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2021 Official NHL Regular Season Thread - 100% Inter-Divisional Play Edition





NHL 2021 season update: Schedule, divisions, playoff format, COVID-19 protocols and more



When will the season begin?
Training camps will begin on Jan. 3, though the seven teams that did not qualify for the 2020 postseason are allowed to open camp on Dec. 31. Teams are able to invite 36 skaters and an unlimited number of goalies to camp.

Over the past several weeks, players have been migrating from their offseason homes to playing cities; that includes several players (like Toronto's Joe Thornton) who had been playing for European teams to stay sharp during the extended pause. There are still some players who need to travel back -- and potentially serve quarantines before getting on the ice, depending on local restrictions. According to the agreement, those players would receive per diems as they quarantine.

Because of the condensed schedule, there won't be any preseason games. Jumping straight into game action could mean we get some wonky upsets the first couple of weeks, but hey, nothing could be wonkier than 2020. The NHL says it will release full schedules "in the coming days."

What does the divisional realignment look like?
Here are the new divisions:

North: Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets, Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks
East: Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals
Central: Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Dallas Stars, Nashville Predators, Tampa Bay Lightning
West: Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche, Minnesota Wild, Los Angeles Kings, Vegas Golden Knights, San Jose Sharks, St. Louis Blues

As you can see, the NHL opted not to get too creative with names -- fans will inevitably call the all-Canadian group the #WeTheNorth Division, borrowing from the NBA's Toronto Raptors.

All teams will play only divisional opponents in the regular season. Teams in the North division will play each other nine or 10 times, while everyone else will face their divisional opponents eight times.

The realignment was necessitated by the Canadian border remaining closed to nonessential business, the same reason why the Raptors are beginning their season in Tampa, Florida. But there's an added benefit, too: The NHL shifting exclusively to intradivisional play for this season also minimizes travel, which helps reduce costs, as well as potential spread of the virus.

What will the playoffs look like?

The regular season will wrap up on May 8 and then the league will return to a 16-team, best-of-seven, four-round playoff format. Four teams from each division will qualify for the playoffs.

The first two rounds will be intradvisional play. Then, the four division winners will advance to the semifinals, reseeded based on their regular-season point totals (No. 1 would play No. 4, No. 2 would play No. 3). The two semifinal teams will play in the Stanley Cup Final -- and if you've been following along, that means it's not necessarily going to be an Eastern Conference team versus a Western Conference team competing for the Cup. Bring on the chaos!

The Stanley Cup should be awarded around mid-July.
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Blues intra-squad scrimmage was today.

BLUES WIN!!!



I knew the Blues would play well, but I was really impressed how the Blues faired against the Blues.
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Mike Milbury is out after 14 years as a broadcaster with NBC Sports.

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One rule change for this year is in regards to being onside, the player's skate now only has to be on the plane of the blue line; the skate itself does not have to be on the ice. This is a welcome change.
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One rule change for this year is in regards to being onside, the player's skate now only has to be on the plane of the blue line; the skate itself does not have to be on the ice. This is a welcome change.
Yeah, that should help, at least a bit, with some of those painfully long challenges that suck the life out of the game.
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You'd think the banks would forgive loans to Sharks, you know as a professional courtesy.

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The NHL has approved the plans for those two outdoor games in Lake Tahoe, NV. Feb 20 Avs vs Knights, Feb 21 Bruins vs Flyers.

Here's Colorado's Pierre Eduard Bellmare having his dreams crushed by Andre Burakovsky by finding out it's being played on a golf course, not a lake

(Pierre is my NP's close friend, who gave me a VGK team autographed jersey in 2018 and the Playoff hockey stick I posted on Christmas)
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Mike Milbury is out after 14 years as a broadcaster with NBC Sports.
Good. I always thought he was an asshole.
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Season starts tonight! Really hoping they'll manage to get the entire schedule in, but without the bubble to protect them like last season, I have my doubts. As was mentioned in the off season thread, the first 3 Stars' games are being postponed.
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The Hawks are going to suck this year, but ready to watch them and ready for the season to start
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Go Habs, let's go beat on the Leafs.
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Just got an e-mail from AHL.TV .

Full regular season (all games) will cost 45 dollars.

I was thinking about not renewing but might keep it for the upcoming season.
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Just got an e-mail from AHL.TV .

Full regular season (all games) will cost 45 dollars.

I was thinking about not renewing but might keep it for the upcoming season.
Might as well. I mean it's not like you have any other content to stream at home, am I right?
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I knew the Blues would play well, but I was really impressed how the Blues faired against the Blues.
Did they play Laura Branigan after the win?
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Go Habs, let's go beat on the Leafs.
Go Leafs!
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Might as well. I mean it's not like you have any other content to stream at home, am I right?
Not much in sports to stream.
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Go Leafs!
For once I want to watch hockey, I realized I have no channels showing hockey.

I'll call tomorrow to have Rogers Sportsnet added.
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For once I want to watch hockey, I realized I have no channels showing hockey.

I'll call tomorrow to have Rogers Sportsnet added.
I thought it may have been on CBC, but nope.

You're missing a good game.
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Sucky opener for the Pens. But Crosby’s goal was amazing:

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I thought it may have been on CBC, but nope.

You're missing a good game.
I thought CBC only has games on Saturday night(HNIC) and I don't even live in Canada.
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I thought CBC only has games on Saturday night(HNIC) and I don't even live in Canada.
Generally, that's true, along with playoff games.

As messed up as everything is this season, it was wishful thinking that they would have the opening night game.
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Yeah, I checked CBC but it ain't Saturday so I didn't have much hope. Watched the game summary on YT, looked like a good game! That division should be competitive (except for the Sens?).
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Congrats to Mark Stone on being selected the first Captain in Golden Knights history. They have brought two other teams' captains onto their roster now (Pacioretty and Pietrangelo), but Stone was the right choice here. He's been the leader since he arrived and a budding superstar.


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The good news: the Kings have the top ranked farm system and look great for the future.

The bad news: it’s not the future.
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Golden Knights debut their gold unis tonight.




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