JULY 22, 2021
Club opens 21st NHL season at Nationwide Arena on Thursday, October 14 vs. Arizona Coyotes
The Columbus Blue Jackets and National Hockey League announced today a 2021-22 regular season schedule in which the club will play 82 games, including 41 home dates at Nationwide Arena. The Blue Jackets will kick off their 21st NHL season on Thursday, October 14 against the Arizona Coyotes at Nationwide Arena. The club will open the season with five of its first six games at home with the lone road contest coming at Detroit against the Red Wings on Tuesday, October 19. The Blue Jackets’ announcement of the club’s 2021-22 schedule is presented by Mike’s Hard Lemonade.
This season’s schedule will see the Blue Jackets play every team in the NHL at least once at home and once on the road, including games against the NHL’s 32nd team, the expansion Seattle Kraken. Columbus returns to the Metropolitan Division in 2021-22 after spending last season in the Central Division. The club will play Metro Division teams a total of 26 times, including 13 games at Nationwide Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals will each visit Nationwide Arena twice, while the Philadelphia Flyers will make a lone visit on April 7. The Blue Jackets will face teams in the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division 24 times, including 12 at home. The club will play two home games each against the Boston Bruins, Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs, while hosting the Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens one time.
Overall, the Blue Jackets will play their 82 games over 197 days with 45 games slated for Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, including eight Thursday home games, seven Friday home contests and eight Saturday home games at Nationwide Arena. Columbus will also play eight times on Sunday, including five games at Nationwide Arena. January is the club’s busiest months with 16 contests, while the team will play 15 games in April. Columbus will tie a franchise record with a seven-game homestand from February 27-March 13, hosting Pittsburgh, New Jersey, Los Angeles, Boston, Toronto, Minnesota and Vegas. The club will play a season-high five-straight road games from December 11-20, visiting Seattle, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Buffalo.
The 2022 Honda NHL® All-Star Weekend will take place in Las Vegas at T-Mobile Arena from February 4-5. The 2022 Honda NHL® All-Star Weekend will include the 2022 NHL All-Star Skills™ on Friday, Feb. 4, and the 2022 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Saturday, Feb. 5.
Olympic Break: No final agreement or decision has been made to this point regarding the possible participation of NHL Players in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Talks remain ongoing. Subject to reaching agreement with the NHL Players’ Association and the International Ice Hockey Federation on all outstanding issues, including appropriate COVID-19 insurance for NHL Players, the League has agreed, per the Collective Bargaining Agreement, to pause from Feb. 7-22, 2022 to accommodate NHL Player participation in the Olympic Games. The NHL and the NHL Players’ Association will retain full authority to decide not to participate should COVID-19 conditions worsen or otherwise pose a threat to the health and safety of NHL Players, or for any other reason that may warrant such decision. In the event NHL Players participate in the 2022 Winter Olympics, the NHL regular season will resume on Wednesday, Feb. 23. If, for whatever reason, there is no NHL Player participation in the Olympics, a revised Regular Season schedule will be released which, to the greatest extent possible, will adopt the dates and games reflected in the schedule contemplating Olympic participation.
Full and partial season tickets for the Blue Jackets’ 2021-22 campaign are currently available for purchase. Information on all ticketing options can be obtained by calling (800) NHL‐COLS or by visiting BlueJackets.com.
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