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Red Wings to Open 2022-23 NHL Season With Historic Game Against Canadiens

For the first time in franchise history, the Detroit Red Wings will open the NHL regular season by playing host to the Montreal Canadiens

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Lucas Raymond, Detroit Red Wings
The Red Wings will open the 2022-23 NHL regular season Oct. 14 against the Canadiens.

The Montreal Canadiens had already been in the NHL for a decade when the Detroit Red Wings – as the Detroit Cougars – came aboard for the 1926-27 season.

In the 95 NHL seasons. the Canadiens and Red Wings have faced off against each other 600 times in regular-season play. However, when they take the ice to open the 2022-23 NHL campaign, it will mark the first time that Detroit will be at home playing the Canadiens in the Red Wings season opener.

Unveiling of he NHL schedule took place on Wednesday. Detroit’s 82-game regular-season slate gets underway Oct. 14 at Little Caesars Arena against the 2021 Stanley Cup finalist Canadiens.

Red Wings Season Openers vs Canadiens

Season Outcome
1933-34 Detroit 1 at Montreal 2
1941-42 Detroit 3 at Montreal 2
1958-59 Detroit 0 at Montreal 2
1959-60 Detroit 1 at Montreal 1
1965-66 Detroit 1 at Montreal 8

Detroit has opened the season five previous times against the Canadiens – in 1933-34, 1941-42, 1958-59, 1959-60 and 1965-66 – but all of those games were contested in Montreal.

Opening the season against the Habs often has proven to be a blessing for Detroit. Even though the Red Wings are 1-3-1 in those five games, in three of those five seasons – 1933-34, 1941-42 and 1965-66 – Detroit went on to play in the Stanley Cup final.

On the other hand, after launching the 1958-59 season with a 2-0 loss at Montreal, the Red Wings missed the playoffs for the first time since 1937-38.

Red Wings Holiday Tradition Continues

The club’s annual New Year’s Eve and Thanksgiving Eve home games are continuing. Detroit will be facing the Ottawa Senators at LCA on Dec. 31. The Red Wings will also tangle with the Nashville Predators on Nov 23. That game is launching a season-high five-game homestand.

Detroit will also look to scare up a victory on Halloween at Buffalo against the Sabes. The Red Wings were a perfect 4-0 against Buffalo last season. The team’s longest road trip – a five-game, nine-day trip will be starting in Vancouver on Monday, Feb. 13. Prior to that, the Red Wings will enjoy a 10-day break from Jan 27-Feb 7 to accommodate the NHL All-Star Game.

 

Detroit’s 82-game slate is featuring 26 games against the Red Wings’ Atlantic Division rivals.

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There’s also three games each against the eight teams in the Eastern Conference’s Metropolitan Division (24 games) and two games apiece against all 16 Western Conference foes (32 games).

Detroit Red Wings 2022-23 NHL Schedule

Home Games in caps. All starting times ET.

