Ducks 2021-22 schedule: 8 games to watch

The Ducks said good riddance Thursday to the West Division, the one-season-only, pandemic-necessary, eight-team division of 2020-21, and welcomed the return of the Pacific Division and the expansion Seattle Kraken.

The NHL returned to its traditional divisional alignment, and with a familiar 82-game schedule. Left to be determined is whether the league will send its players to the Beijing Olympics. The schedule-maker left a three-week break for the Games.

The Ducks will face five of the seven Pacific Division teams (San Jose, Vegas, Calgary, Vancouver and the Kings) four times each and the other two (Edmonton and Seattle) three times each.

The Ducks’ longest homestand is five games (Feb. 25-March 6), and they have three five-game road trips (Dec. 6-12, Jan. 24-31, and March 8-15). The Ducks also have 13 sets of back-to-back games.

Here are eight dates to save for the coming season.

OCT. 14, VS. WINNIPEG

This will be only the seventh time since the Ducks’ inaugural 1993-94 season that they’ll start on home ice. Stranger still, they’ll play host to the Minnesota Wild one night later before hitting the road for the first time.

Player to watch: The Ducks lost out to the Jets in the Pierre-Luc Dubois sweepstakes last season, and it will be intriguing to see if he’s found his comfort zone yet.

OCT. 31, VS. MONTREAL

Montreal advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1993, upsetting the Toronto Maple Leafs,…

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