Vegas Golden Knights Release Schedule

82 game schedule reduced to 56

Mitch Kelly
December 24, 2020 - 4:24 am
Golden Knights celebrate following a goal against the St. Louis Blues on August 6th 2020

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Las Vegas, NV (KXNT) - The Vegas Golden Knights released their schedule for what will be an abbreviated 2020-21 season on Wednesday

The NHL and NHLPA announced Sunday that they've agreed to move forward on a plan to play a 56-game regular season and an altered playoff format for the 2020-21 season.

The season will commence Jan. 13 and will conclude May 8 leading up to a playoff format that will feature 16 teams competing in four rounds of best-of-seven series. The top four teams in each division will qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs and will play the first two rounds in-division. The victorious teams from each division will compete in the Semifinal Round to set the stage for the 2021 Stanley Cup Final.

Divisions will have a new look in 2021 to accommodate travel restrictions during the pandemic. Re-alignment has placed the Golden Knights in the West Division with some familiar foes, as well as a few teams from the usual Central Division.

Vegas will face each team in the West Division eight times during the regular season as the team looks to lock in one of the division's four playoff spots. The Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks and Arizona Coyotes will remain in the same division as the Golden Knights while the Colorado Avalanche, Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues join the Pacific party.

The plan is for games to be hosted by the home team at their own arena. Initially, fans will not be permitted at games but the NHL and NHLPA are hopeful fans will be welcomed back into venues later in the season. The league stated that it is prepared to set up neutral site games when necessary for teams who have to move their games due to conditions in local markets.

Training camp for the Golden Knights, as well as the other 23 teams that participated in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, is set to begin on Jan. 3. The teams that did not reach the bubble can open their training camps as early as Dec. 31 as those teams hit the ice together for the first time since mid-March.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the league's schedule has been thrown off its usual axis as the 2020 playoffs were not completed until Sept. 28 after an abrupt halt to the season on March 12. Sunday's news included a note that the 2021-22 season is planned to kick off in October 2021 like a "normal" season would.

Fans can expect updates from the NHL on health and safety protocols, scheduling and more as the Jan. 13 start date approaches.