The New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning will kick off 2022-23 season operations in North America on October 11, and the Colorado Avalanche will hoist their Stanley Cup banner in their home game. opening the next day.
The NHL unveiled its schedule of 1,312 games, or 82 for each team, on Wednesday.
The league previously announced that the Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks would play the first two regular season games as part of the NHL Global Series at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic on October 7-8. . These two NHL games will be the first to feature in Europe since 2019, following a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.
The Avalanche and the Columbus Blue Jackets will also face off in the Global Series at Nokia Arena in Tempere, Finland on November 4-5.
The Lightning will therefore visit the Rangers at Madison Square Garden for a replay of the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals, which was won in six games by Tampa Bay, before the Vegas Golden Knights visit the Kings. of Los Angeles at the Crypto.com Arena, later that evening. The Boston Bruins will face the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena on October 12, then the Avalanche will host the Chicago Blackhawks at the Ball Arena, where the defending champions will hold a ceremony to mark the third victory in their history.
On October 12, two Canadian duels will also be featured. The Toronto Maple Leafs will be at the Bell Center for a classic against the Montreal Canadiens as a curtain raiser, then the Vancouver Canucks will visit the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place.
Here are some highlights of the 2022-23 calendar:
*On American Thanksgiving, Nov. 25, the Pittsburgh Penguins will visit archrivals Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Flyers, at Wells Fargo Center, and the Lightning will host the St. Louis Blues at Amalie arena.
*The 2023 Winter Classic will pit the Bruins against the Penguins at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, on January 2.
*Hockey Day in Canada will be held on January 21, when all seven Canadian teams will be in action.
*The Florida Panthers will host All-Star Weekend 2023 at FLA Live Arena, featuring the Skills Contest on February 3 and the Honda All-Star Game on February 4.
*The Stanley Cup Final replay will take place when the Avalanche visit the Lightning at Amalie Arena on February 9. Tampa Bay travels to Colorado on February 14.
*The 2023 Navy Federal Credit Union Stadium Series between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Capitals at Carter-Finley Stadium on the University of North Carolina campus in Raleigh will be played on February 18.
Each team plays three or four games against the seven other teams in its section, three games against the eight teams from the other section in its association and two games against the 16 teams from the other association.
The regular season will end on April 13 when 30 teams will be in action.