewed) coaches will make their varied returns to acquainted barns – Bruce Cassidy leads the Golden Knights again to Boston on Dec. 5, John Tortorella takes Philadelphia to Columbus on Nov. 10, Paul Maurice is in Winnipeg with Florida on Dec. 6, Peter DeBoer returns to Vegas behind Dallas’ bench on Jan. 16, Rick Bowness goes with the Winnipeg Jets early to face his former Stars on Oct. 17 and Jim Montgomery brings the Bruins again to Dallas on Valentine’s Day.
• There’s some rivalry motion brewing for Thanksgiving weekend when Pittsburgh visits Philadelphia on Nov. 25, forward of one other showdown that night between Tampa Bay and St. Louis.