NHL shares its 5-game opening-night schedule
The Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs compete against each other on the opening night. (Photo by Mark Blinch / NHLI via Getty Images)
The NHL returns on Jan. 13 with five games spread across the league's four temporary divisions, serving as the starting point for the 2021 season.
Two games will be played in the North Division on the opening night. The Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs start at the Scotiabank Arena before the Edmonton Oilers host the Vancouver Canucks in the All-Canadian Nightcap.
The remaining divisions will only have one game per game on January 13th. These include the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins opening the East Division, the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning setting things up at headquarters, and the groundbreaking St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche in the west.
Most teams have access to their full 56 game regular season schedules, which will be incredibly full and come with mini-sets for two, three, four, and even five games, as well as many games in a row.
As of this writing, however, the NHL has only shared each team's official return to the ice.
Each team will be on duty on either the first or the second night, with the exception of the Ottawa Senators, who will have to wait another 48 hours to play their first game in roughly 10 months.
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