Kings' and Ducks' schedules are altered as NHL releases completed season slate

Jack Harris
Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar, second from right, celebrates after scoring against the Vegas Golden Knights.
Kings center Anze Kopitar, second from right, celebrates with teammates after scoring against the Vegas Golden Knights on March 1. (John Locher / Associated Press)

The upcoming NHL season became a little clearer Monday, when the league released start times for each team’s 56-game schedule.

The majority of the Kings' and Ducks' home games — which will be played inside empty arenas to start the season — will begin at 7 p.m.

The Kings’ only alternative home start times are three 6 p.m. puck drops (Jan. 16 and March 5-6), a 5 p.m. start on April 14, and a 3 p.m. start on March 21.

The Ducks’ first two home games on Jan. 18 and 20 will begin at 6 and 6:30 p.m., respectively. All five of their Sunday home games will be earlier starts as well — 5 p.m. on Jan. 24, Jan. 31 and April 11; 6 p.m. on April 4; and 1 p.m. on April 18).

The NHL announced that a Kings-Ducks game at Staples Center originally scheduled for Feb. 3 has been moved up a day to Feb. 2.

Here are both teams’ full schedules:

Kings 2021 schedule

January

14, vs. Minnesota, 7 p.m.; 16, vs. Minnesota, 6 p.m.; 19, vs. Colorado, 7 p.m.; 21, vs. Colorado, 7 p.m.; 23, at St. Louis, 5 p.m.; 24, at St. Louis, 5 p.m.; 26, at Minnesota, 5 p.m.; 28, at Minnesota, 5 p.m.

February

2, vs. Anaheim, 7 p.m.; 5, at Vegas, 7 p.m.; 7, at Vegas, noon; 9, vs. San Jose, 7 p.m.; 11, vs. San Jose, 7 p.m.; 13, vs. Minnesota, 7 p.m.; 16, vs. Minnesota, 7 p.m.; 18, at Arizona, 6 p.m.; 20, at Arizona, 4 p.m.; 22, at St. Louis, 5 p.m.; 24, at St. Louis, 6:30 p.m.; 26, at Minnesota, 5 p.m.; 27, at Minnesota, 5 p.m.

March

5, vs. St. Louis, 6 p.m.; 6, vs. St. Louis, 6 p.m.; 8, at Anaheim, 7 p.m.; 10, at Anaheim, 6:30 p.m.; 12, at Colorado, 6 p.m.; 14, at Colorado, 4 p.m.; 15, vs. St. Louis, 7 p.m.; 17, vs. St. Louis, 7 p.m.; 19, vs. Vegas, 7 p.m.; 21, vs. Vegas, 3 p.m.; 22, at San Jose, 7:30 p.m.; 24, at San Jose, 7:30 p.m.; 29, at Vegas, 7 p.m.; 31, at Vegas, 7 p.m.

April

2, vs. San Jose, 7 p.m.; 3, vs. San Jose, 7 p.m.; 5, vs. Arizona, 7 p.m.; 7, vs. Arizona, 7 p.m.; 9, at San Jose, 7:30 p.m.; 10, at San Jose, 7:30 p.m.; 12, vs. Vegas, 7 p.m.; 14, vs. Vegas, 5 p.m.; 16, at Colorado, 6 p.m.; 18, at Colorado, 6 p.m.; 20, vs. Anaheim, 7 p.m.; 23, vs. Arizona, 7 p.m.; 24, vs. Arizona, 7 p.m.; 26, vs. Anaheim, 7 p.m.; 28, vs. Anaheim, 7 p.m.; 30, at Anaheim, 7 p.m.

May

1, at Anaheim, 7 p.m.; 3, at Arizona, 7 p.m.; 5, at Arizona, 7 p.m.; 7, vs. Colorado, 7 p.m.; 8, vs. Colorado, 7 p.m.

Ducks 2021 schedule

January

14, at Vegas, 7 p.m.; 16, at Vegas, 7 p.m.; 18, vs. Minnesota, 6 p.m.; 20, vs. Minnesota, 6:30 p.m.; 22, vs. Colorado, 7 p.m.; 24, vs. Colorado, 5 p.m.; 26, at Arizona, 6 p.m.; 28, at Arizona, 6 p.m.; 30, vs. St. Louis, 6 p.m.; 31, vs St. Louis, 5 p.m.

February

2, at Los Angeles, 7 p.m.; 5, vs. San Jose, 7 p.m.; 6, vs. San Jose, 7 p.m.; 9, at Vegas, 7 p.m.; 11, at Vegas, 7 p.m.; 13, at San Jose, 7:30 p.m.; 15, at San Jose, 7:30 p.m.; 18, vs. Minnesota, 7 p.m.; 20, vs. Minnesota, 6 p.m.; 22, at Arizona, 6 p.m.; 24, at Arizona, 6 p.m.; 26, vs. Vegas, 7 p.m.; 27, vs. Vegas, 7 p.m.

March

1, vs. St. Louis, 7 p.m.; 3, vs. St. Louis, 6:30 p.m.; 5, at Colorado, 6 p.m.; 6, at Colorado, 5 p.m.; 8, vs. Los Angeles, 7 p.m.; 10, vs. Los Angeles, 6:30 p.m.; 12, vs. San Jose, 7 p.m. 13, vs. San Jose, 7 p.m.; 16, vs. Arizona, 7 p.m.; 18, vs. Arizona, 7 p.m.; 22, at Minnesota, 4:30 p.m.; 24, at Minnesota, 2:30 p.m.; 26, at St. Louis, 5 p.m.; 27, at St. Louis, 5 p.m.; 29, at Colorado, 6 p.m.; 31, at Colorado, 6:30 p.m.

April

2, vs. Arizona, 7 p.m; 4, vs. Arizona, 6 p.m.; 9, vs. Colorado, 7 p.m.; 11, vs. Colorado, 5 p.m. 12, at San Jose, 7:30 p.m.; 14, at San Jose, 7:30 p.m.; 16, vs. Vegas, 7 p.m.; 18, vs. Vegas, 1 p.m.; 20, at Los Angeles, 7 p.m.; 26, at Los Angeles, 7 p.m.; 28, at Los Angeles, 7 p.m.; 30, vs. Los Angeles, 7 p.m.

May

1, vs. Los Angeles, 7 p.m.; 3, at St. Louis, 5 p.m.; 5, at St. Louis, 5 p.m.; 7, at Minnesota, 5 p.m., 8, at Minnesota, 5 p.m.

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.