The New York Islanders will move into a new arena this season, but they'll have a long road to get there.
The Islanders, who have reached the third round of the playoffs the past two seasons, will play 13 games on the road before UBS Arena is ready for their home opener on Nov. 20 against the Calgary Flames.
The expansion Seattle Kraken will also have to wait before Climate Pledge Arena is open, necessitating a five-game road trip. They'll open at home on Oct. 23 against the geographic rival Vancouver Canucks.
The NHL released its full 2021-22 regular-season schedule on Thursday. It will be 82 games again, starting on Oct. 12 with two games. It will run through April 29.
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The Tampa Bay Lightning will raise their second consecutive Stanley Cup banner on opening night against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Kraken visit the Vegas Golden Knights later in a meeting of the league's most recent expansion teams.
Other schedule highlights:
— An Olympic break, from Feb. 7-22, has been built in, though no agreement has been reached yet to send NHL players to the 2022 Games. If talks fall through, a revised regular season that has been seen by teams already, according to the Associated Press, will be released.
— The Montreal Canadiens will host the Lightning on Dec. 7 in a Stanley Cup Final rematch, though both teams will look different. The Lightning already lost Yanni Gourde and Barclay Goodrow, and Canadiens captain Shea Weber will miss the season because of injuries.
— The Winter Classic is Jan. 1 at Minneapolis' Target Field, with the Minnesota Wild hosting the St. Louis Blues.
— Las Vegas will host the All-Star Game on Feb. 4-5.
—The Nashville Predators will host the Lightning outdoors at Nissan Stadium on Feb. 26.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NHL schedule released: Islanders have long road before home opener