With the NHL playoffs set to return in August, the long wait for hockey is nearly over. In fact, that wait for live hockey will be over in July as the team’s heading to the Stanley Cup Playoffs will take part in exhibitions before the real thing starts. Again, these games won’t have the intensity that fans have come to expect from the NHL, but teams need these games to regain their rhythm and chemistry on the ice.
On the bright side, there are some intriguing matchups of longtime rivals. The Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers will battle it out on Tuesday, July 28. The very next day, the New York Islanders and New York Rangers will meet in Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada. Yes, there will be NHL betting lines on exhibition games.
While the games themselves won’t be full-speed, high-intensity affairs, we can expect teams to tip their hands on line configurations, defensive pairings, and goalie depth charts. With only one scrimmage before the Qualifying Round begins, coaches will have little to no time to tinker with the lineup.
For every team taking part in the Qualifying Round, it’s sink or swim. In a shortened five-game series, stumbling out of the gates could prove to be disastrous. It’s safe to expect some wild outcomes in this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Here’s the full schedule of NHL scrimmages.
Full NHL Scrimmage Schedule
Tuesday, July 28
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 4 p.m.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens, 8 p.m.
Edmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames, 10:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 29
Florida Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 12 p.m.
Colorado Avalanche vs. Minnesota Wild, 2:30 p.m.
Carolina Hurricanes vs. Washington Capitals, 4 p.m.
St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks, 6:30 p.m.
New York Islanders vs. New York Rangers, 8 p.m.
Vancouver Canucks vs. Winnipeg Jets; 10:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 30
Nashville Predators vs. Dallas Stars, 4 p.m.
Boston Bruins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets, 7 p.m.
Vegas Golden Knights vs. Arizona Coyotes, 10 p.m.
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