When does the NHL season start? Everything to know about the beginning of the 2022-23 campaign

It feels like yesterday as we watched Nathan MacKinnon, Cale Makar and the rest of the Avalanche win the Stanley Cup to wrap up the 2021-22 NHL season.

Believe it or not, next season is fast approaching. We are exactly six weeks away from the start of the 2022-23 campaign.

The off-season has had its fair share of big storylines. Shane Wright dropped 4th in the NHL draft, Johnny Gaudreau shocked the hockey world by signing with the Blue Jackets, the Senators traded Alex DeBrincat and much, much more.

The NHL is once again taking its talents overseas to kickstart the new season; The first games on the schedule are part of the NHL Global Series. The Sharks and Predators play two contests in Prague, Czech Republic.

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Here’s what you need to know about the start of the 2022-23 NHL season.

When does the 2022-23 NHL season begin?

  • Date: Friday October 7th
  • Game: Sharks vs. Predators
  • Puck drop: 2 p.m. ET

The opening game of the 2022-23 NHL season will be held in Europe. The league kicks off the campaign with its Global Series. This year the series will be played in Prague, Czech Republic at the O2 Arena. The Sharks and the Predators play back-to-back games on October 7th and 8th.

Opening night in North America takes place on Tuesday, October 11th with a doubleheader of Lightning vs. Rangers and Golden Knights vs. Kings.

NHL schedule for the first week of the 2022-23 season

Friday October 7th

Match time
Predators vs Sharks 14 o’clock

Saturday October 8th

Match time (ET)
Sharks vs. Predators 14 o’clock

Tuesday October 11th

Match time (ET)
Rangers vs Lightning 19:30 o’clock
Kings vs Golden Knights 22 O `clock

Wednesday October 12th

Match time (ET)
Hurricanes vs Blue Jackets 19 o’clock
Canadians vs. Maple Leafs 19 o’clock
Capitals vs. Bruins 19 o’clock
Avalanche vs Blackhawks 9:30 p.m
Ducks vs Octopuses 22 O `clock
Oilers vs. Canucks 22 O `clock

Thursday October 13th

Match time (ET)
Sabers against senators 19 o’clock
Airman vs Devil 19 o’clock
Penguins vs Coyotes 19 o’clock
Islanders vs Panthers 19:30 o’clock
Maple Leafs vs. Capitals 19:30 o’clock
Wild vs Rangers 8 p.m
Predators against stars 8 p.m
Flames vs. Avalanche 9:30 p.m
Golden Knights vs Blackhawks 22 O `clock
Kings vs Kraken 10:30 p.m

Friday October 14th

Match time (ET)
Blue jacket against Lightning 19 o’clock
Red Wings vs Canadians 19:30 o’clock
Jets vs Rangers 8 p.m
Sharks vs Hurricanes 10:30 p.m

Saturday October 15th

Match time (ET)
Saber vs Panther 13 o’clock
Flyers against Canucks 4 p.m
Bruins versus coyotes 19 o’clock
Devils vs Red Wings 19 o’clock
Penguins vs Lightning 19 o’clock
Maple Leafs vs. Senators 19 o’clock
Capitals vs. Canadians 19 o’clock
Islanders vs Ducks 19:30 o’clock
Stars vs. Predators 8 p.m
Wild vs. Kings 8 p.m
Blues vs Blue Jackets 8 p.m
Oilers vs. Flames 22 O `clock
Kraken vs. Golden Knights 22 O `clock
Sharks vs Blackhawks 10:30 p.m

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COVID-19 and the start of the NHL season

The NHL and NHLPA have announced changes to COVID-19 protocols for the upcoming season.

Under the new protocols, teams are allowed to ban unvaccinated players who are unable to participate in team activities due to their vaccination status. Teams can force players to forego their wages in these circumstances. If a vaccinated player tests positive, they can continue to be paid even if they are unable to participate in team activities.

If a player shows symptoms of COVID-19, they must undergo a rapid test and quarantine pending the results. If the first test is negative, the player must test himself daily for three days.

If a player tests positive, as long as they are asymptomatic, they can leave isolation within the first five days once they have two consecutive negative test results. Players who are symptomatic and are in quarantine between six and nine days can exit isolation with a negative test result if it occurs more than 24 hours after their last fever. Once someone leaves quarantine in less than 10 days, they must wear a mask until 10 days have passed since the positive test.

Organizations are required to disclose all positive COVID-19 cases to the media. Commissioner Gary Bettman may still postpone, delay, or reschedule training camp or any portion of the NHL season if the league or NHLPA believes continuing the season “creates a material risk to the health and safety of players or others.” or would exacerbate and/or jeopardize the health and safety integrity of the competition anticipated during the 2022-23 season.”

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