The NHL schedule makers got to work with the 2023–24 regular season schedule, with the complete 82-game seasons for all 32 teams released prior to the 2023 NHL Draft. As such, the Calgary Flames shared their schedule, as they look to turn over a new leaf from their upsetting regular season finish last year.
Calgary Flames 2023–24 schedule details
The Flames start their year off at home against the Winnipeg Jets on October 11. As with the 32-team league and 82-game schedule, the Flames will face their Pacific Division opponents four times each. There are two exceptions against the Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks, where just three games will be played against them—the Flames play at home once against the Ducks and at home twice against the Sharks.
The Flames will face Central Division teams three times each with a balanced mix of home and away games, and of course will face Eastern Conference teams twice with one home and one away game each.
After their season-opener at home, they will immediately embark on their longest road trip of the season, which spans just five games against a handful of Eastern Conference teams. In October they’re set to play nine games—three at home and six on the road—where they’ll close out the month in an away game against the Edmonton Oilers.
In November, Calgary will be busy with 14 games played over the 30-day month, which includes two sets of road back-to-backs against Toronto and Ottawa and later on against Dallas and Colorado. Just six games will be played at home compared to eight on the road. By the end of November, the Flames will have six home games compared to 14 away games. To say it’s a tough start is an understatement. They’ll face the Stanley Cup champions on November 27 at home when the Vegas Golden Knights come to town.
In December, the Flames will continue and wrap up the first of two six-game homestands which marks their season-long streaks in that regard. They’ll play a total of 13 games, this time with home games taking the larger share with eight at the Saddledome. Their holiday games include facing Seattle on December 27 and Philadelphia on December 31. They also have a tough back-to-back on the road against the 2022 and 2023 Cup champions when they face Colorado on December 11 and Vegas on December 12.
January comes with a very interesting schedule quirk. For four straight weeks, they’ll play on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. There’s a seven to six home versus away split in January. Their second six-game homestand caps off January before they head into the All-Star break. Their biggest games will be on January 18 and 20 when the Maple Leafs and Oilers are in town.
In February the Flames play 10 games with a balanced five at home and five on the road. They’ll start with a four-game Eastern swing before returning home for another four. Both of their games against the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Bruins come in February, which should act as good litmus tests for what state the Flames are in.
March is busy for the Flames with another 14-game month on the dock. Funnily enough, they’ll face the two teams in Colorado and Vegas in a row again, although this time at home and with a day of rest in between. Another schedule quirk here is that March will consist of five Saturdays and the Flames are in action for all five. Their last game against an Eastern Conference team comes on March 24 against the visiting Buffalo Sabres.
In April, Calgary has seven games against Pacific Division teams and two against Central Division teams to close out their season. The last Battle of Alberta is on April 6, and the Flames wrap up their season at home on April 18 against the San Jose Sharks.
Puck drop is coming
While the regular season schedule was released before the draft—meaning there’s still months before training camps begin—the reality is that 2023–24 is just around the corner and there’s plenty of work to be done in the meantime. The full schedule can be found here on the Calgary Flames website.
The draft, free agency, and preparations for the new season will fill the missing hockey void and the new season will be here in no time.
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