The National Hockey League has designated 45 games on its upcoming 2015 preseason schedule in which the participating teams will play a five-minute, sudden-death overtime period using the new '3-on-3' format -- regardless of the score at the end of regulation time. The overtime period will be played with each team at 3-on-3 manpower (plus goaltender).
This preseason mandate will provide all participants -- players, coaches, management and on-ice officials -- an expanded opportunity to test the new format in advance of its introduction to regular-season play when the 2015-16 NHL season opens on Wednesday, Oct. 7.
Preseason games tied at the end of regulation will use the same extra-time procedure as during the regular season -- a five-minute, sudden-death overtime period using the new 3-on-3 format, followed, if still tied, by a shootout.
The games on the list below that are not tied at the end of regulation WILL NOT have a shootout following 3-on-3. For record-keeping purposes, the team ahead at the end of regulation will have been deemed the winner, eliminating the need for a shootout even if 3-on-3 concludes without a goal.
Following is a list of the 45 preseason games that will feature a five-minute, 3-on-3 overtime period regardless of the score at the end of regulation time (all times Eastern):
SUNDAY, SEPT. 20
Florida at Nashville (evening game of split-squad doubleheader), 8 p.m.
MONDAY, SEPT. 21
Carolina at Washington, 7 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Buffalo at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Arizona vs. Los Angeles, at Bakersfield, Calif. (Rabobank Arena), 10 p.m.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 22
Washington at Boston, 7 p.m.
NY Rangers at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
St. Louis (split squad) at Columbus (split squad), 7 p.m.
Toronto at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Nashville at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Dallas at Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Detroit at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
Anaheim at Colorado, 9 p.m.
San Jose at Vancouver, 10 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 23
Ottawa at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
New Jersey at NY Islanders, 7 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Winnipeg at Edmonton, 9 p.m.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 24
Pittsburgh at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 25
NY Islanders (split squad) at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Edmonton at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
Vancouver at Calgary, 9 p.m.
Arizona at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 26
Columbus at Pittsburgh, 4 p.m.
Carolina vs. NY Islanders, at Halifax, N.S. (Scotiabank Centre), 5 p.m.
Edmonton vs. Minnesota, at Saskatoon, Sask. (SaskTel Centre), 6 p.m.
NY Rangers at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Montreal at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Dallas, 8 p.m.
St. Louis at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
Calgary at Vancouver, 10 p.m.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 27
Carolina vs. Ottawa, at St. John's, Nfld. (Mile One Centre), 3:30 p.m.
Florida at Dallas, 8 p.m.
Los Angeles at Colorado, 8 p.m.
MONDAY, SEPT. 28
TUESDAY, SEPT. 29
Anaheim at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 30
Boston at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.
New Jersey at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
THURSDAY, OCT. 1
Buffalo at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Chicago at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Calgary at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
Colorado at Anaheim, 10 p.m.
FRIDAY, OCT. 2
Boston at Washington, 7 p.m.
San Jose at Arizona, 10 p.m.
SATURDAY, OCT. 3
Montreal at Ottawa, 7 p.m.
Detroit at Toronto, 7 p.m.
SUNDAY, OCT. 4