RTL Today – Ice hockey: NHL to open season with Lightning-Rangers rematch

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The 2022-23 NHL regular season will open in North America on October 11 with a double-header that includes an Eastern Conference Finals rematch between the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers. York.

The Vegas Golden Knights and Los Angeles Kings will also play on October 11.

A day later, the Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche will raise their banner in a home opener against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Traditionally, the Stanley Cup champions play on opening night, but Avs’ Ball Arena had already booked a concert.

Colorado beat the two-time defending champion Lightning in six games last month to win its first Stanley Cup crown since 2001.

The first two days of action of the campaign at home will actually follow the two previously announced matchups between the Nashville Predators and the San Jose Sharks in Prague on October 7-8.

These will be the first NHL games in Europe since 2019, after a two-season hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The World Series also includes two games between the Avalanche and the Columbus Blue Jackets in Tampere, Finland on Nov. 4-5.

The 1,312-game schedule, 82 games for each team, will pause for the All-Star Break from February 2-5, with festivities including the All-Star Game scheduled for Sunrise, Florida.

The Winter Classic outdoor game will feature the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins at Fenway Park, home of Major League Baseball‘s Boston Red Sox, on January 2.

Carolina will host Washington in an outdoor Stadium Series game in Raleigh on February 18.

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