Last night the NHLPA finally voted in favor of the newly agreed upon collective bargaining agreement, after the NHL Board of Governors already ratified the deal on Wednesday, the CBA was finally made official and the 48-game NHL schedule was released in its entirety.
Talk about a condensed schedule, the schedule has 30 teams playing 48 games in just 99 days. To put that into perspective the NHL lockout lasted 119 days. The season will be shorter than the lockout, sounds like a sick joke.
This is going to be a lot of hockey and fast, 26 teams will be playing on Saturday, January 19th, which is opening night for the NHL. It’s going to be a blitzkrieg of NHL hockey and I can’t wait.
It will be the shortest schedule since the 1994-95 season, which was the last time the league played a shortened season due to a lockout.
The schedule is also conference only, meaning teams will only play other teams from within their conference. From what I’ve read each team will play two divisional opponents five times, and two other divisional opponents four times. Teams would then play each non-divisional conference opponent three times, is your head spinning yet? I feel bad for the poor people that had to throw this thing together in just a few days.
You can find the entire schedule and even individual team schedule in all their condensed glory on usatoday.com.