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Here’s the Golden Knights 2021-22 schedule

Updated July 22, 2021 - 5:44 pm

The Golden Knights will help the NHL kick off the 2021-22 season, which will look a lot more normal than last year’s.

The Knights will host the Seattle Kraken on Oct. 12 as part of a season-opening doubleheader on ESPN, the network announced Thursday. Back-to-back champion Tampa Bay will host Pittsburgh earlier the same night.

After that, the Knights will play 81 more regular-season games in a schedule — released by the league Thursday — that looks similar to the ones they had pre-pandemic. They will face every team in the NHL. They will play each team in the Pacific Division between three and four times.

They will bounce around more; the “series-style” scheduling they had last year is mostly gone. They will get much closer to a typical calendar after last year’s condensed, division-only one.

“This year, I think you’re going to find there’s a lot more things that are working their way back towards normal times,” general manager Kelly McCrimmon said.

Highlights of the schedule include Nevada Day and New Year’s Eve matchups against the Anaheim Ducks, a Nov. 6 rematch with the Montreal Canadiens in Bell Centre and the 2022 All-Star Weekend at T-Mobile Arena on Feb. 4-5. The 2022 NFL Pro Bowl will be Feb. 6 at Allegiant Stadium.

The Knights and Raiders will play in Las Vegas on the same day twice: Oct. 24 and Dec. 5.

The NHL calendar has an Olympic break soon after All-Star Weekend from Feb. 7-22, but it remains to be seen whether it will be used. The league and players association are negotiating with the International Ice Hockey Federation over player participation in the 2022 Beijing Games. A revised schedule will be sent out if a deal is not struck.

The Knights’ regular season will conclude April 29. They will play on back-to-back days 13 times, have two season-long six-game homestands and one season-long five-game road trip. The Knights will also be on national TV on Oct. 20 when they host the St. Louis Blues on TNT.

Broadcast information for their remaining games and times for all games will be released at a later date.

The Knights previously announced their seven-game preseason schedule Tuesday. Training camp will begin Sept. 22.

Contact Ben Gotz at bgotz@reviewjournal.com. Follow @BenSGotz on Twitter.

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