The NHL and NHLPA have agreed on a return to play plan for the 2021 season. The 56-game campaign will begin on Wednesday, January 13th with intradivision matchups only. Here’s a look at the new divisions:
The Blackhawks will play in a Central Division that includes several teams that previously resided in the Eastern Conference. The Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Detroit Red Wings will join the new-look Central Division.
Renewing the rivalry with the Red Wings certainly jumps off the page given the history between the two clubs, but the Blackhawks will have much tougher tests when facing the likes of Tampa Bay and Carolina.
While a game-by-game schedule has not come to light just yet, an outline of significant dates surfaced earlier today. As of this moment, hockey fans can look forward to training camps beginning as the calendar turns to the new year with opening night following a couple weeks later on Wednesday, January 13th.