The 2022-2023 NHL season kicks off in North America with back-to-back doubleheaders airing in the United States, starting with the New York Rangers hosting the Tampa Bay Lightning on October 11. The Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche will raise their banner the following night before their game against the Chicago Blackhawks.
The October 11 doubleheader, which will also see the Vegas Golden Knights face off against the Los Angeles Kings, will be on ESPN, and the October 12 doubleheader, which will also see the Boston Bruins face off against the Washington Capitals, will be on TNT.
The NHL released its 1,312 game schedule, 82 for each team, on Wednesday.
The NHL previously announced that the Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks will begin the regular season with two games in the 2022 NHL Global Series at the O2 Arena in Prague on October 7 and 8 (each at 2 p.m. ET). Those will be NHL’s first games in Europe since 2019, after a two-season hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Global Series also includes two games between the Avalanche and the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Nokia Arena in Tampere, Finland, on November 4-5.
[PDF: 2022-23 NHL regular season schedule by Club]
The Lightning will visit the Rangers at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. ET) in a rematch of the 2022 Eastern Conference Final, which Tampa Bay won in six games, before the Golden Knights visit the Kings at Crypto.com Arena (10 p.m.) ET). The Bruins will visit the Capitals at Capital One Arena on October 12 before the Avalanche raise their third championship flag (Colorado also won the Cup in 1996 and 2001) and host the Blackhawks at Ball Arena (9:30 p.m.). ET).
The October 12 slate also features a doubleheader on Sportsnet in Canada with the Toronto Maple Leafs visiting the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Center (7pm ET), followed by the Vancouver Canucks vs. Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place in Edmonton (10pm ET).
Other highlights on the schedule for 2022-23 include:
*The 2022 NHL Thanksgiving Showdown doubleheader on TNT on November 25 with the Pittsburgh Penguins visiting the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Arena (5:00 PM ET) and the Lightning hosting the St. Louis Blues at Amalie Arena (7:30 PM ET ).
*The 2023 Discover NHL Winter Classic between the Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins at Fenway Park in Boston, home of the Boston Red Sox, on January 2 (2:00 PM ET).
*Hockey Day in Canada, featuring all seven Canadian-based teams in action on January 21.
*The Florida Panthers will host the 2023 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend at the FLA Live Arena, with the 2023 NHL All-Star Skills on February 3 and the 2023 Honda NHL All-Star Game on February 4.
*A rematch of the 2022 Stanley Cup Finals when the Avalanche visits the Lightning at the Amalie Arena on February 9 (7:00 PM ET). Tampa Bay will face Colorado at Ball Arena on February 14 (9pm ET).
*The 2023 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Capitals at Carter-Finley Stadium on the campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina on February 18 (8:00 PM ET).
Each of the 32 teams will play three or four games against the other seven teams in their division, three games against the eight teams in the other division in their conference, and two games against the 16 teams from the other conference.
The regular competition will end on April 13 with 15 matches.