The Hockey Gods are upon us as the 2020-2021 season begins tonight following 3 1/2 months of waiting through the pandemic.
It’s time to drop the puck again.
It’s time to look forward to our Nations favourite game.
And there is so much to look forward to.
Starting tonight, the Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers will renew their rivalry at Wells Fargo Center at 5:30, the puck will be dropped at 7:00 PM at the Scotiabank Arena where the Leafs face off against the Canadiens.
The Lightning will begin their title defense against the Chicago Blackhawks at Amalie Arena at 8 PM.
Over to the west, the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks will play at Rogers Place at 10 p.m.
The Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues will play at Ball Arena shortly after at 10:30 PM.
Detroit Red Wings face off against Carolina Hurricanes at the Little Caesars Arena at 7 PM.
Tonight’s games are the first time the NHL will follow new division titles, named after companies in an effort to recoup costs.
• Scotia NHL® North Division – Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg
• Honda NHL® West Division – Anaheim, Arizona, Colorado, Los Angeles, Minnesota, San Jose, St. Louis, Vegas
• Discover NHL® Central Division – Carolina, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Florida, Nashville, Tampa Bay
• MassMutual NHL® East Division – Boston, Buffalo, New Jersey, NY Islanders, NY Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington
The regular season has been shortened from 82 games to 56. Teams will play only within divisions that have been realigned temporarily because of Canada-United States border restrictions and the need to reduce travel.
With no preseason games, we are ready to begin nights at home with our favourite teams, cheering them on with family – a government approved event has finally landed!
Move over Netflix, hockey is here