NHL, Preds release 2020-21 regular season schedule

A season full of back-to-backs and two-game series against the same opponent is what Nashville’s 2020-21 season looks like.

The Predators open at home against Columbus on Jan. 14 and will go on the road for the first time on Jan. 22 in Dallas. 

Highlights of the schedule include nine homestands, eight road trips, nine sets of back-to-back games and 23 two-game series against the same opponent. The Predators will also go on two, six-game road trips and have five, four-game homestands. 

Due to the ongoing closure of the U.S.-Canada border, the NHL and NHLPA determined that this season would require a realignment and minimized travel. The current plan is to play games in home arenas with the understanding that most arenas will not host fans to start the season. 

All teams are flexible and the NHL could move to “neutral site” venues per division if necessary. 

The top four teams in each division will qualify for the playoffs. 

Here is a look at the schedule, start times will be announced at a later date.

ThursdayJan. 14Columbus
SaturdayJan. 16Columbus
MondayJan. 18Carolina
TuesdayJan. 19Carolina
FridayJan. 22at Dallas
SundayJan. 24at Dallas
TuesdayJan. 26Chicago
WednesdayJan. 27Chicago
SaturdayJan. 30at Tampa Bay
MondayFeb. 1at Tampa Bay
ThursdayFeb. 4at Florida
FridayFeb. 5at Florida
MondayFeb. 8Tampa Bay
TuesdayFeb. 9Tampa Bay
ThursdayFeb. 11Detroit
SaturdayFeb. 13Detroit
MondayFeb. 15at Dallas
TuesdayFeb. 16at Dallas
ThursdayFeb. 18at Columbus
SaturdayFeb. 20at Columbus
TuesdayFeb. 23at Detroit
ThursdayFeb. 25at Detroit
SaturdayFeb. 27Columbus
SundayFeb. 28Columbus
ThursdayMarch 4Florida
SaturdayMarch 6Florida
TuesdayMarch 9at Carolina
ThursdayMarch 11at Carolina
SaturdayMarch 13at Tampa Bay
MondayMarch 15at Tampa Bay
ThursdayMarch 18at Florida
SaturdayMarch 20at Florida
TuesdayMarch 23Detroit
ThursdayMarch 25Detroit
SaturdayMarch 27at Chicago
SundayMarch 28at Chicago
TuesdayMarch 30Dallas
ThursdayApril 1Dallas
SaturdayApril 3Chicago
SundayApril 4Chicago
TuesdayApril 6at Detroit
ThursdayApril 8at Detroit
SaturdayApril 10Tampa Bay
MondayApril 12Tampa Bay
ThursdayApril 15at Carolina
SaturdayApril 17at Carolina
WednesdayApril 21at Chicago
FridayApril 23at Chicago
MondayApril 26Florida
TuesdayApril 27Florida
ThursdayApril 29Dallas
SaturdayMay 1Dallas
MondayMay 3at Columbus
WednesdayMay 5at Columbus
FridayMay 7Carolina
SaturdayMay 8Carolina
Author: Maren AngusBorn in Los Angeles and raised in Middle Tennessee, Maren Angus has been covering sports around the mid-state since she was a junior at Station Camp High School in Gallatin. She has written for several publications including NHL.com, MLB.com, The Tennessean, USA Hockey and ESPN. When she is not at the rink covering the Preds or playing for The Mighty Drunks at Ford Ice Center, she is watching the Dodgers or drinking 2-for-1’s at Jonathan’s Grill.

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