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NHL announces 2014 preseason schedule

Aug 19, 2014, 2:37 PM EST

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On what turned out to be a pretty busy Tuesday, the NHL announced its full schedule for the 2014 preseason.

From the league:

Highlighting the 15-day, 105-game slate is the 2014 Kraft Hockeyville game from Sylvan Lake, Alta., on Wednesday, Sept. 24. The people of Sylvan Lake, winners of the Canada-wide Kraft Hockeyville competition, will celebrate the grand prize when the Arizona Coyotes and Calgary Flames visit their community and face off at the Sylvan Lake Multiplex. The game will be broadcast live on CBC in Canada and NHL Network in the United States at 7 p.m., ET/5 p.m., MT.

Preseason games also are scheduled in Bridgeport, Conn. (Boston vs. NY Islanders, Oct. 3); Brooklyn, N.Y. (New Jersey vs. NY Islanders, Sept. 26); Colorado Springs, Colo. (Colorado vs. Los Angeles, Oct. 2); Kansas City, Mo. (Dallas vs. St. Louis, Sept. 27); Las Vegas, Nev. (Colorado vs. Los Angeles, Oct. 4); London, Ont. (Philadelphia vs. Toronto, Sept. 22); Quebec City, Que. (Colorado vs. Montreal, Sept. 26); St. John’s, Nfld. (NY Islanders vs. Ottawa split-squad doubleheader, Sept. 22); Saskatoon, Sask. (Chicago vs. Edmonton, Sept. 28) and Stockton, Calif. (San Jose vs. Vancouver, Sept. 23).

The preseason will officially get underway on Sept. 21 — yes, just 33 days from now — with five games on the slate. Well, sort of a five-game slate — Columbus will utilize a split squad (one will host St. Louis, the other will play in Carolina), while the Oilers and Flames will both ice split squads for simultaneous games in Edmonton and Calgary. But hey, it’s still five games!

The exhibition campaign will wrap up on Sunday, Oct. 5 when the ‘Canes travel to Washington to take on the Capitals. The regular season will open three nights later, on Oct. 8.

  1. ibieiniid - Aug 19, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    wait, how often do they have preseason games in Vegas? should I be reading into that just a little bit?

    • ibieiniid - Aug 19, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      nvm, seeing stuff from at least 2012. carry on.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 19, 2014 at 3:32 PM

      They also have games in other potential cities – KC, QC..

      • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 19, 2014 at 3:34 PM

        May be a test of how supportive potential cities are.

    • jernster21 - Aug 20, 2014 at 4:53 PM

      The Kings have hosted the Frozen Fury in Vegas since 1997, facing the Avalanche every year except two in which they faced the Sharks and Coyotes. I went for the first time last year when they hosted the Rangers and Avs and have tickets again this year; it’s a good time.

  2. penguins87and71 - Aug 19, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Yawn. I can’t stand exhibition sporting events. So boring.

    • hockey412 - Aug 19, 2014 at 4:11 PM

      What are you saying?

      There’s a hell of a lot more effort shown in preseason from kids trying to make the team than there is at the end of the year from teams that have already made the playoffs.

      At this point I’d settle for watching a pee wee team practice.

    • cheliostwin - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:51 PM

      I know Red Wings fans will be eager to see Anthony Mantha try to impress Babcock enough to make the team. Both Holland and Babcock have said there is a small chance that Mantha could start the season with the Red Wings instead of Grand Rapids in the AHL. It all depends on how well he plays in the exhibition games. Red Wings fans are eager to see Mantha because of the splash he made in last season’s juniior league he played in, where he scored 82 goals in 82 games.

      • dueman - Aug 20, 2014 at 1:05 PM

        Dude, it wasn’t 82 goals in 82 games in junior. Last year he scored 57 goals in 57 games. Still very good, but don’t read too much into that because he did that playing in the QMJHL. The Q is notorious for being a very high scoring league. You ever heard of Pierre Dagenais? In his last year in the Q he scored 66 goals in 60 games, with 133 points. Although he played a hand full of NHL games, he was a career AHL’er. I’m not telling you not to be excited about the kid, but just don’t expect him to be Wayne Gretzky is all. A lot of times guys don’t transition well from the QMJHL to the NHL…just look at Mikhail Grigorenko as an example of that.

  3. jpelle82 - Aug 19, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    cant wait for october

  4. bullwinkle88 - Aug 19, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    The sports season does not begin until they drop the puck!

    • ibieiniid - Aug 19, 2014 at 3:37 PM

      what does this mean?

  5. billiam55 - Aug 19, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    how about we just start the season on sept 21st instead.

    • ibieiniid - Aug 19, 2014 at 3:36 PM

      August*

    • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 19, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      There is definately a need for most clubs to get a look at players on the bubbles – coming up or not, being traded, being waived. I’m hoping that for a perfect result for the Hawks. Rozival and Versteeg took better than expected and some other teams have needs, and poof the cap issue is gone as theyare traded for picks.

      • hockey412 - Aug 19, 2014 at 4:09 PM

        I agree – I love preseason.

  6. wutangwild - Aug 19, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    LessssGO! Hoping to go to the final Wild preseason game vs the Blues. Just gotta figure out how to sneak booze into the X…

  7. pigpen1013 - Aug 19, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    I couldn’t agree more, Hockey412. I’ve been losing my mind since the final whistle blew in the playoffs.

  8. irishhockey84 - Aug 20, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Can’t wait. Favorite time of year, plus the regular season starts on my birthday.

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