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A quick look at some of the games you might want to highlight on your calendar

by Amanda Stein amandacstein / NewJerseyDevils.com

There's always excitement when the NHL releases the schedule for the upcoming season and there are dates to look forward to and you can start your countdown to opening night. But sprinkled throughout the schedule are all kind of highlighted games. There's the obvious in facing a rival for the first time and figuring out which road trip you might want to take, or maybe its circling the calendar where your favorite player from an opposing team (yes, it's possible!) comes to down. 

We scoured the Devils 2021-22 regular-season schedule to help you out and highlight a few games you might want to get out that pen and circle. The NHL today announced the start times for games, which can be found here

Oct. 19, 2021

Seattle at New Jersey 

Right off the bat the Devils will play their first game against the Kraken when New Jersey hosts Seattle on Oct. 19, 2021. It's just the second game of the Devils regular season, and the Kraken lineup could feature two former Devils. 

Both Nate Bastian (Expansion Draft) and Connor Carrick (Free Agency) have joined the newly minted franchise and could be on the ice in October. It will certainly be something to see Bastian line up against long-time friend Mike McLeod for the first time at the NHL level. The two worked their way through the junior ranks together with the Mississauga Steelheads (OHL) and were drafted the same year by New Jersey. 

Oct. 26, 2021

Devils host Calgary

It might not be a normal matchup to be highlighted on the Devils schedule when they play against the Flames, but this year will carry a bit of extra weight. 

This offseason, former (and beloved) Devil Blake Coleman signed a six-year deal with Calgary after winning two championships in Tampa Bay. This will also mark the first time that Coleman makes his way back to Prudential Center since he was traded to Tampa Bay on Feb. 16, 2020. 

I'd expect a pretty big fan appreciation moment for Blake, who stole the hearts of many in this town.  

Nov. 11, 2021

Islanders visit Devils 

There are some 'ifs' involved in this game. But it could be a big one. 

Former Devils captain Andy Greene returned to the Prudential Center for the first time last year after joining the Islanders. It was a really nice moment for the former captain, but perhaps he wasn't given his ultimate due with a limited capacity audience who provided him a standing ovation. 

 This time, there's a good chance that Greene will have a much bigger salute, and a 'send-off' he so rightly deserves. 

What makes it even more interesting is that should Greene participate in every Islander game leading up to the Nov. 11 matchup, the game between his former and current team would make the 999th game of his NHL career. It's too bad there's not one extra game on the Islanders schedule to make it game 1,000, but it will be just on the horizon. 

Dec. 23, 2021

Devils host Canadiens 

There are many layers to this matchup, where friendships will certainly collide. We can start with Ty Smith and Canadien Brendan Gallagher. The two are basically inseparable during the offseason - Smith lives with Gallagher in Vancouver and this matchup would mark the first time in their NHL career's that the two match up against one another, something Gallagher talked about two summers ago as Ty was getting ready to turn professional. 

Built on top of that will be a Jack Hughes versus Cole Caufield game. The two very good friends, who played with the USNTDP together, and will dress as opponents at the NHL level for the first time. 

And of course there is Tomas Tatar playing against his former team for the first time, having spent the past three seasons playing in Montreal. He was in the top four in scoring every year he was with the franchise (he led the entire team during the 2019-20 season). 

Jan. 15, 2022

Devils visit Canadiens

It's all the same as above, as the Devils travel to Montreal for the lone time this coming season, turning the tables on home-ice advantage between friendships. 

This time though, it's Tatar returning to face his former team in front of his former home-crowd. And the intriguing thing about Montreal is that you never quite know what type of reception a returning player will get until the moment it happens. Will there be a standing ovation? A round of applause? Or just boos the moment the player touches the puck? It's often an amalgamation of all three. 

It will be interesting to see what type of reception Tatar, who joined New Jersey as a free agent, will receive. 

Jan. 22, 2022

Carolina visits New Jersey

The matchup is on between the top free agent prize and his former team. Dougie Hamilton will have the home-ice advantage when he suits up with New Jersey against the Carolina Hurricanes. 

Hamilton spent three seasons in Carolina, leaving as the coveted free agent of the offseason. He'll be up against his former team for the first time. 

Jan. 29, 2022

Devils Visit Hurricanes

Exactly one-week later Hamilton and the Devils travel to Carolina. A first appearance by Hamilton at his old arena, in front of his former home crowd. 

Once again, the intrigue builds for what type of reception he'll receive. 

Feb. 1, 2022

Devils Host Toronto

If the schedule remains the same and the league takes a hiatus for a three-week Olympic break, this game against the Maple Leafs will be the final game before the break. 

Feb. 28, 2022

New Jersey Welcomes Vancouver

Don't look now, it's another edition of the Hughes vs. Hughes show. Jack's Devils play host to Quinn's Canucks in the third meeting between the two brothers at the NHL level. 

So far Jack has one goal against his brother's Canucks; Quinn has one assist against New Jersey. 

It won't be long before this is a Hughes and Hughes vs. Hughes matchup in a couple of years! 

March 15, 2022

Vancouver Hosts New Jersey

Tables turn in this matchup with Quinn having the home-ice advantage over Jack. 

April 16, 2022

One last notable stop along the 2021-22 schedule is a first ever trip to Seattle to face the Kraken. The Devils nearly bookend their season with the Kraken. They faced them in New Jersey in the second game of the season and will visit Seattle in their second to last week of the regular season with a chance to explore a new city and fanbase. 

