NHL 2022-23: When does the new ice hockey season start?

NHL 2022-23: When does the new ice hockey season start?

The NHL 2022-23 season is preparing to drop the puck. The ice hockey season is ready for training camp, preseason, and then the 82-game NHL campaign. 

The Colorado Avalanche ended the Tampa Bay Lightning’s dynasty last season in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Avs claimed four games to two games win in the best-of-seven series.

The NHL 2022-23 season is fast approaching with the campaign beginning in October. Before the puck drops on opening night, preseason games will be played in late September.

Ice hockey fans and bettors are getting excited for the new season and here is everything we know for the NHL 2022-23 season.

When does the NHL 2022-23 season start?

  • Date: Friday, Oct. 7
  • Game: San Jose Sharks vs. Nashville Predators

The opening game of the NHL 2022-23 season will be played in Europe. Yes, that is correct. The NHL will begin the campaign with the  Global Series.

The Global Series will start in Prague, Czech Republic with the Sharks and the Predators playing back-to-back nights on October 7 and 8.

The season won’t start in North America until the next Tuesday. Yes, the campaign will begin in the United States and Canada on Tuesday, October 11.

Two games will be played on opening night in North America as The New York Rangers play the Tampa Bay Lightning, and The LA Kings visit the Vegas Golden Knights.

The NHL’s regular season will finish on April 13, 2023, with 15 games being played on the day.

How will the NHL 2022-23 season play out?

The NHL 2022-23 season will see each team play up to four games against its divisional rivals. In some cases, teams may only play three times against their divisional rivals.

Teams will also play three games against the eight teams in the other divisions in their conference. Finally, teams will play two games each versus the 16 teams in the opposite conference.

NHL 2022-23 key dates

Some of the key dates for the upcoming NHL season include:

  • Preseason opening night: Saturday, September 24
  • Opening night: Sharks vs. Predators Global Series in Prague, Czech Republic October 7
  • Opening night in North America October 11
  • The 2023 NHL Winter Classic: Bruins vs. Pittsburgh Penguins at Fenway Park in Boston, on Jan. 2
  • The Florida Panthers will host the 2023 NHL All-Star Weekend at FLA Live Arena, on Feb 3 and 4
  • The 2023 NHL Stadium Series: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Washington Capitals at Carter-Finley Stadium on the campus of North Carolina State University on Feb 18
  • The NHL’s regular season will finish on April 13, 2023, with 15 games being played on the day.
  • Playoffs will begin shortly after the regular season ends. The NHL will release the dates late in the league.

NHL 2022-23 Stanley Cup Outright Winner Odds

2022-23 NHL Stanley Cup Odds
Team Current Odds
Colorado Avalanche +400
Toronto Maple Leafs +850
Florida Panthers +900
Carolina Hurricanes +1000
Tampa Bay Lightning +1200
Edmonton Oilers +1400
New York Rangers +1800
Pittsburgh Penguins +1800
Calgary Flames +2000
Minnesota Wild +2000
Vegas Golden Knights +2000
Los Angeles Kings +3300
Boston Bruins +3500
Nashville Predators +3500
St. Louis Blues +4000
Washington Capitals +4000
Dallas Stars +4500
New York Islanders +4500
New Jersey Devils +5000
Ottawa Senators +5000
Vancouver Canucks +5000
Detroit Red Wings +6000
Winnipeg Jets +6000
Columbus Blue Jackets +10000
Seattle Kraken +10000
Anaheim Ducks +15000
Buffalo Sabres +15000
Philadelphia Flyers +15000
San Jose Sharks +17500
Montreal Canadiens +20000
Arizona Coyotes +100000
Chicago Blackhawks +100000

Odds courtesy of Bovada

Who’s the favorite to win the NHL 2022-23 Stanley Cup?

The Colorado Avalanche are bookies’ favorite to win the Stanley Cup for a second straight season. The team has been kept nearly intact with only a few alterations to it.

Goalie Darcy Kuemper (2.51 GAA, .921 SV%) left the Avs for the Washington Capitals as a free agent. Colorado general manager Joe Sakic plans to replace Kuemper with goalie Alexandar Georgiev (2.92 GAA, .898 SV%) and Pavel Francouz (2.54 GAA, .916 SV%). The idea is to split time between the two shot-stoppers.

The Avs will get plenty of backing from bookies. Of course, Canadian teams such as the Toronto Maple Leafs will get love too. The Maple Leafs are always hyped at the start of the season, but playoff runs have been few and far between for Toronto over the years.

A Canadian team has not won the NHL Stanley Cup Finals since 1992-93. The Montreal Canadians were the last club to do it.

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