The Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club, in conjunction with the National Hockey League, released its 82-game schedule for the 2021-22 NHL regular season.

The Jets open the season with three straight games on the road, starting on Thursday, Oct. 14 against the Anaheim Ducks. Winnipeg plays their first game at the recently renamed Canada Life Centre against Anaheim on Thursday, Oct. 21. The Jets will have to wait until Dec. 9 to play the NHL’s newest team, the Seattle Kraken, at Climate Pledge Arena before hosting them on Jan. 8 and Apr. 13. It will be an even longer wait for the Jets before they face the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning as they meet in Winnipeg on Mar. 8 and then in Tampa Bay on Apr. 16.

The longest homestand of the season spans seven games from Nov. 2-16. Winnipeg will not play a home game from Jan. 28-Feb. 28 as the club is off from Feb. 2-22 for the Olympic Break. That stretch also features the Jets’ longest stretch of road games as they will play five straight contests away from Manitoba.

After playing all 56 regular season and eight playoff games against the other six Canadian teams as part of the Scotia North Division last season, the 2021-22 Jets face Canadian teams only 15 times – seven games at Canada Life Centre and eight times on the road. The Edmonton Oilers make two separate trips to Winnipeg on Nov. 16 and Jan. 16, while the Toronto Maple Leafs (Dec. 5), Ottawa Senators (Jan. 15.), Montreal Canadiens (Mar. 1) and Calgary Flames (season finale on Apr. 29) only visit Canada Life Centre once.

The Jets return to the Central Division this season for 26 games, the Central now numbers eight teams with the addition of the Arizona Coyotes. Winnipeg plays the remainder of the Western Conference from the Pacific Division 24 times with 12 of their first 17 games coming against opponents from this division. The Jets also host and visit all 16 teams in the Eastern Conference once throughout the 2021-22 season.

January and March are the busiest months, with the Jets playing 15 games in each. Winnipeg plays 11 back-to-backs this season: nine feature a pair of road games and two are consecutive games at Canada Life Centre. Tuesday is the busiest day for the Jets with the team playing 17 times, including four straight Tuesdays in March.

The Jets play two straight games versus an opponent only once, a home-and-home set against their 2021 Stanley Cup Playoff First Round opponent, the Edmonton Oilers, Nov. 16 at Canada Life Centre and Nov. 18 at Rogers Place.

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