 

2021-22 Regular Season Schedule
Date Time Opponent Location
Fri, Oct. 15 7 PM Chicago Blackhawks Home
Tue, Oct. 19 7 PM Seattle Kraken Home
Thu, Oct. 21 7 PM Washington Capitals Home
Sat, Oct. 23 7 PM Buffalo Sabres Home
Tue, Oct. 26 7 PM Calgary Flames Home
Sat, Oct. 30 7 PM Pittsburgh Penguins Away
Sun, Oct. 31 5 PM Columbus Blue Jackets Home
Tue, Nov. 2 10 PM Anaheim Ducks Away
Fri, Nov. 5 10:30 PM Los Angeles Kings Away
Sat, Nov. 6 10:30 PM San Jose Sharks Away
Tue, Nov. 9 7 PM Florida Panthers Home
Thu, Nov. 11 7 PM New York Islanders Home
Sat, Nov. 13 1 PM Boston Bruins Home
Sun, Nov. 14 7 PM New York Rangers Away
Tue, Nov. 16 7 PM Ottawa Senators Home
Thu, Nov. 18 7 PM Florida Panthers Away
Sat, Nov. 20 1 PM Tampa Bay Lightning Away
Wed, Nov. 24 7 PM Minnesota Wild Home
Fri, Nov. 26 6 PM Nashville Predators Away
Sun, Nov. 28 5 PM Philadelphia Flyers Home
Tue, Nov. 30 7 PM San Jose Sharks Home
Thu, Dec. 2 8 PM Minnesota Wild Away
Fri, Dec. 3 8 PM Winnipeg Jets Away
Wed, Dec. 8 7 PM Philadelphia Flyers Home
Fri, Dec. 10 7 PM Nashville Predators Home
Sat, Dec. 11 7:30 PM New York Islanders Away
Tue, Dec. 14 7 PM Philadelphia Flyers Away
Thu, Dec. 16 7 PM Vegas Golden Knights Home
Sat, Dec. 18 7 PM Detroit Red Wings Away
Sun, Dec. 19 7 PM Pittsburgh Penguins Home
Tue, Dec. 21 7 PM Pittsburgh Penguins Away
Thu, Dec. 23 7 PM Montreal Canadiens Home
Mon, Dec. 27 8 PM St. Louis Blues Away
Wed, Dec. 29 7 PM Buffalo Sabres Away
Fri, Dec. 31 1 PM Edmonton Oilers Home
Sun, Jan. 2 3 PM Washington Capitals Away
Tue, Jan. 4 7 PM Boston Bruins Away
Thu, Jan. 6 7 PM Columbus Blue Jackets Home
Sat, Jan. 8 7 PM Columbus Blue Jackets Away
Mon, Jan. 10 7 PM Tampa Bay Lightning Home
Thu, Jan. 13 7:30 PM New York Islanders Away
Sat, Jan. 15 1 PM Montreal Canadiens Away
Mon, Jan. 17 7 PM Toronto Maple Leafs Away
Wed, Jan. 19 7 PM Arizona Coyotes Home
Sat, Jan. 22 7 PM Carolina Hurricanes Home
Sun, Jan. 23 7 PM Los Angeles Kings Home
Tue, Jan. 25 7 PM Dallas Stars Home
Thu, Jan. 27 7 PM Tampa Bay Lightning Away
Sat, Jan. 29 7 PM Carolina Hurricanes Away
Tue, Feb. 1 7 PM Toronto Maple Leafs Home
Thu, Feb. 24 7 PM Pittsburgh Penguins Home
Fri, Feb. 25 8:30 PM Chicago Blackhawks Away
Mon, Feb. 28 7:30 PM Vancouver Canucks Home
Tue, Mar. 1 7 PM Columbus Blue Jackets Away
Fri, Mar. 4 7 PM New York Rangers Away
Sun, Mar. 6 1 PM St. Louis Blues Home
Tue, Mar. 8 7 PM Colorado Avalanche Home
Thu, Mar. 10 7 PM Winnipeg Jets Home
Sat, Mar. 12 7 PM Anaheim Ducks Home
Tue, Mar. 15 10 PM Vancouver Canucks Away
Wed, Mar. 16 10 PM Calgary Flames Away
Sat, Mar. 19 3 PM Edmonton Oilers Away
Tue, Mar. 22 7 PM New York Rangers Home
Wed, Mar. 23 7 PM Toronto Maple Leafs Away
Sat, Mar. 26 7 PM Washington Capitals Away
Sun, Mar. 27 7 PM Montreal Canadiens Home
Thu, Mar. 31 7 PM Boston Bruins Away
Sat, Apr. 2 12:30 PM Florida Panthers Home
Sun, Apr. 3 4 PM New York Islanders Home
Tue, Apr. 5 7 PM New York Rangers Home
Thu, Apr. 7 7 PM Ottawa Senators Away
Sat, Apr. 9 8 PM Dallas Stars Away
Tue, Apr. 12 10 PM Arizona Coyotes Away
Thu, Apr. 14 9 PM Colorado Avalanche Away
Sat, Apr. 16 10 PM Seattle Kraken Away
Mon, Apr. 18 10 PM Vegas Golden Knights Away
Thu, Apr. 21 7 PM Buffalo Sabres Home
Sat, Apr. 23 12:30 PM Carolina Hurricanes Home
Sun, Apr. 24 1 PM Detroit Red Wings Home
Tue, Apr. 26 7 PM Ottawa Senators Away
Thu, Apr. 28 7 PM Carolina Hurricanes Away
Fri, Apr. 29 7 PM Detroit Red Wings Home

Home games in bold

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