The Detroit Red Wings announced their 2021 preseason exhibition schedule on Monday.
The eight-game slate includes home and away games against the Buffalo Sabres, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Pittsburgh Penguins.
Detroit’s slate of opponents had remained relatively stable throughout the 2010s after the Boston Bruins replaced the Philadelphia Flyers in 2011. This marks the second major switch-up in as many preseasons, however. The New York Islanders replaced the Bruins in 2019 and, with no preseason games played in 2020, now the Islanders and Toronto Maple Leafs have been swapped out for the Sabres and Blue Jackets.
The full exhibition schedule is as follows:
|September 29, 2021||Chicago Blackhawks||United Center||8:30 PM|
|September 30, 2021||Buffalo Sabres||Little Caesars Arena||7:30 PM|
|October 2, 2021||Columbus Blue Jackets||Little Caesars Arena||7:00 PM|
|October 3, 2021||Pittsburgh Penguins||PPG Paints Arena||1:00 PM|
|October 4, 2021||Chicago Blackhawks||Little Caesars Arena||7:30 PM|
|October 6, 2021||Columbus Blue Jackets||Nationwide Arena||7:00 PM|
|October 7, 2021||Pittsburgh Penguins||Little Caesars Arena||7:30 PM|
|October 9, 2021||Buffalo Sabres||Key Bank Center||3:00 PM|
The 2021-22 regular season schedule is expected to be announced on Thursday.