Way too early breakdown of the Blues 2021-22 Schedule
Although we find ourselves well over a month away from the opening puck drop of the 2021-22 NHL schedule, it is never too early to look at what’s ahead. Barring unforeseen circumstances, there will be 1,312 total games played in the NHL next season. That’s a lot of hockey for anyone’s consumption, but I have focused on 82 games. And, of course, those games being our beloved boys in blue! I’ll do a further review of the schedule later based on game times (especially those dreaded late west coast puck drops), but for now, let’s begin.
— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) August 13, 2021
First, a month-by-month breakdown of total games played:
February: 4* keep reading for more information
Total: 82 games (And hopefully many more Playoff games to come)
Here are some notable games within the schedule:
- The Season Opener: Sat, Oct 16 @ Colorado. The NHL’s season starts October 12th with an opening night doubleheader, featuring the Tampa Bay Lightning raising their Stanley Cup banner, before hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins. Later that evening, the NHL’s 32nd franchise Seattle Kraken will debut @ the Vegas Golden Knights.
- No place like home: The Blues will return to the friendly confines of the Enterprise Center on Sat, Oct 23rd, against the visiting LA Kings.
- Veterans Day: The Blues will host the Nashville Predators on Thu, Nov 11th. Thank you to the Veterans that own this company. Guy, Jess, and Rob have made this a healing place and I am thankful they reached out to me to write for them.
- The Champs are here: The two-time defending Stanley Cup Champion Lightning will visit the Enterprise Center on Tue, Nov 30th.
- Black Friday: The Blues will have Thanksgiving off but will be on the road playing a game both before and after turkey day, traveling to Detroit for an 11/24 game, and @ Chicago on 11/26.
- All I want for Christmas is 2 points: While the Blues will be home with their families on Christmas, following a 12/23 tilt at Toronto, they will have a chance for 4 big points immediately after. They welcome the New Jersey Devils 12/27 and the Edmonton Oilers on 12/29 to Enterprise Center.
- Release the Kraken: The New Kids on the Block, the Seattle Kraken (including former Blues Jaden Schwartz and Vince Dunn) will make their Enterprise Center debut on 1/13. They will return once more on 4/6.
- Welcome to the Great Northwest: The Blues will make their first (and only) visit to Seattle 1/21
- Closing time: The Blues will finish out their regular season at home on Fri, 4/29 against the Vegas Golden Knights.
Other points of interest:
- The Blues will have 19 weekend home games (Fri, Sat, Sun) on the slate this season. This includes 9 Saturday home games. Party Time.
- The Blues will have 12 back-to-backs in the 2021-22 season, most likely giving backup net-minder Ville Husso quite a few starts. Hopefully, he can avoid digging an early hole for himself and the team by stopping the first couple of shots on goal this time around. He routinely got off to a poor start early, but often settled in as he got more comfortable with the flow of the game.
- This season, the Blues will return to their familiar spot in the Central Division, after one very odd year playing in the Honda Western Division. Joining them will be the usual culprits, plus one. The Arizona Coyotes are shifting over to round out the 8-team division, with the Seattle Kraken joining the Pacific Division.
- The Blues will face off against each Central Division opponent 4 times except for three teams. Those teams include Colorado and Minnesota who the Blues will only play 3 times. This accounts for 26 of the total games played in the season.
- There will be 24 games total against the Central Division and 32 against the Eastern Conference. The Blues will face each Eastern opponent once at home and once on the road for those looking to resume their annual road trips to support the Blue Note.
- The hated Chicago Blackhawks will come to Enterprise Center the day before Halloween Sat, Oct 30th, and returning on January 30th. The Blues will travel to the Windy City on Friday 11/26 and Sunday 2/27.
- Winter Classic: The Blues will finally get their chance to play in the Winter Classic again (after they delayed it one year because of last season’s 56 game schedule) traveling to Target Field to face the Minnesota Wild on New Year’s Day @ 6PM CST. this is the first time the game has been scheduled at night in prime-time.
- The month of February will look much different from in years past (more on that in a moment). Included in February is a lengthy pause in the schedule. The League agreed with the NHL Players’ Association and the International Ice Hockey Federation. NHL players will take part in the 2022 Beijing Olympics. They have released a schedule available on NHL.com.
- If the NHL participates in the 2022 Olympics, the 2022 NHL All-Star Game would serve as a send-off. Here’s how it may play out if the NHL can agree to Olympic participation:
- Feb. 4-5: 2022 NHL All-Star Weekend.
