This afternoon, the NHL released the schedule for the upcoming abbreviated 2021 NHL season. The Oilers will begin their schedule by hosting the Vancouver Canucks in back-to-back games on January 13th. (You can see the entire schedule here).
For this year, clubs will play opponents exclusively from their own divisions. This year will feature an all-Canadian “North” division, which will feature the Oilers squaring off against Canadian clubs throughout the season.
Some schedule notes:
- The Oilers play eleven back-to-back games this year, which ties them for the second most back-to-back games in the league with Ottawa. They will begin the season by hosting back-to-back game against the Vancouver Canucks on January 13th and 14th.
- The Oilers will play these clubs ten times: Calgary, Vancouver
- The Oilers will play these club nine times: Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg
- Edmonton’s first Battle of Alberta will take place on February 6th. They will have played Toronto four times by then.
- THREE IN A ROW: Edmonton will play Ottawa three consecutive times during the week of March 8th through 12th. Two weeks later, they will play Montréal three times during the week of March 22nd through 26th.
- ELEVEN IN EIGHTEEN: The Oilers will rely heavily on a two goaltender system right out of the starting gate. They’ll play eighteen games in eleven days, which further stresses the need for two dependable goaltenders. With only 56 games to play, it’s crucial that the Oilers not fall behind early in the division.
There’s not much time to get ready. We’re just eleven days from training camp, and the season opens just ten days after that. No time to waste!