The Chicago Blackhawks have released its schedule along with the rest of the league and October and February are practically the inverse of one another. But it really doesn’t matter because fans are just a day away from getting a generational player on their roster.
In October, a five-game road trip opens the season before Chicago holds its home opener on Saturday October 21st against defending champion Vegas. They then play Boston three days later before heading on the road again for a quick two-game set out west.
February features nine games in Chicago with the sole road game in Carolina on Monday the 19th.
But the real fun are the matchups that kick off the season. Here are five must see games during the season.
October 10th in Pittsburgh
Yes it’s a road tilt but nothing says a generational game than the original of the salary cap era in Sidney Crosby versus the hopeful generational in Connor Bedard. It’s also a measure of redemption for the Penguins to avenge the 5-2 loss to Chicago last year that bounced them from the playoffs.
October 21st vs Vegas
The home opener and the first up-close regular season chance at seeing Bedard in a meaningful game in Chicago. The Blackhawks will also have five games under their belt so imagine if they come in with a winning record, or dare to dream, no regulation losses. It’ll be an early season party on Madison.
November 24 vs Toronto
It’s an Original Six matchup or if you’re a Blackhawks fan going way back, an old school Norris Division matchup. The Leafs also have their generational talent in Auston Matthews. Another chance to see generational talents going up against one another. Toronto will also be hoping that this is the year, especially as they roll into November where the important Thanksgiving Day playoff marker is set.
January 9th vs Edmonton
Connor McDavid vs Connor Bedard. This one, though, is on home ice as opposed to the December game in Edmonton. Throw in Leon Draisitl with him and it’s likely to be a game of loaded skill with talented hockey being played on both ends of the ice.
February 25 vs Detroit
Oh believe me, I know this one well. No matter how bad either team is, it’s always must see hockey at the United Center. Because… how does that chant go?
You can find the entire schedule here