The Vegas Golden Knights schedule release for 2021 has hit the internet, and it features baseball-like mini series, a division-only format, and a setup that could see the West Division decided in the final two weeks via the Golden Knights’ matchups.
It all begins on Thursday, January 14 with the Anaheim Ducks at T-Mobile Arena. Every team Vegas plays at home or on the road will be for at least a pair of consecutive games, and in a few instances there will be four consecutive games against the same team. In each case, the four game mini series is split two-and-two between each team’s home arena.
The first time this happens is right after opening weekend when the VGK will face the Arizona Coyotes four straight times starting Monday, January 18. The Golden Knights will also play four in a row against the Colorado Avalanche in February, the only other time this happens on the schedule.
The Golden Knights will play seven back-to-back series over the course of the schedule. In a 56-game season, that means 14 games (25%) are part of a back-to-back.
Travel isn’t too bad for anyone in the division, but the Golden Knights schedule is a good one. The only tough stretch as far as air miles is from February 20 – March 13 when the VGK will play 10-of-12 games away from T-Mobile Arena. Over that span they play twice at Colorado, twice at Anaheim, two at home versus the Minnesota Wild, twice at the San Jose Sharks, twice in Minnesota and finally twice at the St. Louis Blues to wrap it all up.
Vegas plays six home games in each month except April (8) and May (2), while playing a high of ten games on the road in March. The longest home stand will be February 5 – 16 and last six games, two each against the Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim and Colorado. Likewise the longest stretch on the road is six consecutive contests, part of the aforementioned 10-in-12 away from Nevada.
- January looks particularly good to the Golden Knights, giving them the chance to start 6-0 against Anaheim and Arizona.
- Looking further ahead, Vegas only plays a pair of games against St. Louis at the end of January. Otherwise 12 of the Golden Knights first 14 games are against teams that did not make the playoffs in any fashion last season.
- Depending on how the division goes, the last two weeks provide a chance to make or break the VGK. Pairs of games against Colorado, Minnesota and St. Louis could prove pivotal.
- Vegas plays each of the other seven teams in the division eight times for a total of 56 games.
- There is no All-Star Game this season.
- The NHL regular season ends May 8 this year, with the potential to make up any missed games coming after that date.