The Boston Bruins already had dates. But now they have times, too, as on Friday the NHL released the league’s full 2021-22 schedule with start times.
For the Bruins, the party will begin with a Saturday night home opener against the Dallas Stars, and will end about six and a half months later with a Friday night battle against the Toronto Maple Leafs for Game No. 82.
One noticeable trend with this schedule: The lack of day games. The Bruins will have just two of those 12:30 p.m. games that were a staple of the NHL on NBC era, and will have just seven games beginning at 1 p.m. or earlier. This change likely comes with Turner and ESPN looking to put the NHL in the best position to succeed from a ratings standpoint, or perhaps players are just sick of 1 p.m. puck-drops and made it known to the NHL entering the 2021-22 season.
Another noteworthy element of this schedule will of course be a light February that features just four games in total. That comes with the NHL expected to participate in the 2022 Beijing Olympics, which would be their first involvement in an Olympics since Sochi in 2014.
The complete schedule goes as follows, with all times listed in Eastern Time…
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