Ranking The NHL Arenas

It goes without saying: Canadians love hockey. And hockey loves Canadians. The sport is both the most watched and most profitable sport in the country. The sport continues to grow in the United States and have some of the most passionate and tightknit communities. Hockey is great to watch on TV but is arguably the most exhilarating to watch live in the arena.

NHL Arenas Ranking

The fast-paced action, deafening cheers and booming hits all create an intense but incredibly fun atmosphere experienced only by attending an NHL game. We ranked all 30 NHL arenas by how great the experience is using a specific formula. [+]

  • a) Fan involvement: how loud and passionate the fans get. The fans ultimately make the most important criteria when attending any sporting event.
  • b) design (style): how well built the arena is both on the interior and exterior and this also factors in how good of a view fans get despite where they sit.
  • c) History: a house is not a home and an arena is just a building if it were not for the memories built by both the fans and the teams.
  • d) seating capacity: how many fans the arena can fit without losing quality.

Eastern Conference

  1. Nationwide Arena, Columbus
  2. Bell Centre, Montreal
  3. Joe Louis Arena, Detroit
  4. Madison Square Garden, New York City
  5. TD Garden, Boston
  6. Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh
  7. Air Canada Centre, Toronto
  8. KeyBank Center, Buffalo
  9. Amalie Arena, Tampa
  10. Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
  11. Verizon Center, Washington
  12. Barclays Center, Brooklyn
  13. Prudential Center, New Jersey
  14. BB&T Center, Sunrise
  15. Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa
  16. PNC Arena, Raleigh

Western Conference

  1. Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul
  2. United Center, Chicago
  3. Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary
  4. MTS Centre, Winnipeg
  5. Scottrade Center, St. Louis
  6. Bridgestone Arena, Nashville
  7. Gila River Arena, Phoenix
  8. American Airlines Center, Dallas
  9. Staples Center, Los Angeles
  10. SAP Center, San Jose
  11. Pepsi Center, Denver
  12. Rogers Place, Edmonton
  13. Rogers Arena, Vancouver
  14. Honda Center, Anaheim
  • Anaheim Ducks – Honda Center

    Say hello to the arena formerly known as the Pond. The Ducks have only called one arena home in their 20+ year history and that’s the Honda Center. It's such a woven-in part of the club's history [...]

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  • Arizona Coyotes – Gila River Arena

    As much as the bulk of Canada would like to see the Coyotes take up permanent residence north of the border, the Yotes are locked into life in Glendale. Well, at least until the next round of [...]

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  • Buffalo Sabres – First Niagara Center

    The historic Aud doesn't seem all that far behind in the rear view, but we're now approaching nearly 20 years of the Sabres being stationed at First Niagara Center. The building, which has undergone its share of [...]

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  • Calgary Flames – Scotiabank Saddledome

    If you want to immerse yourself in Flames history, Calgary's Scotiabank Saddledome is the place to start. Southern Alberta's most beloved sports franchise has called this uniquely shaped building home since 1983 with talents like Theo Fleury, [...]

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  • Carolina Hurricanes – PNC Arena

    Carolina may get little in the way of respect as a pro hockey market, but Canes fans can boast seeing their team play in a building that's hosted more Stanley Cup victories than the Bell Centre and [...]

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  • Chicago Blackhawks – United Center

    Say hello to the Madhouse on Madison Part II. The Chicago Blackhawks have been playing their home games at the United Center since 1994 and we imagine they're fond of their current digs. It may be missing the [...]

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  • Colorado Avalanche – Pepsi Center

    Quite possibly the only place in The Centennial State where an Avalanche is welcomed, Denver's Pepsi Center has served as the home of the Avs since 1999. Hall of Famers Patrick Roy, Joe Sakic and Peter Forsberg [...]

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  • Columbus Blue Jackets – Nationwide Arena

    For those about to rock (KABOOM!) we salute you! To put it diplomatically, Columbus has seen "mixed" results at the home base of their professional hockey club. Boasting a replica cannon, a penchant for AC/DC and a short [...]

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  • Dallas Stars – American Airlines Center

    Home ice advantage? What home ice advantage? The Dallas Stars are one of those peculiar teams that haven't had much luck in their own building, but can regularly scorch opponents outside of their barn. This multipurpose Victory [...]

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  • Detroit Red Wings – Joe Louis Arena

    Hello Joe! It's hard to imagine a Detroit temple of hockey that could possibly compete with the Olympia, but Joe Louis Arena has served proudly as the headquarters of Hockeytown since the twilight of the 70s. With [...]

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  • Edmonton Oilers – Rexall Place

    Good ol' Rexall Place. Or Northlands Coliseum if you're a hockey fan of a certain age/nostalgia. This building is the only the place the Oilers have called home during their NHL existence and has played host to [...]

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  • Florida Panthers – BB&T Center

    If you'd like to catch a National Hockey League game in person, Florida's BB&T Center can accomodate. After all, plenty of seats always seem to be available at this Sunrise-set arena. That said, maybe a string of [...]

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  • Los Angeles Kings – Staples Center

    The Great Western Forum may have had more of an allure, but the Staples Center is where Los Angeles began their Stanley Cup collection. After some shaky rebuilding years, the Kings have transformed their home rink into [...]

