The NHL is comprised of 31 teams, soon to be 32 in 2021, once Seattle officially joins. They have announced their 2018-19 regular-season schedule lineup and here are just a few of the many exciting games to look forward to!
Oct. 3: Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals
After winning their first Stanley Cup in 43 years, Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Braden Holtby and the rest of the Capitals will compete against the Bruins at Capital One Arena. This is also the debut of a new coach for the Capitals after Barry Trotz’s resignation.
Oct. 4: Boston Bruins at Buffalo Sabres
After earning 20 points over the course of 41 games and after being named Best Defenseman at the 2018 World Junior Championship, all eyes are on whether defenseman Rasmus Dahlin will be making his NHL debut.
Oct. 11: Winnipeg Jets at Nashville Predators
This is the exciting rematch between the top two teams in the NHL. They clashed in the playoffs, alternating between winning and losing in a seven-game series that was ultimately won by the Jets. This is the Predators change to avenge that title.
Nov. 1-2: Florida Panthers vs. Winnipeg Jets
This is part of the Global Series taking place in Helsinki. The Jets and Panthers will play in the NHL’s second meetup, this time at the Hartwall Arena and people are expecting quite a show.
Jan. 1, 2019: Boston Bruins at Chicago Blackhawks
These two teams have the honor of being part of the Original Six. They will be competing in South Bend, Indiana before a crowd of around 80,000 spectators.
Jan. 18, 2019: New York Islanders at Washington Capitals
After Barry Trotz lead the Capitals to the Stanley Cup, he left that team to be the coach of the Islanders. This will be an interesting reunion for this team’s former coach.
Feb. 23, 2019: Pittsburgh Penguins at Philadelphia Flyers
These two long-standing rivals are no strangers to competition. This will be their second meeting in three seasons. This time around, the Flyers will be the host at the home of the Super Bowl champions, the Philadelphia Eagles.
Feb. 27, 2019: Edmonton Oilers at Toronto Maple Leafs
Star centers Connor McDavid, who was the No. 1 NHL draft pick from 2015, and Auston Matthews, who was the first-choice pick in the 2016 draft, will be facing off against each other. This will be a long-awaited matchup.