The NHL released the 2021-22 schedule a few weeks ago but many wondered what time those games would start. Well, the Florida Panthers released their game start times for the upcoming season and it really isn’t earth shattering.
As has been the case for the past few seasons, most weeknight home games will start at 7 p.m. — unless national television were to force a move.
Florida will play most Saturday games at 6 p.m. although there are some afternoon games thrown in there (Jan. 1 against the Canadiens, for instance, will start at 1).
One of Florida’s final home games comes on April 23 and it’s on a Saturday. That game, against the Toronto Maple Leafs, will start at 7 to accommodate Hockey Night in Canada.
The Panthers’ final regular home game of the 2021-22 season is scheduled for April 24 against the Tampa Bay Lightning at 6 p.m.
Now, this schedule is not set in stone. Since the league created a big gap in scheduling for the Olympics (and may not go) there is a possibility games in the second half of the season could shift a bit.
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The Florida Panthers were already going to have a battle for their final roster spots and the addition of Joe Thornton on Friday only adds to that.
How will the Panthers line up when the 2021-22 season opens up two months from now?
I look at the potential lines Florida could roll out when the Penguins come to town on Oct. 14. (FHN)
AROUND THE NHL
The Winnipeg Jets announced that they will be honoring late Hall of Famer Dale Hawerchuk with a statue outside their arena.
Hawerchuk, who spent nine seasons with the original Jets, died last summer at the age of 57. (TSN)
— Jaromir Jagr planning to play on his 50th birthday is amazing, but also shows how incredible Gordie Howe was. (DHN)
— Speaking of the Avs, Adrian Dater opened up the mailbag and answered a bunch of questions. (CHN)
— Sammi Silber also opened up the Capitals mailbag. (WHN)
— The Penguins schedule now has times attached to it. (PHN)
— So do the Bruins. (BHN)
— Brent Burns is still pretty darned good. (SJHN)