On Monday, the NHL announced that it will return to the regular season in 2019-20 with a full slate of home games in 2019.
The new schedule will begin with four home games at the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Air Canada Centre in Toronto and the Vancouver Canucks’ Rogers Arena in Vancouver.
The schedule will end with two home games, a matchup against the Dallas Stars at Rogers Arena on March 23 and the home opener for the Philadelphia Flyers on April 15.
The schedule will be followed by three road games, one of which will be at the New York Islanders’ Nassau Coliseum on October 30.
The 2017-18 season will mark the NHL’s fourth year in the postseason, which will feature the teams from the Eastern Conference and Conference Finals, as well as the top two teams in each conference.
The league will also be holding the annual Stanley Cup Finals in 2021.
The 2019-2020 regular season will see the league schedule four games in the Western Conference, one in the Metropolitan Division, and two in the Central Division.
The teams will play at home on October 27 against the Washington Capitals and the Minnesota Wild, on November 10 against the San Jose Sharks and the Edmonton Oilers, and on December 17 against the Anaheim Ducks and the Dallas Mavericks.
The league’s 2023-24 season will be the first year in which the teams in the Conference Finals and the Stanley Cup Final will not be in the same city.
The Eastern Conference, however, will have one of its regular season games played in Dallas on November 11 against the Nashville Predators.
The 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs will feature four games played on December 16 against the New Jersey Devils and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The two Eastern Conference teams will face off in the Stanley Final on December 19.