2017–18 NHL season
League National Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Duration October 4, 2017 – June 2018
Regular Season
Stanley Cup

The 2017–18 NHL season will be the 101st season of operation (100th season of play) of the National Hockey League. With the addition of a new expansion team, the Vegas Golden Knights, 31 teams will compete in an 82-game regular season. The regular season will begin on October 4, 2017, and will end on April 7, 2018. The 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs will then begin a few days afterwards, with the Stanley Cup Finals held in early June.


Eastern ConferenceEdit

Division Team City Arena Capacity Joined NHL
Atlantic Boston Bruins Boston, Massachusetts TD Garden 17,565 1924
Buffalo Sabres Buffalo, New York KeyBank Center 18,690 1970
Detroit Red Wings Detroit, Michigan Little Caesars Arena 20,066 1926
Florida Panthers Sunrise, Florida BB&T Center 19,452 1993
Montreal Canadiens Montreal, Quebec Bell Centre 21,273 1917
Ottawa Senators Ottawa, Ontario Canadian Tire Centre 20,500 1992
Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa, Florida Amalie Arena 19,500 1992
Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto, Ontario Air Canada Centre 18,800 1917
Metroplitan Carolina Hurricanes Raleigh, North Carolina PNC Arena 18,639 1979
Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus, Ohio Nationwide Arena 18,136 2000
New Jersey Devils Newark, New Jersey Prudential Center 17,625 1974
New York Islanders Brooklyn, New York Barclays Center 16,234 1972
New York Rangers New York, New York Madison Square Garden 18,200 1926
Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Wells Fargo Center 19,500 1967
Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania PPG Paints Arena 18,087 1967
Washington Capitals Washington, D.C. Verizon Center 18,277 1974

Western ConferenceEdit

Division Team City Arena Capacity Joined NHL
Central Chicago Blackhawks Chicago, Illinois United Center 19,717 1926
Colorado Avalanche Denver, Colorado Pepsi Center 18,007 1979
Dallas Stars Dallas, Texas American Airlines Center 18,500 1967
Minnesota Wild St. Paul, Minnesota Xcel Energy Center 18,568 2000
Nashville Predators Nashville, Tennessee Bridgestone Arena 17,113 1998
St. Louis Blues St. Louis, Missouri Scottrade Center 19,022 1967
Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg, Manitoba Bell MTS Place 18,750 2011
Pacific Anaheim Ducks Anaheim, California Honda Center 17,174 1993
Arizona Coyotes Glendale, Arizona Gila River Arena 18,000 1979
Calgary Flames Calgary, Alberta Scotiabank Saddledome 19,289 1972
Edmonton Oilers Edmonton, Alberta Rogers Place 18,641 1979
Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles, California Staples Center 18,118 1967
San Jose Sharks San Jose, California SAP Center at San Jose 17,496 1991
Vancouver Canucks Vancouver, British Columbia Rogers Arena 18,630 1970
Vegas Golden Knights Las Vegas, Nevada T-Mobile Arena 17,368 2017

League BusinessEdit

Membership ChangesEdit

  • The Vegas Golden Knights are added to the league as an expansion team becoming the league's 31st member.

2018 Winter OlympicsEdit

The NHL decided on April 3, 2017 that the league will not change its schedule to accommodated players being able to play in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.  The NHL had shut down the league for the previous five Olympic games. Several players have vowed to participate anyway, most notably Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin;[1] provided the teams that hold their contracts do not object to each player's participation, the options the league has for stopping players from participating without running afoul of the National Hockey League Players' Association are limited, and the league has not yet prescribed any potential punishment for such a scenario.[2]

All Star GameEdit

The 63rd National Hockey League All-Star Game will be held in Tampa, Florida at Amalie Arena, home of the Tampa Bay Lightning, on January 28, 2018. The format will not change and will follow the format used in two previous All-Star games.[3]

Salary capEdit

On June 18, 2017, the National Hockey League Players' Association announced that the salary cap would be set at $75 million for the 2017–18 season.[4][5]

Centennial celebrationEdit

The NHL's centennial commemorations will continue into the 2017–18 season, as its 100th season of play. On March 17, 2017, the NHL announced that it would hold an outdoor game between the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens on December 16, 2017 to mark the 100th anniversary of their inaugural NHL game.[6][7] The Toronto Maple Leafs will host the Carolina Hurricanes on December 19 at the start time of 2 p.m. to mark the 100th anniversary of the first NHL game played by their predecessor franchise, the Toronto Arenas.[8]

Pre-season games in ChinaEdit

On March 30, 2017, it was announced that the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks would play two pre-season games in China on September 21 and 23.[9]

International gamesEdit

Two regular season games will be played in Stockholm, Sweden as part of the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series, the league announced on March 24, 2017. The games will be played between the Colorado Avalanche and the Ottawa Senators at the Ericsson Globe on November 10 and 11, 2017.[10] This is the first NHL game to be held outside North America since the 2011 NHL Premiere contest.

Outdoor gamesEdit

Arena changesEdit


  1. Evgeni Malkin follows Ovechkin 2018 Olympics plans (April 6, 2017). Retrieved on June 13, 2017.
  2. How the NHL can prevent players from going to Olympics. Retrieved on April 4, 2017.
  3. 2018 NHL All-Star Game to be played at Tampa Bay (May 30, 2017). Retrieved on June 9, 2017.
  4. NHL, NHLPA announce team payroll range for 2017–18 (June 18, 2017). Retrieved on June 20, 2017.
  5. NHL salary cap to increase to $75 million (June 18, 2017). Retrieved on June 20, 2017.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Senators to host Canadiens in outdoor NHL game Dec. 16 at TD Place. Retrieved on March 18, 2017.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Senators Dec. 16 outdoor game against Canadiens caps off big anniversary year. Postmedia Network. Retrieved on March 18, 2017.
  8. Leafs to open 2017-18 season in Winnipeg. Toronto Star. Retrieved on June 22, 2017.
  9. Kings, Canucks will play preseason games in China (March 30, 2017). Retrieved on April 26, 2017.
  10. NHL (March 24, 2017). Senators, Avalanche to play two games in Sweden. Press release.
  11. NHL Winter Classic to feature Rangers, Sabres at Citi Field (May 9, 2017). Retrieved on May 10, 2017.
  12. Benjamin, Cody. "Sabres 'hosting' 2018 Winter Classic vs. Rangers reportedly saves MSG $40M", May 12, 2017. Retrieved on May 15, 2017. 
  13. Maple Leafs, Capitals to play in Stadium Series at U.S. Naval Academy (May 29, 2017). Retrieved on May 30, 2017.
  14. Capitals expected to play in outdoor game at Naval Academy next season. Retrieved on May 28, 2017.
  15. Red Wings' new home: Little Caesars Arena (April 28, 2016). Retrieved on March 21, 2017.
  16. MTS Centre, Iceplex renamed following Bell takeover of MTS (en). The Canadian Press (May 30, 2017). Retrieved on June 1, 2017.
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