The Chicago Blackhawks released their 2022-23 regular-season schedule Wednesday, giving fans a look at what the road to the Connor Bedard sweepstakes will look like.
With the Blackhawks finally accepting a rebuild, they're looking to contend next season for Bedard, the projected top overall pick in the 2023 NHL Draft, and not the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Blackhawks will play three or four games each against the seven other teams in the Central Division. Chicago will play four games each against the Arizona Coyotes, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, St. Louis Blues, and Winnipeg Jets. The Blackhawks will play three games each against the Colorado Avalanche (one home/two away) and Nashville Predators (two home/one away).
Chicago will also play three games against each of the eight teams in the Pacific Division and two games each against the 16 teams from the Eastern Conference.
Here are 10 key dates from the Blackhawks' schedule.
1. Oct. 12: Chicago at Colorado - Season Opener
The Blackhawks will start their season in Denver for a second straight season. This year, they'll be in the Mile High City when the Avalanche hoist their third Stanley Cup championship banner in franchise history.
2. Oct. 21: Detroit at Chicago - Home Opener
Chicago hosts longtime rival Detroit for its home opener.
3. Oct. 30: Chicago vs. Minnesota - Wisconsin
Dario Melendez of WISN in Milwaukee and Michael Russo of The Athletic reported last month that Chicago and Minnesota will play at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee. According to Russo, the Blackhawks will be the home team for the contest.
4. Nov. 25: Montreal at Chicago - Black Friday
Blackhawks head coach Luke Richardson will face his former team, Montreal, for the first time when Chicago hosts Montreal. The game will also be at the same time as when the United States plays England in group play in the Men's World Cup in Qatar.
5. Dec. 31: Chicago at Columbus - Seth Jones Returns
The Blackhawks split two games against the Blue Jackets in 2021-22, but Seth Jones did not play in Chicago's 4-2 win at Columbus. This year's game in Columbus will be Jones' first back in the Ohio capital city since he was traded to Chicago.
6. Jan. 1: San Jose at Chicago - New Year's Day
The Blackhawks are back to playing on New Year's Day, but this game will be indoors at the United Center.
7. Jan. 3: Tampa Bay at Chicago - Brandon Hagel Returns
The Blackhawks traded Hagel and two fourth-round picks (2022, 2024) to the Lightning for Taylor Raddysh, Boris Katchouk, and two first-round picks (2023, 2024) last March. Hagel played less than 100 games for Chicago, but quickly became a broadcaster fan favorite.
8. Jan. 1 to 17 - Longest Chicago Homestand
If you're so inclined to spend money to watch the Blackhawks in-person at the United Center, January is your best bet. The Blackhawks will play eight home games in January, including seven straight to start the month. The first two are listed above and the other six are below.
- Jan. 6: Arizona
- Jan. 8: Calgary
- Jan. 12: Colorado
- Jan. 14: Seattle
- Jan. 17: Buffalo
- Jan. 22: Los Angeles
9. April 11: Chicago at Pittsburgh - Road Finale
Chicago wraps up its road schedule against the Penguins.
10. April 13: Philadelphia at Chicago - Finale
The Blackhawks put a bow on another lackluster season when they host the Flyers.