If the NHL can avoid another work stoppage, the schedule for the upcoming season is set.
The current collective bargaining agreement, though, expires Sept. 15.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said May 30 that he expected negotiations with the players’ association on a new CBA to begin in a couple of weeks. If there have been talks taking place or scheduled, the league isn’t saying.
The Hawks open up against Columbus at home Oct. 13.
The annual ‘circus trip’ for the Hawks is Nov. 14 to 23 for a six-game journey out west.
They also will have a season-long, seven-game homestand from Feb. 15 to March 1.
Opening night matchups Oct. 11 include Boston playing at Philadelphia, and Colorado hosting St. Louis.
Detroit will face Toronto in the Winter Classic on Jan. 1 at Michigan Stadium and the All-Star game is Jan. 27 in Columbus, Ohio.