NHL Hockey Returns Today, Red Wings Opener Thursday

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Fenton, MI — January 13, 2021

Hockey fans rejoice. The NHL returns to action today. After last season’s Stanley Cup playoffs extended late into September the league took a few months off to allow the athletes to rest and reset.

56-Game Season

The late start for the 2021 season means the league will play a 56 game season. Due to the continuing pandemic, changes were also necessary to division alignment and team schedules.

Canadian teams would have encountered difficulties entering the U.S. and returning to Canada. The newly aligned North Division features those teams north of the border. (Team profile links courtesy of CBS Sports).

North

The East Division is really Northeast with Buffalo and Pittsburg being the Westernmost teams and Washington the club farthest South.

East

The Red Wings will play in the Central Division. The only “Original Six” team in Detroit’s division are the Chicago Blackhawks. They will have to face the Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning and Cup finalist Dallas Stars eight times each. Regular season games will only feature in-division opponents to minimize travel in accordance with the border crossing restrictions.

Central

The West Division consists of teams west of the Rockies as well as the Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues.

West

The regular season ends on May 8th and the last possible date for the Stanley Cup’s final game would be July 15th.

Detroit Red Wings

The Red Wings are still on the rebound going through a rebuilding phase. Playing in the talent-heavy Central Division, it will take a significant improvement on last year’s winning percentage to escape the division’s lower tier.

Detroit opens the season at home with back-to-back games against the Carolina Hurricanes on Jan 14 and Jan 16. Then host a pair of contests against the Columbus Blue Jackets before heading out on the road to face Chicago. Their season closes May 8th on the road against Colombus.

Lasco Press Photo

Early season games at Little Ceasars Arena will be played without fans until COVID restrictions are lifted. Ok, we will watch on television, for now, let’s drop the puck and get back to playing hockey.

2021 Red Wings Schedule

Thursday, January 14, 2021 Vs Carolina 7:30 PM Little Caesars Arena
Saturday, January 16, 2021 Vs Carolina 7:00 PM Little Caesars Arena
Monday, January 18, 2021 Vs Columbus 12:00 PM Little Caesars Arena
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 Vs Columbus 7:30 PM Little Caesars Arena
Friday, January 22, 2021 @ Chicago 8:00 PM United Center
Sunday, January 24, 2021 @ Chicago 12:30:00 United Center
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 @ Dallas 8:30 PM American Airlines Center
Thursday, January 28, 2021 @ Dallas 8:30 PM American Airlines Center
Saturday, January 30, 2021 Vs Florida 7:00 PM Little Caesars Arena
Sunday, January 31, 2021 Vs Florida 5:00 PM Little Caesars Arena
Wednesday, February 03, 2021 @ Tampa Bay 5:30 PM Amalie Arena
Friday, February 05, 2021 @ Tampa Bay 7:00 PM Amalie Arena
Sunday, February 07, 2021 @ Florida 3:00 PM BB&T Center
Tuesday, February 09, 2021 @ Florida 7:00 PM BB&T Center
Thursday, February 11, 2021 @ Nashville 8:00 PM Bridgestone Arena
Saturday, February 13, 2021 @ Nashville 8:00 PM Bridgestone Arena
Monday, February 15, 2021 Vs Chicago 7:30 PM Little Caesars Arena
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 Vs Chicago 19:30:00 Little Caesars Arena
Friday, February 19, 2021 Vs Florida 7:30 PM Little Caesars Arena
Sunday, February 21, 2021 Vs Florida 19:00:00 Little Caesars Arena
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 Vs Nashville 7:30 PM Little Caesars Arena
Thursday, February 25, 2021 Vs Nashville 7:30 PM Little Caesars Arena
Saturday, February 27, 2021 @ Chicago 8:00 PM United Center
Sunday, February 28, 2021 @ Chicago 19:00:00 United Center
Tuesday, March 02, 2021 @ Columbus 7:00 PM Nationwide Arena
Thursday, March 04, 2021 @ Carolina 7:00 PM PNC Arena
Tuesday, March 09, 2021 Vs Tampa Bay 7:30 PM Little Caesars Arena
Thursday, March 11, 2021 Vs Tampa Bay 7:30 PM Little Caesars Arena
Sunday, March 14, 2021 Vs Carolina 5:00 PM Little Caesars Arena
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 Vs Carolina 7:30 PM Little Caesars Arena
Thursday, March 18, 2021 Vs Dallas 7:30 PM Little Caesars Arena
Saturday, March 20, 2021 Vs Dallas 7:00 PM Little Caesars Arena
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 @ Nashville 8:00 PM Bridgestone Arena
Thursday, March 25, 2021 @ Nashville 8:00 PM Bridgestone Arena
Saturday, March 27, 2021 Vs Columbus 3:00 PM Little Caesars Arena
Sunday, March 28, 2021 Vs Columbus 3:00 PM Little Caesars Arena
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 @ Florida 7:00 PM BB&T Center
Thursday, April 01, 2021 @ Florida 7:00 PM BB&T Center
Saturday, April 03, 2021 @ Tampa Bay 1:00 PM Amalie Arena
Sunday, April 04, 2021 @ Tampa Bay 12:00:00 Amalie Arena
Tuesday, April 06, 2021 Vs Nashville 7:30 PM Little Caesars Arena
Thursday, April 08, 2021 Vs Nashville 7:30 PM Little Caesars Arena
Saturday, April 10, 2021 @ Carolina 7:00 PM PNC Arena
Monday, April 12, 2021 @ Carolina 7:00 PM PNC Arena
Thursday, April 15, 2021 Vs Chicago 7:30 PM Little Caesars Arena
Saturday, April 17, 2021 Vs Chicago 7:00 PM Little Caesars Arena
Monday, April 19, 2021 @ Dallas 7:30 PM American Airlines Center
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 @ Dallas 8:30 PM American Airlines Center
Thursday, April 22, 2021 Vs Dallas 7:30 PM Little Caesars Arena
Saturday, April 24, 2021 Vs Dallas 7:00 PM Little Caesars Arena
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 @ Columbus 7:00 PM Nationwide Arena
Thursday, April 29, 2021 @ Carolina 7:00 PM PNC Arena
Saturday, May 01, 2021 Vs Tampa Bay 3:00 PM Little Caesars Arena
Sunday, May 02, 2021 Vs Tampa Bay 15:00:00 Little Caesars Arena
Friday, May 07, 2021 @ Columbus 7:00 PM Nationwide Arena
Saturday, May 08, 2021 @ Columbus 7:00 PM Nationwide Arena