Detroit Red Wings’ 2021-22 schedule: What’s on deck after pandemic, in Olympic year

Detroit Free Press

The Detroit Red Wings’ 2021-22 schedule features a home opener on Oct. 14 against the defending Stanley Cup champions, a traditional New Year’s Eve date, and a break for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

The Tampa Bay Lightning will be at Little Caesars Arena Oct. 14 to ring in the new season. The Washington Capitals come on Dec. 31 to ring in the new year.

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The Wings get their first look at the expansion Seattle Kraken on Dec. 1. The first big road trip spans Nov. 15-20 and has stops in Columbus, Dallas, Vegas and Arizona. With a 21-day pause in February for the Olympic Games, the finale isn’t until April 29, at New Jersey.

It’s a nice return to normalcy after last season. The pandemic forced the NHL to make numerous concessions: The schedule was reduced to 56 games, and teams were limited to opponents within geographically realigned divisions.

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For the Wings that meant facing the Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators and Tampa Bay Lightning eight times apiece. To limit traveling, teams generally played one another in two-game mini-series, though the Wings and Stars had two mini-series bakc-to-back in April.

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“We’ve all been working to get back towards closer to normal is great,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “To be in a spot where we can have a normal schedule is great. I think to be able to see more than the divisional teams is a great thing.”

Red Wings 2021-22 schedule

Thursday, Oct. 14: Tampa Bay

Saturday, Oct. 16: Vancouver

Tuesday, Oct. 19: Columbus

Thursday, Oct. 21: Calgary

Saturday, Oct. 23: At Montreal

Sunday, Oct. 24: At Chicago

Wednesday, Oct. 27: At Washington

Friday, Oct. 29: Florida

Saturday, Oct. 30: At Toronto

Tuesday, Nov. 2: At Montreal

Thursday, Nov. 4: At Boston

Saturday, Nov. 6: At Buffalo

Sunday, Nov. 7: Vegas

Tuesday, Nov. 9: Edmonton

Thursday, Nov. 11: Washington

Saturday, Nov. 13: Montreal

Monday, Nov. 15: At Columbus

Tuesday, Nov. 16: At Dallas

Thursday, Nov. 18: At Vegas

Saturday, Nov. 20: At Arizona

Wednesday, Nov. 24: St. Louis

Saturday, Nov. 27: Buffalo

Tuesday, Nov. 30: At Boston

Wednesday, Dec. 1: Seattle

Saturday, Dec. 4: N.Y. Islanders

Tuesday, Dec. 7: Nashville

Thursday, Dec. 9: At St. Louis

Friday, Dec. 10: At Colorado

Tuesday, Dec. 14: N.Y. Islanders

Thursday, Dec. 16: At Carolina

Saturday, Dec. 18: New Jersey

Monday, Dec. 20: Colorado

Thursday, Dec. 23: At Minnesota

Monday, Dec. 27: At N.Y. Rangers

Wednesday, Dec. 29: At N.Y. Islanders

Friday, Dec. 31: Washington

Sunday, Jan. 2: Boston

Tuesday, Jan. 4: San Jose

Thursday, Jan. 6: At Anaheim

Saturday, Jan. 8: At Los Angeles

Tuesday, Jan. 11: At San Jose

Thursday, Jan. 13: Winnipeg

Saturday, Jan. 15: Buffalo

Monday, Jan. 17: At Buffalo

Tuesday, Jan. 18: At Philadelphia

Friday, Jan. 21: Dallas

Saturday, Jan. 22: At Nashville

Wednesday, Jan. 26: Chicago

Friday, Jan. 28: At Pittsburgh

Saturday, Jan. 29: Toronto

Monday, Jan. 31: Anaheim

Wednesday, Feb. 2: Los Angeles

Wednesday, Feb. 23: Philadelphia

Saturday, Feb. 26: At Toronto

Tuesday, March 1: Carolina

Friday, March 4: At Tampa Bay

Saturday, March 5: At Florida

Tuesday, March 8: Arizona

Thursday, March 10: Minnesota

Saturday, March 12: At Calgary

Tuesday, March 15: At Edmonton

Thursday, March 17: At Vancouver

Saturday, March 19: At Seattle

Tuesday, March 22: Philadelphia

Saturday, March 26: Tampa Bay

Sunday, March 27: At Pittsburgh

Wednesday, March 30: N.Y. Rangers

Friday, April 1: Ottawa

Sunday, April 3: At Ottawa

Tuesday, April 5: Boston

Wednesday, April 6: At Winnipeg

Saturday, April 9: Columbus

Tuesday, April 12: Ottawa

Thursday, April 14: At Carolina

Saturday, April 16: At N.Y. Rangers

Sunday, April 17: Florida

Tuesday, April 19: At Tampa Bay

Thursday, April 21: At Florida

Saturday, April 23: Pittsburgh

Sunday, April 24: At New Jersey

Tuesday, April 26: Toronto

Friday, April 29: At New Jersey

Contact Helene St. James at hstjames@freepress.com. Follow her on Twitter @helenestjames. Read more on the Detroit Red Wings and sign up for our Red Wings newsletter. Her book, The Big 50: The Detroit Red Wings is available from AmazonBarnes & Noble and Triumph Books. Personalized copies available via her e-mail. 

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