Preparation for the NHL season begins September 24 with double-headed Maple Leafs senators

The road to the 2023 Stanley Cup begins on Saturday afternoon, September 24, when ‘Battle of Ontario’ rivals the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs start a double-team split, day and night at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena (1 and 7 p.m., ET). Opening Day also features the Princes visiting the Boston Bruins for the Philadelphia Flyers and Arizona Coyotes meeting the St. Louis Blues for a game at a neutral location in Wichita, Kansas.

Across the Atlantic, the Nashville Predators and the San Jose Sharks will play one pre-season game against the European Club Team ahead of their regular season opener on October 7 in Prague, Czech Republic. Predators will encounter SC Bern in Bern, Switzerland on October 3, while sharks will encounter Izbarin Berlin in Berlin, Germany on October 4, all part of the 2022 NHL World Series.

Residents of Twillingate, Newfoundland, Labrador and Elsipogtog First Nation, New Brunswick, will celebrate Kraft Hockeyville winners from across Canada as the country’s most enthusiastic hockey community in 2020 and 2021, respectively, with the Grand Prix of the pre-season game between Montreal Canadians and Ottawa Senators. These community celebrations have been postponed due to COVID-19 in each of the previous two years. Canadians and Senators will meet in Gander, NFL. (Steel Community Center) on October 6 and Bucktosh, NB (JK Irving Center) on October 8.

Neutral pre-season matches will also be played in Abbotsford, BC (Edmonton v Vancouver, October 5); Belleville, Ont. (Ottawa v. Toronto, September 30). Boise, Idaho (Arizona v. Vegas, Oct. 8); Independence, MO (Dallas v. St. Louis, October 1); Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Chicago vs. Minnesota, October 2). Ontario, CA (Los Angeles v. San Jose, September 28); Salt Lake City, Utah (Los Angeles v. Vegas, October 6); Tucson, Arizona (Anaheim v. Arizona, September 25) and Tulsa, Oklahoma (Arizona v. Dallas, September 27).

After the Predators and Sharks play their regular season opening games in Prague from October 7-8, the season begins in North America on Tuesday, October 11.

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2022-23 NHL PRESEASON schedule (all times Eastern Time)

Saturday, September. 24
Ottawa (Split Band) in Toronto (Split Band), 1 p.m.
Ottawa (Split Band) in Toronto (Split Band), 7 p.m.
Boston in Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
St. Louis v. Arizona, at Wichita, CA (INTRUST Bank Arena), 8 p.m.

Sunday, September. 25
Columbus (Split Band) in Pittsburgh (Split Band), 1 p.m.
Buffalo in Washington, 2 p.m.
Colorado (Split Band) in Minnesota, 4 p.m.
Anaheim v. Arizona, in Tucson, Arizona (Tucson Convention Center Circuit), 5 p.m.
Winnipeg in Edmonton, 6 p.m.
Pittsburgh (Split Band) at Columbus (Split Band), 7 p.m.
Los Angeles in San Jose, 7 p.m.
Calgary (split squad) in Vancouver (split squad), 7 p.m.
Vancouver (The Split Band) in Calgary (The Split Band), 8 p.m.
Vegas in Colorado (separate band), 9 p.m.

Monday, September. 26
Florida (Split Band) in Nashville (Split Band), 4 p.m.
New Jersey in Montreal, 7 p.m.
NY Islanders at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.
Florida (Split Band) in Nashville (Split Band), 8 p.m.
St. Louis in Dallas, 8 p.m.
Edmonton in Seattle, 10 p.m.
Los Angeles in Vegas, 10 p.m.

