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NHL games today: Friday’s action headlined by Rangers-Sabres

NHL: New York Rangers at Buffalo Sabres
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With the 2022-23 NHL season underway, keep our NHL games today breakdown bookmarked for all your daily schedule needs.

NHL games today: March 31

There are four NHL games today, headlined by the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres doing battle in Western New York at 7:00 PM ET. That game can be found on NHL Network.

As for the remainder of the smallish NHL schedule for Friday, it wraps up witht he Arizona Coyotes hosting the Dallas Stars at 10:30 PM ET on NHL Power Play and ESPN+.

Related: How To Watch All New York Rangers Games In 2023

When do the 2023 NHL playoffs start?

The road to the Stanley Cup Playoffs begins on April 17, 2023, with a field of 16 teams. There will be a total of four rounds of playoff play and will continue into June until one team emerges to hoist the Stanley Cup.

When is the NHL Trade Deadline 2023?

The NHL trade deadline was on March 3 at 3 PM ET. We saw the first pre-deadline blockbuster on Jan. 30 when the Vancouver Canucks traded captain Bo Harvat to the New York Islanders in exchange for forward Anthony Beauvillier, prospect Aatu Raty and a top-12 protected first-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft. Needless to say, there have been a lot of huge trades since.

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When is the NHL All-Star game?

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The 2023 NHL All-Star Game was on Feb. 4, hosted by the Florida Panthers. The NHL All-Star Game is being held at FLA Live Arena in Sunrise, Florida.

When are the Stanley Cup finals?

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The 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs start on Monday, April 17. Meanwhile, the 2023 Stanley Cup Finals are scheduled to begin on Thursday, June 8.

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What NHL teams participated in the 2022 NHL Global Series?

  • San Jose Sharks vs Nashville Predators –– the Czech Republic on Oct. 7 and 8
  • Columbus Blue Jackets vs Colorado Avalanche – Finland on Nov. 4 and 5

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How many games in the NHL season?

Many fans wonder how long is the hockey season. Similar to the NBA, the NHL season lasts 82 games and takes place each year between October and June.

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Stanley Cup winners

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The Colorado Avalanche are the reigning Stanley Cup champions for 2021-2022. This is their first championship in over 20 years.

  • 2022: Colorado Avalanche 4, Tampa Bay Lightning 2
  • 2021: Tampa Bay Lightning 4, Montreal Canadiens 1
  • 2020: Tampa Bay Lightning 4, Dallas Stars 2
  • 2019: St. Louis Blues 4, Boston Bruins 3
  • 2018: Washington Capitals 4, Vegas Golden Knights 1
  • 2017: Pittsburgh Penguins 4, Nashville Predators 2
  • 2016: Pittsburgh Penguins 4, San Jose Sharks 2
  • 2015: Chicago Blackhawks 4, Tampa Bay Lightning 2
  • 2014: Los Angeles Kings 4, New York Rangers 1
  • 2013: Chicago Blackhawks 4, Boston Bruins 2
  • 2012: Los Angeles Kings 4, New Jersey Devils 2