The 2021 NHL season is finally here but this year’s format looks a little bit different as each of the league’s 31 teams will play a condensed, 56-game schedule (868 total regular season games) competing in four realigned divisions as part of the NHL’s effort to limit travel during the pandemic.
What are the key dates to know?
*Subject to change
Jan. 13 – Start of regular season
Apr. 12 – Trade deadline (3pm ET)
May 8* – Final day of regular season
July 9* – Last possible day of Stanley Cup Final
July 21 – Seattle Kraken expansion draft
July 23-24 – NHL Draft
July 28 – Free agent signing period begins