Bettman: NHL set to return to Europe

Blue Jackets headed to Helsinki in 2020 for two games vs. Avalanche

Blue Jackets headed to Helsinki in 2020 for two games vs. Avalanche

Bettman was talking to reporters before the Buffalo Sabres and the Tampa Bay Lightning play the first of their two games in the Swedish capital of Stockholm.

"We have kicked off our season with global games twice in the past decade and both times the trips have proved valuable for our team building, so we feel that this trip to Germany and the Czech Republic will be beneficial for our team", said Bruins President Cam Neely.

Columbus has also struggled defensively this season, giving up 3.38 goals per game. The Avalanche have allowed only 2.94 goals a game to be scored, but have killed off 83.3% of the opponents power plays this year.

The Avalanche are 5-2-1 at home. There have been 26 regular-season National Hockey League games played in Europe, with these two contests being the 27th and 28th such games.

What are the dates and times of the 2020 Global Series?

What is known for now though is that both the B's and Preds will finish their training camps in Europe and will each play an exhibition game against a European team.

Where is the Global Series being played?

The Bruins will begin next season far from home, as the team will participate in the NHL Global Series and begin their 2020-21 schedule with a head-to-head with the Nashville Predators in Prague, Czech Republic. The Predators will head to Bern, Switzerland, and play SC Bern at PostFinance Arena.

Later in the fall, the Colorado Avalanche and Columbus Blue Jackets will face off in a pair of regular-season games at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki.

Finland is property to a couple of the Avalanche gamers.

What are the players saying about the Global Series?

The Bruins have two players born in the Czech Republic - forwards David Krejci and David Pastrnak. The passionate fans and atmosphere were something I'll never forget. "We have guys that have been there and are from there and then to be able to bring our team and show our team around, I think our guys get excited for that". They managed to hold the Coyotes to two goals in their last game and will need a similar effort against the Avalanche to get the win.

"Opening the season in Prague and Northern Ireland back in 2010 was a very special experience to share with my family, friends and teammates", said Krejci.

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