It’s never too early to start planning ahead for NHL hockey.
Sure, the preseason isn’t as exciting as the regular season, but if it gets their favorite teams and players back on the ice, hockey fans will take it. Besides, some of the contests on the 108-game slate are unique and noteworthy.
For starters, there will be 45 venues that play host to NHL preseason action this fall, which means there are some exciting events in store. The first such game will be on the opening day of the preseason, as the Arizona Coyotes and St. Louis blues play in Wichita, Kansas on September 24.
The NHL has announced dates for the 2022 preseason.
Overseas, the Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks, who will meet in a regular season game in Prague on October 7, will each play preseason games against European opponents. The Preds will play in Switzerland on October 3, while the Sharks will play in Germany on October 4.
Kraft Hockeyville’s 2020 and 2021 winners will also be a part of the NHL’s preseason schedule, as the new-look Ottawa Senators will do battle with the Montreal Canadiens. Their matchups will be in Gander, Newfoundland on October 6 and Bouctouche, New Brunswick on October 8.
There will be nine other neutral site contests throughout the preseason that will be held in places like Boise, Idaho; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The action begins on September 24 with the Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs facing off in a pair of split-squad scrimmages, the first of which will kick off the preseason at 1:00 PM.
Hockey fans may still be waiting for some of free agency’s biggest names to find new homes for next season, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t count down the days until puck drop.