Depending on team availability, the game will either be Saturday, Sept. 27 or Saturday, Oct. 4. Candidates for the Sept. 27 game are St. Louis, Detroit, Chicago and Minnesota. If the game is Oct. 4, it would probably pit either Phoenix or Chicago against the Los Angeles Kings, who are owned by Anschutz Entertainment Group, which manages the Sprint Center.
There’s still one holdup in announcing the game. The Nashville Predators, who are under new ownership, have yet to formally sign their new lease at the Sommet Center in Nashville. The lease was supposed to be signed this week, but the Metro Council has postponed its vote until April 15.
“We didn’t want to schedule any preseason games until the Nashville Predators situation has fully played out,” said Paul McGannon, president of NHL21.
After seeing basketball games, concerts and ice shows, it will be nice to watch a hockey game in the new arena.
“We’re going to have an NHL product in one way, shape or form, pending working out schedules for different NHL teams,” McGannon said. “We’ll sell out whoever comes in, and we’ll price it that way, so we fill the building. That’s the whole idea, to send a strong message to the league on a regular basis in the form of sold-out preseason games.”