- Feb. 7-22: Possible pause for NHL involvement in 2022 Winter Olympics.
- Feb. 24: If NHL is involved in the Olympics, the 2021-22 regular season would resume on Feb. 24.
Here is the entire schedule with start times to be discussed later as that’s a whole other topic haha:
Sat. 10/16 at Colorado, Mon. 10/18 at Arizona, Wed. 10/20 at Vegas, Sat. 10/23 vs. Los Angeles, Mon. 10/25 vs. Los Angeles, Thu. 10/28 vs. Colorado, Sat. 10/30 vs. Chicago
Wed. 11/3 at Los Angeles, Thu. 11/4 at San Jose, Sun. 11/7 at Anaheim, Tue. 11/9 at Winnipeg, Thu. 11/11 vs. Nashville, Sat. 11/13 at Carolina, Sun. 11/14 vs. Edmonton, Tue. 11/16 vs. Arizona, Thu. 11/18 vs. San Jose, Sat. 11/20 at Dallas, Mon. 11/22 vs. Vegas, Wed. 11/24 at Detroit, Fri. 11/26 at Chicago, Sat. 11/27 vs. Columbus, Tue. 11/30 vs. Tampa Bay
Thu. 12/2 at Tampa Bay, Sat. 12/4 at Florida, Tue. 12/7 vs. Florida, Thu. 12/9 vs. Detroit, Sat. 12/11 vs. Montreal, Sun. 12/12 vs. Anaheim, Tue. 12/14 at Dallas, Fri. 12/17 vs. Dallas, Sun. 12/19 at Winnipeg, Tue. 12/21 at Ottawa, Thu. 12/23 at Toronto, Mon. 12/27 vs. New Jersey, Wed. 12/29 vs. Edmonton
Sat. 1/1 at Minnesota (Winter Classic), Wed. 1/5 at Pittsburgh, Fri. 1/7 vs. Washington, Sun. 1/9 vs. Dallas, Thu. 1/13 vs. Seattle, Sat. 1/15 vs. Toronto, Mon. 1/17 vs. Nashville, Fri. 1/21 at Seattle (look for the Fan Report to be there), Sun. 1/23 at Vancouver, Mon. 1/24 at Calgary, Thu. 1/27 vs. Calgary, Sat. 1/29 vs. Winnipeg, Sun. 1/30 vs. Chicago.
Tue. 2/1 at Montreal, Olympic Break, Fri. 2/25 vs. Buffalo, Sun. 2/27 at Chicago, Mon. 2/28 at Philadelphia.
Wed. 3/2 at N.Y. Rangers, Sat. 3/5 at N.Y. Islanders, Sun. 3/6 at New Jersey, Tue. 3/8 vs. Ottawa, Thu. 3/10 vs. N.Y. Rangers, Sat. 3/12 at Nashville, Sun. 3/13 vs. Winnipeg, Thu. 3/17 vs. Pittsburgh, Sat. 3/19 at Columbus, Tue. 3/22 at Washington, Thu. 3/24 vs. Philadelphia, Sat. 3/26 vs. Carolina, Mon. 3/28 vs. Vancouver, Wed. 3/30 at Vancouver.
Fri. 4/1 at Edmonton, Sat. 4/2 at Calgary, Mon. 4/4 vs. Arizona, Wed. 4/6 vs. Seattle, Fri. 4/8 vs. Minnesota, Sat. 4/9 vs. N.Y. Islanders, Tue. 4/12 at Boston, Thu. 4/14 at Buffalo, Sat. 4/16 vs. Minnesota, Sun. 4/17 at Nashville, Tue. 4/19 vs. Boston, Thu. 4/21 at San Jose, Sat. 4/23 at Arizona, Sun. 4/24 at Anaheim, Tue. 4/26 at Colorado, Fri. 4/29 vs. Vegas.
I cannot wait to see you all at the Enterprise Center. Guy says The Fan Report Media Group is going to give you coverage of this season unlike any you have ever seen. He told me new podcasts are coming and two new Fan Reports will be starting. The PACNW Fan Report covering the Vancouver Canucks and the Seattle Kraken. The Montreal Fan Report is starting also to cover the Canadiens and the Minor leagues.
Making my family proud.
Brian Phipps is a lifelong St Louis Blues and Mizzou Tigers football fan. Very proud, yet humble husband and father of one beautiful daughter. He is also the founder of the Facebook Group “All Blues Everything”
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