NHL 2022-23 slate opens with two games in Prague

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Stanley Cup finalists the Colorado Avalanche and Tampa Bay Lightning will face off twice in six days in February, one of the highlights of the 2022-23 NHL schedule released Wednesday.

The Avalanche won their third Stanley Cup by beating the Lightning in six games. The teams will play Feb. 9 in Tampa before meeting Feb. 14 in Denver.

The Avalanche will raise their championship banner on October 12 when they host the Chicago Blackhawks.

The season kicks off with the NHL Global Series on October 7-8 in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. The Nashville Predators and the San Jose Sharks will meet in two games, the NHL’s first in Europe since 2019.

Games in North America begin Oct. 11 with the Lightning visiting the New York Rangers and the Vegas Golden Knights playing the Los Angeles Kings. The Lightning beat the Rangers in six games in the Eastern Conference Finals last season.

The World Series will also feature games in Tampere, Finland on November 4-5 between the Avalanche and the Columbus Blue Jackets.

On November 25, the Thanksgiving Showdown doubleheader hits theaters. The Pittsburgh Penguins visit the Philadelphia Flyers, while the St. Louis Blues play in Tampa Bay, a day after the late November holidays.

On December 5, new Vegas coach Bruce Cassidy returned to Boston to coach against the Bruins. Cassidy guided Boston to the 2019 Stanley Cup Finals before losing to the Blues in seven games.

A day later, Paul Maurice returned to Winnipeg to coach the Florida Panthers. Maurice won a franchise-record 315 games in nine seasons with the Jets.

The Outdoor Winter Classic will take place at famed Fenway Park on Jan. 2 when the Bruins host the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The NHL All-Star Game takes place Feb. 4 in Sunrise, Fla., home of the Florida Panthers. The All-Star Skills competition will take place on February 3.

On February 18, an outdoor Stadium Series game will be played at Carter-Finley Stadium on the North Carolina State campus in Raleigh. The Carolina Hurricanes will host the Washington Capitals.

The regular season ends April 13 with 15 games.

–Field level media

Berta D. Wells