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NHL games today: 2022 NHL offseason calendar, NHL Draft, free agency

Andrew Buller-Russ
NHL games today, NHL offseason schedule
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The NHL season wrapped up with the Colorado Avalanche becoming Stanley Cup champions for the third time in their history. In this article, we track all the NHL games today as well as highlight other key dates throughout the season. For now, here’s your daily hockey schedule, including important offseason dates.

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NHL games today

There are no NHL games today. The Colorado Avalanche are Stanley Cup champions, defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games. It concludes the 2022 NHL playoffs and the 2021-’22 NHL season, with focus now shifting towards the offseason.

When does the NHL preseason schedule start?

The 2022 NHL preseason schedule begins on Saturday, September 24 and will run through October 8. It’s all to the lead up of the 2022-’23 NHL schedule, which you can find more information about further below.

There will be four NHL preseason games on September 24, including the Ottawa Senators vs Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins vs Philadelphia Flyers. The reigning Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche open their NHL preseason schedule on Sunday, September 25 against the Minnesota Wild.

When will the next NHL season start?

The 2022-’23 NHL season begins on Friday, October 7. The first game of the 2022 NHL season is the Nashville Predators vs San Jose Sharks, with the game played at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic as part of the NHL Global Series.

What NHL teams will participiate in the 2022 NHL Global Series?

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

NHL Thanksgiving Showdown

The 2022 NHL Thanksgiving Showdown is on Friday, Nov. 25 with two matchups. The NHL schedule begins with the Pittsburgh Penguins vs Philadelphia Flyers and concludes with the Tampa Bay Lightning vs St. Louis Blues.

  • 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.

NHL Schedule

NHL offseason schedule

Here are important dates to know on the 2022 NHL offseason calendar.

  • August 9 – August 20 – 2022 IIHF World Junior Championships 
  • September 16 – September 19 – 2022 Rookie Faceoff

Stanley Cup winners

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The Colorado Avalance 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

When is the NHL Trade Deadline?

The 2021-2022 NHL trade deadline occurred on March 21, 2022. Next season’s trade deadline will not be set until June, however, chances are it will happen in the third week of March in 2023.

When is the NHL all-star game?

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The annual NHL all-star game took place on February 5 and featured the Metropolitan Division beating the Central Division 5-3. The date for next season’s NHL all-star event will be decided when the schedule for the new league year is created in June.

When are the Stanley Cup finals?

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The 2022 Stanley Cup Final began on June 15, shortly after the NHL Playoff conference finals. The NHL playoff schedule will end no later than June 30.