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Jets’ 2021-22 Regular Season Schedule Announced

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Jets’ 2021-22 Regular Season Schedule Announced

The Winnipeg Jets – in conjunction with the National Hockey League – have announced the 82 dates, locations and opponents for the upcoming 2021-22 regular season. After teasing fans with the preseason calendar, which begins on September 26 and runs through October 8, the league finally dolled out the full schedules for all 32 clubs – yes, 32, the expansion Seattle Kraken included.

Beginning the season with a three-game road trip through Anaheim (October 14), San Jose (October 16) and Minnesota (October 19) the Jets will return home to play their first game at the newly rebranded Canada Life Centre on October 21 against the familiar Ducks.

Much unlike the 2020-21 season, Winnipeg will travel cross border and welcome opponents from all four divisions to the province. Back in the Central Division, the Jets will battle teams from their division 26 times – which includes the newly relocated Arizona Coyotes (Pacific Division) – while facing off against the remaining Western Conference teams 24 times. Winnipeg will travel to each Eastern Conference city once, while welcoming each team to town one time as well.

After only facing off against Canadian teams last year – including eight postseason matchups – the Jets will only see national rivals 15 times this year, as none of the other Canadian-based clubs fall within the Central Division. Only Edmonton will travel to Winnipeg twice, while all other Canadian teams will make one appearance at Canada Life Centre.

Jets fans will be forced to watch their team play the Kraken for the first time on the road, as Winnipeg makes its first appearance at Climate Pledge Arena on December 9. Seattle will travel to Manitoba for two games in January and April, however.

Winnipeg’s longest road trip of the season features five-straight dates away from Canada Life Centre from January 29 to February 27 – mind you, the Olympic Break (February 2-22) is within that date range.

“Obviously, if the Olympics are still a reality, they’re at least moving forward in that regard right now by putting some emphasis on that in the schedule,” Jets’ GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said on Thursday. “It’s a period of time where you have a big break. Going back to when we had the Olympics before, it was an interesting time for everybody not to have games in your market place for an extended period of time. The good thing for us is we’ll have Moose hockey playing during that time and a great opportunity for some people to keep their hockey fix, so to speak, going while the potential Olympics would be going on.”

The Jets own a seven-game homestand from November 2-16, to which the team will play seven different teams in just 15 days – more clubs then they battled during the entire 2020-21 abbreviated season and playoffs.

“It compresses things in a certain manner when you have those certain things, but we’ve just gone through a really compressed schedule,” Cheveldayoff added. “So it does get you back to a little bit more to the traditional time when you can have off days and the like. Of course it’s not perfect, there are always things that you would have liked to change. The NHL does their very best to listen to everybody’s problems, so to speak.”

Winnipeg will see 11 back-to-back matchups this season, while facing off against the Oilers in the only back-to-back of the season in mid-January in a home-and-home matchup. January and March feature 15 games apiece, while each of the other five months contain less games.

The full Winnipeg Jets 82-game schedule is listed below:

THURSDAY, OCT. 14

AT ANAHEIM

SATURDAY, OCT. 16

AT SAN JOSE

TUESDAY, OCT. 19

AT MINNESOTA

THURSDAY, OCT. 21

ANAHEIM

SATURDAY, OCT. 23

NASHVILLE

TUESDAY, OCT. 26

AT ANAHEIM

THURSDAY, OCT. 28

AT LOS ANGELES

SATURDAY, OCT. 30

AT SAN JOSE

TUESDAY, NOV. 2

DALLAS

FRIDAY, NOV. 5

CHICAGO

SATURDAY, NOV. 6

NY ISLANDERS

TUESDAY, NOV. 9

ST. LOUIS

THURSDAY, NOV. 11

SAN JOSE

SATURDAY, NOV. 13

LOS ANGELES

TUESDAY, NOV. 16

EDMONTON

THURSDAY, NOV. 18

AT EDMONTON

FRIDAY, NOV. 19

AT VANCOUVER

MONDAY, NOV. 22

PITTSBURGH

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 24

AT COLUMBUS

FRIDAY, NOV. 26

AT MINNESOTA

SATURDAY, NOV. 27

AT CALGARY

MONDAY, NOV. 29

ARIZONA

FRIDAY, DEC. 3

NEW JERSEY

SUNDAY, DEC. 5

TORONTO

TUESDAY, DEC. 7

CAROLINA

THURSDAY, DEC. 9

AT SEATTLE

FRIDAY, DEC. 10

AT VANCOUVER

TUESDAY, DEC. 14

BUFFALO

FRIDAY, DEC. 17

WASHINGTON

SUNDAY, DEC. 19

ST. LOUIS

TUESDAY, DEC. 21

AT NASHVILLE

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 22

AT DALLAS

MONDAY, DEC. 27

MINNESOTA

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 29

CHICAGO

FRIDAY, DEC. 31

AT CALGARY

SUNDAY, JAN. 2

AT VEGAS

TUESDAY, JAN. 4

AT ARIZONA

THUESDAY, JAN. 6

AT COLORADO

SATURDAY, JAN. 8

SEATTLE

MONDAY, JAN. 10

MINNESOTA

THURSDAY, JAN. 13

AT DETROIT

SATURDAY, JAN. 15

OTTAWA

SUNDAY, JAN. 16

EDMONTON

TUESDAY, JAN. 18

AT WASHINGTON

THURSDAY, JAN. 20

AT NASHVILLE

SATURDAY, JAN. 22

AT BOSTON

SUNDAY, JAN. 23

AT PITTSBURGH

TUESDAY, JAN. 25

FLORIDA

THURSDAY, JAN. 27

VANCOUVER

SATURDAY, JAN. 29

AT ST. LOUIS

TUESDAY, FEB. 1

AT PHILADELPHIA

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 23

AT DALLAS

FRIDAY, FEB. 25

AT COLORADO

SUNDAY, FEB. 27

AT ARIZONA

TUESDAY, MAR. 1

MONTREAL

FRIDAY, MAR. 4

DALLAS

SUNDAY, MAR. 6

NY RANGERS

TUESDAY, MAR. 8

TAMPA BAY

THURSDAY, MAR. 10

AT NEW JERSEY

FRIDAY, MAR. 11

AT NY ISLANDERS

SUNDAY, MAR. 13

AT ST. LOUIS

TUESDAY, MAR. 15

VEGAS

FRIDAY, MAR. 18

BOSTON

SUNDAY, MAR. 20

AT CHICAGO

TUESDAY, MAR. 22

VEGAS

FRIDAY, MAR. 25

COLUMBUS

SUNDAY, MAR. 27

ARIZONA

WEDNESDAY, MAR. 30

AT BUFFALO

THURSDAY, MAR. 31

AT TORONTO

SATURDAY, APR. 2

LOS ANGELES

WEDNESDAY, APR. 6

DETROIT

FRIDAY, APR. 8

COLORADO

SUNDAY, APR. 10

AT OTTAWA

MONDAY, APR. 11

AT MONTREAL

WEDNESDAY, APR. 13

SEATTLE

FRIDAY, APR. 15

AT FLORIDA

SATURDAY, APR. 16

AT TAMPA BAY

TUESDAY, APR. 19

AT NY RANGERS

THURSDAY, APR. 21

AT CAROLINA

SUNDAY, APR. 24

COLORADO

WEDNESDAY, APR. 27

PHILADELPHIA

FRIDAY, APR. 29

CALGARY

 

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com.

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