Tuesday, September. 27
New York Rangers in Boston, 7 p.m.
Philadelphia at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tampa Bay in Carolina, 7 p.m.
New Yorkers in New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Detroit in Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Arizona vs. Dallas, in Tulsa, Oklahoma (BOK Center), 8 p.m.
Ottawa in Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
St. Louis in Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
Minnesota in Colorado, 9 p.m.
Calgary in Seattle, 10 p.m.
Anaheim in San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September. 28
Buffalo in Columbus, 7 p.m.
Washington in Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Carolina in Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Montreal in Toronto, 7 p.m.
Chicago in Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Edmonton in Calgary, 9 p.m.
Arizona in Anaheim, 10 p.m.
San Jose v Los Angeles, in Ontario, CA (Toyota Arena), 10 p.m.
Colorado in Vegas, 10 p.m.

Thursday, September. 29
Carolina in Florida, 7 p.m.
Winnipeg in Montreal, 7 p.m.
New Jersey at New York Rangers, 7 p.m.
Nashville in Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Minnesota in Dallas, 8 p.m.
Columbus in St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Seattle in Vancouver, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, September. 30
Tampa Bay in Nashville, 6 p.m.
Toronto vs. Ottawa, in Belleville, Ont. (CAA Arena), 7 p.m.
New York Rangers in New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Washington in Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Calgary in Edmonton, 9 p.m.
San Jose (Separate Team) in Anaheim, 10 p.m.
San Jose (separate band) in Vegas, 10 p.m.

Saturday, October. 1
Philadelphia in Boston, 1 p.m.
Pittsburgh in Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Florida in Carolina, 1 p.m.
Washington in Columbus, 7 p.m.
Montreal in Ottawa, 7 pm
Dallas v St. Louis, in Independence, MO (Cable Dhammer Arena), 8 p.m.
Edmonton in Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
Detroit in Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
Vancouver in Seattle, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, October. 2
Philadelphia in New York Islands, 7 pm
Minnesota vs. Chicago, in Milwaukee, WEserve (Viserve Forum), 7:30 p.m.
Anaheim in Los Angeles, 9 p.m.

Monday, October. 3
Nashville vs SC Bern, in Bern, Switzerland (PostFinance Arena), 2 p.m.
Columbus, Carolina, 7 p.m.
Toronto in Montreal, 7 p.m.
Boston, New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Pittsburgh in Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Colorado in Dallas, 8 p.m.
Seattle in Calgary, 9 p.m.
Vancouver in Edmonton, 9 p.m.

Tuesday, October. 4
San Jose vs Esperin Berlin, in Berlin, Germany (Mercedes-Benz Arena), 1:30 p.m.
Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Ottawa in Montreal, 7 p.m.
New Yorkers in Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Minnesota in St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Los Angeles in Anaheim, 10 p.m.
Arizona in Vegas, 10 p.m.

Wednesday, October. 5
Boston at New York Rangers, 7 p.m.
Detroit in Washington, 7 p.m.
Calgary in Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
Dallas, Colorado, 9:30 p.m.
Edmonton v Vancouver, in Abbotsford, BC (Abbotsford Center), 10 p.m.

Thursday, October. 6
Ottawa vs. Montreal, in Gander, NL (Steel Community Center), FUCK TIME
St. Louis in Columbus, 7 p.m.
Tampa Bay, Florida, 7 p.m.
New Jersey in the New York Islands, 7 pm
Chicago in Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Vegas vs. Los Angeles, in Salt Lake City, Utah (Vivent Arena), 9 p.m.

Friday, October. 7
Buffalo in Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Toronto in Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Winnipeg in Calgary, 9 p.m.
Seattle in Edmonton, 9 p.m.
Arizona in Vancouver, 10 p.m.

Saturday, October. 8
Montreal vs. Ottawa, in Bucktosh, NB (JK Irving Center), time TBA
Florida in Tampa Bay, 4 p.m.
Anaheim in Los Angeles, 5 p.m.
Dallas in Minnesota, 6 p.m.
New Jersey in Boston, 7 p.m.
New York Rangers at New York Islanders, 7 p.m.
Detroit in Toronto, 7 p.m.
Columbus in Washington, 7 p.m.
Arizona vs. Vegas, in Boise, Idaho (Idaho Central Arena), 8 p.m.
Chicago in St. Louis, 8 p.m.

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