Playing their first preseason slate of games in two years, the Detroit Red Wings will face the usual suspects during their slate of NHL exhibititon tilts during the fall of 2021.
The Wings will play home-and-home preseason series against the Buffalo Sabres, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh Penguins. One sacrifice made to the COVID-19 pandemic is that the traditional home-and-home with the Toronto Maple Leafs is not part of the slate.
Detroit’s preseason slate with open Wednesday, September 29 with a road game against the Blackhawks. The puck drops at 8:30 p.m. at the United Center. They will make their Little Caesars Arena season debut the following night at 7:30 p.m., facing the Sabres.
A stretch of three games in three nights kicks off the October schedule. Detroit will play six games in eight days. The Wings have home dates against the Blue Jackets on Saturday October 2 (7 p.m.) and the Blackhawks on Monday, October 4 (7:30 p.m.). Those are sandwiched around a Sunday, October 4 trip to Pittsburgh to face the Penguins. This will be a rare preseason afternoon game at 1 p.m. Trips to Columbus (Wednesday, October 6 at 7 p.m.). The slate concludes on Saturday, October 9 with a road tilt in Buffalo (3:00 p.m.).