The puck is about to drop on the 2016-17 NHL season commencing on Wednesday October 12, and hockey fans are beyond excited to pound the glass and cheer on their squads again. The NHL schedule is loaded with must-see games, including an incredible slate of highly anticipated, edge-of-your-seat rivalries from last season. We scanned the upcoming schedule and put together this list of NHL Stanley Cup® Playoff rematches so you can catch all the best NHL game action headed to a rink near you. Are you in?
Stanley Cup® Finals Rematch Rivalry
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. San Jose Sharks – Penguins won 4-2
Pittsburgh: Oct 20
San Jose: Nov 5
The Pittsburgh Penguins had the San Jose Sharks skating backwards, scoring first in every matchup except game five. The Sharks put up a valiant effort, but the Penguins prevailed in six games for their third Stanley Cup® victory. Pittsburgh will be looking to rub it in on October 20, while fans at the Shark Tank will be chumming the waters on November 5.
Conference Finals Rematch Rivalries
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Pittsburgh Penguins – Penguins won 4-3
Tampa Bay: Dec 10
Pittsburgh: Jan 8, Mar 3
Tampa Bay won all three head-to-head games in the regular season, but it ultimately came down to Pittsburgh’s clutch scoring ability in the final two games of this grueling series. Lightning fans get their first (and only) chance for vengeance when the Penguins fly south on December 10, while Pittsburgh hosts two games in the new year.
St. Louis Blues vs. San Jose Sharks – Sharks won 4-2
St. Louis: Nov 17
San Jose: Jan 14, Mar 16
Two teams fighting for their first Conference Championship – pure Stanley Cup® excitement. A combination of tight goal keeping and high scoring helped the Sharks claim the series in six and make their first Finals appearance. Fans in the Lou have marked their calendars for November 17 when they get their only chance at revenge against the team that denied them a shot at glory.
Second Round Rematch Rivalries
New York Islanders vs. Tampa Bay Lightning – Lightning won 4-1
New York: Nov 1, Nov 14
Tampa Bay: Nov 10
After shocking the reigning Eastern Conference champ Lightning with a 5-3 victory in game one, the New York Islanders gave up four straight as Tampa Bay stamped their ticket for another Conference Finals appearance. New York can get some revenge near the start of the season – in fact, all three of their rematches take place in a two-week span in early November.
Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins – Penguins won 4-2
Pittsburgh: Oct 13, Jan 16
Washington: Nov 16, Jan 11
The Caps came into the playoffs fresh off claiming the Presidents’ Trophy and securing home ice advantage throughout the postseason, but the Penguins’ scoring in overtime won the day. Washington will have to try their luck in Pittsburgh on October 13 before the Penguins visit the Capitals on November 16.
Dallas Stars vs. St. Louis Blues – Blues won 4-3
Dallas: Nov 3, Dec 20
St. Louis: Nov 28, Jan 7
This back-and-forth series went the distance, but the Stars are no doubt still feeling the sting of the 6-1 thumping that the Blues delivered in their series-clinching victory. The first regular season rematch gives the Stars home ice advantage at the American Airlines Center on November 3 before St. Louis hosts later that month.
San Jose Sharks vs. Nashville Predators – Sharks won 4-3
San Jose: Oct 29, Mar 11
Nashville: Mar 25
Impervious goal keeping at home ultimately helped the Sharks take this seven game showdown. Of their three matchups in the coming regular season, the first two have the Predators heading into the SAP Center before Nashville fans show their support at the Bridgestone Arena on March 25.
First Round Rematch Rivalries
Florida Panthers vs. New York Islanders – Islanders won 4-2
Florida: Nov 12, Jan 13
New York: Jan 11
Though they came into the playoffs as a wildcard, the New York Islanders managed to upset the Atlantic Division-leading Florida Panthers in six games – claiming their first series victory in over two decades. New York heads into enemy territory first on November 12 before hosting the Panthers on January 11.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Detroit Red Wings – Lightning won 4-1
Tampa Bay: Oct 13, Dec 20, Mar 30
Detroit: Nov 15, Mar 24
These two teams faced each other in the first round for two years in a row, and Tampa Bay has claimed victory in both series. But only a fool would count out the proud legacy of the Red Wings and their ferocious Detroit fanbase, who are sure to be out in full force November 15. Tampa Bay’s first chance to host comes on October 13.
Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers – Capitals won 4-2
Philadelphia: Dec 21, Feb 22
Washington: Jan 15, Mar 4
After the Caps took a 3-0 series lead, the Flyers made a savvy goaltending switch that helped them win the next two games and force a game six, but Washington ultimately won the day. Philly fans can’t wait to show their support at the Wells Fargo Center on December 21, while D.C. gets to host a little less than a month later on Jan 15.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Rangers – Penguins won 4-1
Pittsburgh: Nov 21, Dec 20
New York: Nov 23, Mar 31, Apr 9
The Penguins and Rangers have met in the last three playoffs, and New York had to feel bullish after winning in 2014 and 2015. Imagine their shock when Pittsburgh swept their games at Madison Square Garden for the swift five game series. Their first two matchups are only a couple days apart in late November, first at Pittsburgh and then the Big Apple.
Dallas Stars vs. Minnesota Wild – Stars won 4-2
Minnesota: Oct 29, Feb 16
Dallas: Nov 21, Jan 14, Jan 24
Though the Dallas Stars came in as the top team in the Western Conference, the Minnesota Wild proved their mettle with high-scoring victories in games three and five before bowing out. Expect the sparks to fly when these two squads face off in Minnesota on October 29 and then Dallas on November 21.
St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks – Blues won 4-3
Chicago: Oct 12, Feb 26
St. Louis: Nov 9, Dec 17, Jan 2
The Chicago Blackhawks showed compelling grit in forcing a game seven after division rivals the St. Louis Blues took a commanding 3-1 series lead, but the Blues came out on top in the series-deciding closer. Their first rematch hits Chicago’s United Center to open the season before the series plays three in a row at St. Louis’ Scottrade Center.
Anaheim Ducks vs. Nashville Predators – Predators won 4-3
Anaheim: Oct 26, Mar 7
Nashville: Nov 12
Nothing says playoff excitement like a seven game series that ends in an upset. It’s a good thing for Ducks fans that Anaheim hosts first on October 26, because they’ll be ready to let the Preds have it. Less than a month later on November 12, Nashville fans will get their chance to pounce.
San Jose Sharks vs. Los Angeles Kings – Sharks won 4-1
San Jose: Oct 12, Jan 3
Los Angeles: Nov 30, Dec 31, Jan 18
It must have felt pretty sweet for the Sharks to knock out their intra-state rival LA Kings in this short five game series. The Kings get their first shot for revenge against the divisional foe when they head to San Jose on the first day of the season (October 12) before hosting at Staples Center on November 30.
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