When does the NHL season start for 2019-20? Schedule of opening games for all 31 teams

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When does the NHL season start for 2019-20? Hockey fans should brace themselves, because it's almost here.

Preseason action has been exciting, with many players making an impact at training camp and doing what they can to prove their worth to their respective clubs.

A lot of teams are also expected to impress after impressive offseasons; Jack Hughes and P.K. Subban are bringing more depth to the New Jersey Devils, the New York Rangers have high-scoring wingers now in Kaapo Kakko and Artemi Panarin, the Florida Panthers have Sergei Bobrovsky between the pipes and the Vancouver Canucks got stronger on defense.

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Here's everything you need to know about the NHL's 2019-20 season openers, including the start date and TV schedules for all 31 teams.

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When does the NHL season start?

  • Date: Wednesday, Oct. 2

The regular season kicks off on Oct. 2, and the NHL has an exciting slate lined up for opening night.

First off, the defending Stanley Cup champion Blues will get to raise their banners against an interesting opponent: the Capitals, who hoisted the Cup just a year prior. It was both team's first title in franchise history.

Washington will be without Evgeny Kuznetsov for their season opener, as he's serving a three-game suspension for "inappropriate conduct" after testing positive for cocaine during the IIHF World Championship in May.

Another playoff rematch is also in the works on opening night with the Golden Knights getting a rematch against the Sharks. In Game 7 of the first round of the 2019 playoffs, the Sharks were down 3-0 halfway through the third period, when Cody Eakin received a controversial major penalty that led San Jose to score four straight power-play goals. Ultimately, they won in overtime, eliminating Vegas, who made the Cup Final in their first season in 2017-18.

The Maple Leafs will also see familiar faces in their season opener against the Senators, with former assistant coach D.J. Smith serving as the Ottawa's bench boss and Ron Hainsey, Tyler Ennis and Nikita Zaitsev suiting up for the Sens.

NHL TV schedule for 2019 opening night

Time (ET)

Matchup

TV channel

7 p.m.

Senators vs. Maple Leafs

Sportsnet

8 p.m.

Capitals vs. Blues

NBCSN

10 p.m.

Canucks vs. Oilers

Sportsnet

10:30 p.m.

Sharks vs. Golden Knights

NBCSN

NHL schedule for 2019-20

Minnesota Wild: Thursday, Oct. 3 at Predators (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN)

Here a list of the season openers for all 31 teams as well as start times and TV channels.

Anaheim Ducks: Thursday, Oct. 3 vs. Coyotes (10 p.m. ET, PRIME, FS-A, FS-A PLUS)

Arizona Coyotes: Thursday, Oct. 3 at Ducks (10 p.m. ET, PRIME, FS-A, FS-A PLUS)

Boston Bruins: Thursday, Oct. 3 at Stars (8:30 p.m. ET, FS-SW, NESN)

Buffalo Sabres: Thursday, Oct. 3 at Penguins (7 p.m. ET, ATTSN-PT)

Calgary Flames: Wednesday, Oct. 3 at Avalanche (9 p.m., ALT, SNW)

Carolina Hurricanes: Thursday, Oct. 3 vs. Canadiens (7 p.m. ET, TSN2, RDS)

Chicago Blackhawks: Friday, Oct. 4 at Flyers (2 p.m. ET, NBCSP)

Colorado Avalanche: Thursday, Oct. 3 vs. Flames (9 p.m., ALT, SNW)

Columbus Blue Jackets: Friday, Oct. 4 vs. Maple Leafs (7 p.m. ET, TSN4)

Dallas Stars: Thursday, Oct. 3 vs. Bruins (8:30 p.m. ET, FS-SW, NESN)

Detroit Red Wings: Saturday, Oct. 5 at Predators (8 p.m. ET, FS-D)

Edmonton Oilers: Wednesday, Oct. 2 vs. Canucks (10 p.m. ET, SN)

Florida Panthers: Thursday, Oct. 3 at Lightning (7 p.m. ET, SUN, FS-F)

Los Angeles Kings: Saturday, Oct. 5 at Oilers (10 p.m. ET, HNIC, FS-W)

Minnesota Wild: Thursday, Oct. 3 at Predators (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN)

Montreal Canadiens: Thursday, Oct. 3 at Hurricanes (7 p.m. ET, TSN2, RDS)

Nashville Predators: Thursday, Oct. 2 vs. Wild (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN)

New Jersey Devils: Friday, Oct. 4 vs. Jets (7 p.m. ET, TSN3)

New York Islanders: Friday, Oct. 4 vs. Capitals (7 p.m. ET, NBCSWA)

New York Rangers: Thursday, Oct. 4 vs. Jets (7 p.m. ET, MSG, TSN3)

Ottawa Senators: Wednesday, Oct. 2 at Maple Leafs (7 p.m. ET, SN)

Philadelphia Flyers: Friday, Oct. 4 vs. Blackhawks (2 p.m. ET, NBCSP)

Pittsburgh Penguins: Thursday, Oct. 3 vs. Sabres (7 p.m. ET, ATTSN-PT)

St. Louis Blues: Wednesday, Oct. 2 vs. Capitals (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN)

San Jose Sharks: Wednesday, Oct. 2 at Golden Knights (10:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN)

Tampa Bay Lightning: Thursday, Oct. 3 vs. Panthers (7 p.m. ET, SUN, FS-F)

Toronto Maple Leafs: Wednesday, Oct. 2 vs. Senators (7 p.m. ET, SN)

Vancouver Canucks: Wednesday, Oct. 2 at Oilers (10 p.m. ET, SN)

Vegas Golden Knights: Wednesday, Oct. 2 vs. Sharks (10:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN)

Washington Capitals: Wednesday, Oct. 2 at Blues (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN)

Winnipeg Jets: Thursday, Oct. 3 at Rangers (7 p.m. ET, MSG, TSN3)

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