CBA talks are just getting started for the NHL, but the league is already making some big announcements to help you plan your next season.
The NHL announced on Thursday that the 2019-20 regular season will begin on July 1, with games starting on July 18, 2020.
And that means that the team’s 2019-2020 schedule is going to include the first seven regular-season games against the Chicago Blackhawks, Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals, Florida Panthers, and Anaheim Ducks.
In 2018-20, the league was set to play seven games against all four teams, and the 2019 season will feature the first eight games against those four teams.
The teams with the most regular-game appearances (nine) and total regular-year wins (25) will also be able to take the stage.
That’s the case for the Buffalo Sabres, Los Angeles Kings, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, and Tampa Bay Lightning.
The 2017-18 regular season was played on March 10-11, and this year the schedule will include the last eight regular-weekends.
The 2019-21 schedule will be released on July 15, 2021.
In addition, the NHL announced that all three regular-seasons will feature an overtime round of play, as well as an outdoor exhibition.
The 2017-2018 season saw an outdoor game on March 12, and that will be the last regular-round game for the 2019 NHL regular season.
While these dates are important for the upcoming season, it’s important to note that there will still be some key events for the 2017-19 regular season that will not be part of the 2019 schedule.
The season will kick off on April 1 when the New York Rangers host the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The season will conclude with the 2016-17 regular season on April 29 when the Ottawa Senators host the Edmonton Oilers.
The 2016-2017 and 2017-20 seasons will not feature the NHL All-Star Game on February 28, as the NHL and NHLPA agreed to not broadcast it.