A few months away still (thankfully based on these scorching hot Manitoba temps) before the Jets embark on their eighth season however the schedule has been released, as it usually is, just prior to the NHL Entry Draft which starts tomorrow night in Dallas. We learned yesterday that the Jets will open their season on the road against the Blues on October 4th and will have their home opener on October 9th when the Kings come to town. We also knew that on November 1st and 2nd the Jets will play the Panthers in Finland.
The Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club, in conjunction with the National Hockey League, today released its 82-game schedule for the 2018-19 NHL regular season.
The Jets will open the season on the road on Thursday, Oct. 4 against the St. Louis Blues followed by another away game at the Dallas Stars on Saturday, Oct. 6.
The Jets play their first game at Bell MTS Place against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday, Oct. 9. Winnipeg will travel to Helsinki, Finland for a pair of matchups with the Florida Panthers on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2.
The longest homestand of the season will span six games from Oct. 14-24. The Jets’ longest road trips of the season will only be four games long, including ending the campaign with four matchups versus Western Conference foes from Apr. 1-6.
The Jets will face Canadian teams at Bell MTS Place on eight occasions during the 2018-19 season, while they’ll play in the other six Canadian cities a total of seven times. The Edmonton Oilers head to Bell MTS Place on Oct. 16 and Dec. 13, the Vancouver Canucks make their lone visit to Winnipeg on Oct. 18, and Toronto’s only trip falls on Oct. 24. The Jets welcome the Calgary Flames for two games at Bell MTS Place on Dec. 27 and Mar. 16, the Ottawa Senators come to Winnipeg on Feb. 16, and the Montreal Canadiens will not travel to Manitoba until they play in the Jets’ home finale on Mar. 30.
December and March will be the busiest months, with the Jets playing 15 games in each. Winnipeg will play 10 back-to-backs with seven of those featuring a pair of road games and another duo coming in Finland where one matchup is technically a home game. This year will be the third in a row to feature the five-day break during the season with the Jets having five days off prior to the 2019 NHL All-Star Game in San Jose on Jan. 25-26.
The Jets will take on their Central Division rivals – Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues – a total of 26 times with half of those match-ups coming at Bell MTS Place. The Jets will play the remainder of the Western Conference from the Pacific Division – Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks, Vancouver Canucks, and Vegas Golden Knights – a total of 24 times with 12 of those games coming at home. The Jets will also host and visit all 16 teams in the Eastern Conference once throughout the 2018-19 season.
Start times indicated on the attached schedule are in central time. Times may vary depending on broadcast requirements. Television broadcast schedules will be released shortly. However, all 82 games will once again be broadcast on the radio on TSN 1290 this season.