Detroit Red Wings announce 2021-22 exhibition schedule: First game is Sept. 29

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After making do with three intra-squad scrimmages as warm-up games the past season because of the pandemic, the Detroit Red Wings will have the usual exhibition season this fall.

Because of the pandemic, teams only had little more than a week to prepare for the 2021 season. The Wings played three scrimmages at the practice facility at Little Caesars Arena as a tune-up, experimenting with the lines and defense pairings that would be used once the regular season began.

Red Wings goaltender Thomas Greiss stops a Lightning center Brayden Point shot in the first period on Saturday, May 1, 2021, at Little Caesars Arena.
Red Wings goaltender Thomas Greiss stops a Lightning center Brayden Point shot in the first period on Saturday, May 1, 2021, at Little Caesars Arena.

The regular season schedule is expected to be released this week, and the anticipation is it will have a break for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

The eight-game exhibition slate begins with a game at Chicago on Sept. 29, followed by the home preseason opener against the Sabres on Sept. 30.

Red Wings 2021 exhibition schedule

Sept. 29: at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.

Sept. 30: vs. Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 2: vs. Columbus, 7 p.m.

Oct. 3: at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.

Oct. 4: vs. Chicago, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 6: at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Oct. 7: vs. Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 9: at Buffalo, 3 p.m.

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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: NHL releases 2021-22 Detroit Red Wings preseason schedule