NHL games today: Key dates of the NHL offseason

The Tampa Bay Lightning have won the Stanley Cup in consecutive seasons. Check out the Game 5 recap below, plus key offseason dates:

Final Game Recap: Ross Colton scored a second-period goal and Andrei Vasilevskiy concluded another series with a shutout win as the Tampa Bay Lightning clinched their second consecutive Stanley Cup title, beating the visiting Montreal Canadiens 1-0 on Wednesday. See Sportsnaut’s NHL recap here.

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Key 2021 NHL offseason dates

NHL free agency opens Wednesday, July 28

  • Players who are about to enter unrestricted free agents can re-sign with their current team to a contract of seven years or fewer, but have to wait until Tuesday, July 27, if they want an eight-year contract.
  • The free-agent signing period officially begins at 12 p.m. ET on Wednesday, July 28.
  • Unrestricted free agency for NCAA players officially opens on Thursday, August 15.

NHL Schedule

NHL Games Today: Tuesday, October 12

The schedule for the 2021-22 NHL season has been revealed. Check out the doubleheader that’ll start off the slate:

NHL Opening Night 2021-22Time (ET)TV
Penguins @ LightningTBDESPN
Kraken @ Golden KnightsTBDESPN

Wednesday, October 13

GameTime (ET)TV
Canadiens @ Maple LeafsTBDTBD
Rangers @ CapitalsTBDTNT
Blackhawks @ AvalancheTBDTNT
Canucks @ OilersTBDTBD

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Thursday, October 14

GameTime (ET)TV
Canadiens @ SabresTBDTBD
Maple Leafs @ Senators TBDTBD
Lightning @ Red WingsTBDTBD
Penguins @ Panthers TBDTBD
Stars @ Rangers TBDTBD
Islanders @ HurricanesTBDTBD
Coyotes @ Blue Jackets TBDTBD
Kraken @ Predators TBDTBD
Jets @ DucksTBDTBD
Golden Knights @ KingsTBDTBD

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Friday, October 15

GameTime (ET)TV
Blackhawks @ DevilsTBDTBD
Canucks @ FlyersTBDTBD
Wild @ DucksTBDTBD

Saturday, October 16

GameTime (ET)TV
Stars @ BruinsTBDTBD
Coyotes @ SabresTBDTBD
Senators @ Maple LeafsTBDTBD
Rangers @ CanadiensTBDTBD
Canucks @ Red WingsTBDTBD
Islanders @ PanthersTBDTBD
Blackhawks @ PenguinsTBDTBD
Lightning @ CapitalsTBDTBD
Kraken @ Blue JacketsTBDTBD
Hurricanes @ PredatorsTBDTBD
Blues @ AvalancheTBDTBD
Flames @ OilersTBDTBD
Wild @ KingsTBDTBD
Jets @ SharksTBDTBD

Sunday, October 17

GameTime (ET)TV
Stars @ SenatorsTBDTBD

Monday, October 18

GameTime (ET)TV
Rangers @ Maple LeafsTBDTBD
Kraken @ FlyersTBDTBD
Ducks @ FlamesTBDTBD
Blues @ Coyotes

Tuesday, October 19

GameTime (ET)TV
Canucks @ SabresTBDTBD
Maple Leafs @ Senators TBDTBD
Sharks @ CanadiensTBDTBD
Blue Jackets @ Red Wings TBDTBD
Panthers @ Lightning TBDTBD
Kraken @ DevilsTBDTBD
Stars @ PenguinsTBDTBD
Avalanche @ Capitals TBDTBD
Islanders @ BlackhawksTBDTBD
Kings @ PredatorsTBDTBD
Jets @ WildTBDTBD
Ducks @ OilersTBDTBD

Wednesday, October 20

GameTime (ET)TV
Bruins @ FlyersTBDTNT
Blues @ Golden KnightsTBDTNT

NHL Daily Fantasy Picks (October 12)

  • Andrei Vasilevskiy, G, Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Jordan Eberle, RW, Seattle Kraken
  • Max Pacioretty, LW, Vegas Golden Knights

The Best NHL Bets Today (October 12)

  • Seattle Kraken (+195) vs. Vegas Golden Knights
  • Seattle Kraken vs. Vegas Golden Knights (5.5) goals – OVER
  • Tampa Bay Lightning (-1.5 puck line) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

More key NHL dates for 2021-22 season

  • January 1, 2022: The NHL Winter Classic at Target Field between the Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues (TNT).
  • NHL All-Star Weekend in Las Vegas
    • February 4: NHL All-Star skills competition (ESPN)
    • February 5: NHL All-Star Game (ABC)