Islanders have a long way to go before the opening game
Posted On July 23, 2021
The New York Islanders will be moving to a new arena this season, but they’ll have a long way to go to get there.
The Islanders, who have reached the third round of the playoffs in the past two seasons, will play 13 road games before UBS Arena is ready for its home opener on November 20 against the Calgary Flames. .
The Seattle Kraken expansion will also have to wait until the Climate Pledge Arena opens, requiring a five-game road trip. They will open at home in October. 23 against the geographic rival of the Vancouver Canucks.
The NHL released its full 2021-22 regular season schedule on Thursday. It will be 82 games again, starting October 1. 12 with two sets. It will run until April 29.
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The Tampa Bay Lightning will raise their second straight Stanley Cup banner on opening night against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Kraken visits the Vegas Golden Knights later at a reunion of the league’s most recent expansion teams.
Other highlights of the schedule:
– An Olympic break, February 7-22, has been scheduled, although no deal has yet been made to send NHL players to the 2022 Games. If talks fail, a revised regular season that has already been seen by the teams, according to the Associated Press, will be published.
– The Montreal Canadiens will host the Lightning on December 31. 7 in a Stanley Cup Final rematch, although the two teams are different. The Lightning have already lost Yanni Gourde and Barclay Goodrow, and Canadiens captain Shea Weber will miss the season with injuries.
– The Winter Classic takes place Jan. 1 at Target Field in Minneapolis, with the Minnesota Wild hosting the St. Louis Blues.
– Las Vegas will host the All-Star Game on February 4 and 5.
—The Nashville Predators will host the Lightning outdoors at Nissan Stadium on February 26.