Now it's starting to feel real.
The Columbus Blue Jackets announced their 2022 training camp schedule Monday, detailing all of the practices, exhibitions, and games leading up to opening night on October 12th.
Practice begins at 9 a.m. Thursday, September 22nd. Players will be split into three teams and runs until 3 p.m. A similar schedule is on tap for Friday, with an abbreviated 2:20 p.m. ending. Friday will see the first scrimmages between the groups.
Saturday's schedule is similar to Friday's 9 a.m. until 2:20 p.m, with the three groups rotating time slots from the first two days of camp. Practice and scrimmage sessions are open to the public Saturday at both the OhioHealth Ice Haus and Nationwide Arena. Doors open at 9 a.m, with games, prizes, and giveaways at the McConnell Street Plaza.
Goaltenders hit the ice at 9 a.m. Sunday, September 25th, in advance of the team's first preseason games of the season. While no announcement has been made official on if it will be group one or group three going to Pittsburgh for the 1 p.m. face-off at PPG Paints Arena, what is known is that group two will have a 10:00 a.m. pre-game skate on the ice at Nationwide Arena in advance of the 7 p.m. puck drop in Columbus. This will be the first and only split-squad series of the preseason.
|Sunday, 9/25||1 p.m.||@ Pittsburgh|
|Sunday, 9/25||7 p.m.||vs. Pittsburgh|
|Wednesday, 9/28||7 p.m.||vs. Buffalo|
|Thursday, 9/29||8 p.m.||@ St. Louis|
|Saturday, 10/1||7 p.m.||vs. Washington|
|Monday, 10/3||7 p.m.||@ Carolina|
|Thursday, 10/6||7 p.m.||vs. St Louis|
|Saturday, 10/8||7 p.m.||@ Washington|
There are a total of three off days scheduled during camp: Monday, September 26th and Friday, September 30th in next week and Friday, October 7th in the second full week.
Columbus begins the regular season Wednesday, October 12th on the road against the Carolina Hurricanes. Opening night at Nationwide Arena is Friday, October 14th against the Tampa Bay Lightning.