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NHL back to 82-game schedule, Wild back in Central Division

The season opener for the Wild will be Oct. 15 on the road against the Anaheim Ducks with the home opener to follow on Oct. 19 against the Winnipeg Jets.

Minnesota Wild forward Nick Bjugstad (27) celebrates his goal with forward Nico Sturm (7) and forward Nick Bonino (13) against Vegas Golden Knights in the third period in Game 6 of the first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 26, 2021, at Xcel Energy Center. Brad Rempel / USA TODAY Sports

ST. PAUL -- After enduring a wacky 56-game schedule last season due to the pandemic, the NHL will return to a normal 82-game schedule for the upcoming 2021-22 season.

That means the Wild will go back to playing every team in the league. They also will return to playing in the Central Division along with the Arizona Coyotes, Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues and Winnipeg Jets.

The season opener for the Wild will be Oct. 15 on the road against the Anaheim Ducks with the home opener to follow on Oct. 19 against the Winnipeg Jets. Some other notable quirks in the 2021-22 regular schedule include the highly anticipated Winter Classic against the St. Louis Blues on New Year’s Day at Target Field, a two-week break in February for the 2022 Winter Olympics and a nine-game homestand that spans most of March.

Here’s a look at the full 82-game regular-season schedule. The start time for each game will be released at a later date.


Oct. 15 @ Anaheim Ducks


Oct. 16 @ Los Angeles Kings

Oct. 19 vs. Winnipeg Jets

Oct. 23 vs. Anaheim Ducks

Oct. 24 vs. Nashville Predators

Oct. 26 @ Vancouver Canucks

Oct. 28 @ Seattle Kraken

Oct. 30 @ Colorado Avalanche


Nov. 2 vs. Ottawa Senators


Nov. 6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins

Nov. 7 vs. New York Islands

Nov. 10 @ Arizona Coyotes

Nov. 11 @ Vegas Golden Knights

Nov. 13 @ Seattle Kraken

Nov. 16 vs. San Jose Sharks

Nov. 18. vs. Dallas Stars

Nov. 20 @ Florida Panthers


Nov. 21 @ Tampa Bay Lightning

Nov. 24 @ New Jersey Devils

Nov. 26 vs. Winnipeg Jets

Nov. 28 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Nov. 30 vs. Arizona Coyotes


Dec. 2 vs. New Jersey Devils

Dec. 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Dec. 7 @ Edmonton Oilers


Dec. 9 @ San Jose Sharks

Dec. 11 @ Los Angeles Kings

Dec. 12 @ Vegas Golden Knights

Dec. 14 vs. Carolina Hurricanes

Dec. 16 vs. Buffalo Sabres

Dec. 18 vs. Florida Panthers

Dec. 20 @ Dallas Stars

Dec. 23 vs. Detroit Red Wings


Dec. 27 @ Winnipeg Jets


Jan. 1 vs. St. Louis Blues

Jan. 3 @ Ottawa Senators

Jan. 6 @ Boston Bruins

Jan. 8 vs. Washington Capitals

Jan. 10 @ Winnipeg Jets

Jan. 12 @ Edmonton Oilers

Jan. 14 vs. Anaheim Ducks


Jan. 17 @ Colorado Avalanche

Jan. 21 @ Chicago Blackhawks

Jan. 22 vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Jan. 24 vs. Montreal Canadiens

Jan. 28 @ New York Rangers

Jan. 30 @ New York Islanders


Feb. 2 @ Chicago Blackhawks



Feb. 24 @ Toronto Maple Leafs

Feb. 26 @ Calgary Flames


March 1 vs. Calgary Flames

March 3 @ Philadelphia Flyers

March 4 @ Buffalo Sabres

March 6 vs. Dallas Stars

March 8 vs. New York Rangers

March 10 @ Detroit Red Wings

March 11 @ Columbus Blue Jackets

March 13 vs. Nashville Predators

March 16 vs. Boston Bruins

March 19 vs. Chicago Blackhawks

March 21 vs. Vegas Golden Knights

March 24 vs. Vancouver Canucks

March 26 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

March 27 vs. Colorado Avalanche

March 29 vs. Philadelphia Flyers

March 31 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins


April 2 @ Carolina Hurricanes

April 3 @ Washington Capitals

April 5 @ Nashville Predators

April 8 @ St. Louis Blues

April 9 vs. Los Angeles Kings

April 11 vs. Edmonton Oilers

April 14 @ Dallas Stars

April 16 @ St. Louis Blues

April 17 vs. San Jose Sharks

April 19 @ Montreal Canadiens

April 21 vs. Vancouver Canucks

April 22 vs. Seattle Kraken

April 24 @ Nashville Predators

April 26 vs. Arizona Coyotes

April 28 vs. Calgary Flames

April 29 vs. Colorado Avalanche

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