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The Hottest NHL Hockey Matchups of the Season

October 22, 2021 by Randall Head and Christine Yeo

The NHL is back in all its glory, and so are the fans! After an abbreviated 2020-21 season, rife with interference, the 2021-22 season is skating ahead at full speed. Through all of the COVID-19 clamor, one message resounded across the entire sporting world: FANS MATTER.

The energy, excitement, and passion that hockey fandom exudes is the magic that brings arenas to life and makes each match more than just a game. After a year in the sin bin, tickets are going fast, and here at Vivid Seats, we’re pumped to be getting fans back into their seats. With a full 82-game season underway, and the Seattle Kraken making their debut, there’s plenty to be excited about this year - especially these five hotly anticipated matchups. 

Fire up the zamboni, and let’s get back on the ice! 

Oct. 23, 2021 
Vancouver Canucks at Seattle Kraken 
Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle, WA 

In the Seattle Kraken's inaugural NHL season every home game will be special, even more so when their new rivals north of the border come to town. According to our data, the Kraken's first ever home game against the Vancouver Canucks is the most anticipated game of the season, with divisional bragging rights on the line. No doubt Seattle will be itching to make its mark against one of the strongest teams in the Pacific division. 

Nov. 6, 2021 
Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs 
Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, CA 

We're back at Scotiabank Arena for what is shaping up to be a real barnburner! Division rivals and perennial playoff contenders, the Boston Bruins, take on the Toronto Maple Leafs in an Atlantic conference showdown. Both teams will come into this game evenly matched, with an intriguing mix of veterans and rising talent on both sides of the ice. Can the Bruins snatch a crucial victory on the road? Not if the Maple Leaf faithful have anything to say about it. 

Jan. 6, 2022
Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs
Bell Centre, Montreal, CA 

There isn't a night you'll find an empty seat in the Bell Centre— Canadiens fans are among the most consistent of any sports franchise— and with a Canadian rival in the house, the atmosphere will be absolutely electric for this one. It's been a constant tug-of-war between these sides in recent years, making it nearly impossible to predict a winner. After a deep playoff run last season, the Montreal Canadiens will be eager to reassert themselves as the best team in Canada. But when teams travel to Montreal, anything can happen. 

Jan. 28, 2022 
Minnesota Wild at New York Rangers
Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY 

Regardless of the occasion, things tend to get wild in Madison Square Garden. With a home sell-out rate of 99, Rangers fans are sure to be in full voice when Minnesota comes to town in the new year. It's a guaranteed goalfest in this East versus West match-up, with a whopping 27 nettings between the two sides in their previous 5 meetings. Will the Broadway Blueshirts give their signature "victory salute" at center ice, or will the Wild show up to spoil the party? 

March 10, 2022 
New York Rangers at St. Louis Blues 
Enterprise Center, St. Louis, MO 

'New York's "Broadway Blueshirts" make a trip to the Midwest to take on the reigning Western Conference champions, the St. Louis Blues. The Blues swept the Rangers home and away in the last year's campaign— New York will be looking to get even. This will be a tough matchup for the Rangers as they try to get back to winning ways, but with a fanbase that travels in droves, it might just give them enough to pull off a huge upset away from home. One thing is certain— the Enterprise Center will be absolutely rocking for this one. 

We can't wait to get back on the ice, and these matchups have gongshow written all over them. Still need to get your tickets? We've got you covered. Head over to to score your seats for all of this season's biggest games, and don't forget— with Vivid Seats Rewards, every ticket you purchase earns you a stamp. Collect ten stamps to receive a Reward Credit (worth the average value of the ten stamps) which can be used for tickets to another event! Learn more about our Vivid Seats Rewards here

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