Date Opponent Arena Start Time
Oct 14 MONTREAL Little Caesars Arena 7:30
Oct 15 @New Jersey Prudential Center 7:00
Oct 17 Los Angeles Little Caesars Arena 7:30
Oct 21 @Chicago United Center 8:30
Oct 23 ANAHEIM Little Caesars Arena 5:00
Oct 25 NEW JERSEY Little Caesars Arena 7:30
Oct 27 @Boston TD Garden 7:00
Oct 29 MINNESOTA Little Caesars Arena 7:00
Oct 31 @Buffalo KeyBank Center 7:00
Nov 3 WASHINGTON Little Caesars Arena 7:30
Nov 5 NEW YORK ISLANDERS Little Caesars Arena 7:.00
Nov 6 @New York Rangers Madison Square Garden 5:00
Nov 8 MONTREAL Little Caesars Arena 7:30
Nov 10 NEW YORK RANGERS Little Caesars Arena 7:30
Nov 12 @Los Angeles Crypto.com Arena 10:30
Nov 15 @Anaheim Ducks Honda Center 10:00
Nov 17 @San Jose SAP Center 10:30
Nov 19 @Columbus Nationwide Arena 7:00
Nov 23 NASHVILLE Little Caesars Arena 7:30
Nov 25 ARIZONA Little Caesars Arena 7:30
Nov 28 TORONTO Little Caesars Arena 7:00
Nov 30 BUFFALO Little Caesars Arena 7:00
Dec 3 VEGAS Little Caesars Arena 7:00
Dec 4 @Columbus Nationwide Arena 6:00
Dec 6 @Tampa Bay Amalie Arena 7:00
Dec 8 @Florida FLA Live Arena 7:00
Dec 10 @Dallas American Airlines Center 2:00
Dec 13 CAROLINA Little Caesars Arena 7:30
Dec 14 @Minnesota Xcel Energy Center 7:30
Dec 17 OTTAWA Little Caesars Arena 1:00
Dec 19 @Washington Capital One Arena 7:00
Dec 23 @Ottawa Canadian Tire Centre 7:00
Dec 28 @Pittsburgh PPG Paints Arena 7:30
Dec 29 @Buffalo KeyBank Center 7:00
Dec 31 OTTAWA Little Caesars Arena 7:00
Jan 4 NEW JERSEY Little Caesars Arena 7:00
Jan 6 FLORIDA Little Caesars Arena 7:30
Jan 7 @Toronto Scotiabank Arena 7:00
Jan 10 WINNIPEG Little Caesars Arena 7:30
Jan 12 TORONTO Little Caesars Arena 7:00
Jan 14 COLUMBUS Little Caesars Arena 7:00
Jan 16 @Colorado Ball Arena 3:00
Jan 17 @Arizona ASU Multi-Purpose Arena 9:00
Jan 19 @Vegas T-Mobile Arena 10:00
Jan 21 PHILADELPHIA Little Caesars Arena 7:00
Jan 24 SAN JOSE Little Caesars Arena 7:30
Jan. 27 @New York Islanders UBS Arena 7:00
Feb 7 EDMONTON Little Caesars Arena 7:30
Feb 9 CALGARY Little Caesars Arena 7:30
Feb 11 VANCOUVER Little Caesars Arena 12:00
Feb 13 @Vancouver Rogers Arena 10:00
Feb 15 @Edmonton Rogers Place 9:30
Feb 16 @Calgary Scotiabank Saddledome 9:00
Feb. 18 @Seattle Climate Pledge Arena 10:30
Feb 21 @Washington Capital One Arena 7:00
Feb 23 NEW YORK RANGERS Little Caesars Arena 7:30
Feb 25 TAMPA BAY Little Caesars Arena 7:00
Feb 28 @Ottawa Canadian Tire Arena 7:00
Mar 2 SEATTLE Little Caesars Arena 7:30
Mar 4 @New York Islanders UBS Arena 12:30
Mar 5 @Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center 3:00
Mar 8 CHICAGO Little Caesars Arena 7:30
Mar 11 @Boston TD Garden 1:00
Mar 12 BOSTON Little Caesars Arena 1:00
Mar 14 @Nashville Bridgestone Arena 8:00
Mar 18 COLORADO Little Caesars Arena 1:00
Mar 20 FLORIDA Little Caesars Arena 7:30
Mar 21 @St Louis Enterprise Center 8:00
Mar 23 ST LOUIS Little Caesars Arena 7:30
Mar 25 @Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center 1:00
Mar 28 PITTSBURGH Little Caesars Arena 7:30
Mar 30 CAROLINA Little Caesars Arena 7:30
Mar 31 @Winnipeg Canada Life Center 8:00
Apr 2 @Toronto Scotiabank Arena 7:00
Apr 4 @Montreal Bell Center 7:00
Apr 6 BUFFALO Little Caesars Arena 7:30
Apr 8 PITTSBURGH Little Caesars Arena 7:00
Apr 10 DALLAS Little Caesars Arena 7:30
Apr 11 @Carlina PNC Arena 7:00
Apr 13 @Tampa Bay Amelie Arena 7:00

 

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