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  • Minnesota Wild – Xcel Energy Center

    The Met Center used to be Minnesota's hockey mecca, but now it's the Xcel Energy Center that serves as the state's NHL hub. It's only building that the Wild have ever called home and it's up to [...]

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  • Montreal Canadiens – Bell Centre

    It's hard to believe, but the Habs are approaching 20 years of calling the Bell Centre home. The cherished Forum may be a landmark from a different era, but Montreal's perpetually obsessed with showcasing the heritage of [...]

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  • Nashville Predators – Bridgestone Arena

    Welcome to Smashville! Tennessee's hockey home has become a frightening place to play for reasons that go beyond the mustard yellow that can spotted throughout the building. The Bridgestone Arena played host to the most regular season [...]

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  • New Jersey Devils – Prudential Center

    The Devils have called the Prudential Center home since 2007 after making the leap from East Rutherford to Newark. Plunked in the city's downtown, New Jersey aiming to add another championship banner to the ones they transported [...]

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  • New York Islanders – Barclays Center

    NO SLEEP TILL *guitar action* BROOKLYN! It's a brand new era for the New York Islanders as they leave Long Island and Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum to begin life as Brooklyn's official NHL club. Will a combo [...]

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  • New York Rangers – Madison Square Garden

    With our apologies to the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Manhattan's Madison Square Garden is North America's most glamourous hockey cathedral. Filled with history and character, MSG has seen its share of New York Rangers highs and [...]

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  • Ottawa Senators – Canadian Tire Centre

    After a brief stay at the very cozy Ottawa Civic Centre, the Sens made their way to the suburbs to set up shop at the building now known as the Canadian Tire Centre. This Kanata-based building has [...]

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  • Philadelphia Flyers – Wells Fargo Center

    The Philadelphia Flyers have been an absolute trainwreck of late, but that hasn't stopped the city's die-hards from coming out a screaming their lungs out in support of the team in orange and black. The Wells Fargo [...]

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  • Pittsburgh Penguins – Consol Energy Center

    Say howdy to the modern Igloo. The Penguins are currently on the hunt for new ownership and they're in the process of trying to sell the team that plays in this particular rink. Since 2010, the Consol [...]

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  • San Jose Sharks – SAP Center

    The National Hockey League's Sun Belt cities have been unfairly painted with a one size fits all brush by some pundits. The San Jose Sharks continue have defied southern expansion stereotypes and remain a club with a [...]

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  • St. Louis Blues – Scottrade Center

    The name on the building may have changed a handful of times since opening in 1994, but there's been no change to this arena serving as the home of NHL hockey in St. Louis for over two [...]

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  • Tampa Bay Lightning – Amalie Arena

    The Tampa Bay Lightning left the Thunderdome a couple decades back, but fans still bring the noise in Tampa's Amalie Arena. Fans have walked into this Sunshine State arena since the mid 90s and megastars like Steven [...]

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  • Toronto Maple Leafs – Air Canada Centre

    We live in a strange era where the Leafs have been in a new building for over a decade-and-a-half and Maple Leaf Gardens has a new life as a grocery store. The Buds have made a few [...]

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  • Vancouver Canucks – Rogers Arena

    A pair of Stanley Cup related riots have hurt the reputation of Canucks fans a tad, but supporters inside the arena have a well-earned rep for being a passionate lot that care about their squad. Since 1995, [...]

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  • Washington Capitals – Verizon Center

    It's the building where Caps fans rock the red. The Verizon Center has served as the home base for the Washington Capitals since the Clinton administration and supporters have had the opportunity to scream their lungs out [...]

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  • Winnipeg Jets – MTS Centre

    Whether they're the WHA Jets, original Jets or former Thrasher Jets, Winnipeg will embrace their pro hockey club all the same. Winnipeg's hockey fandom is ravenous and the return of the legendary Whiteout in the 2015 Stanley [...]

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  • Boston Bruins – TD Garden

    The TD Garden doesn't exactly have the name brand mystique of its long-running predecessor, but that doesn't mean the current building hasn't had its share of warm Bruins memories. New Englanders have flocked to this multipurpose facility [...]

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NHL Calendar

The NHL season goes from October to early June and is one of the longest-spanning seasons in sports. Teams play 82 games but can be interrupted around January-February for the Winter Olympics (every four years). Like the NBA, the NHL rarely takes times off but the teams have a lighter schedule and don’t play as many back-to-backs due to the game’s grueling nature. Factors like amount of rest, distance traveled etc. affect the performance of each team and should be analyzed before betting.

NHL TV Schedule In Canada

Rogers Sportsnet made an historic deal in acquiring the exclusive broadcasting rights to the NHL with an unheard-of deal worth 5.2 billion until the 2025-2026 season. The Canadian telecom giant will be broadcasting games through their many channels namely Sportsnet, Sportsnet 360 and their regional counterparts (blackout restrictions apply). Otherwise, CBC’s Hockey Night In Canada will continue to air (mostly) Canadian team games every Saturday. 

Best NHL Betting Sites In Canada

Hockey is in the blood of most Canadians and they don’t just play it or watch it, they bet on it. Our wide array of trusted bookmakers keep you in on the betting action. Their customer service is always ready to assist and they offer the best betting prices with plenty of betting options. On top of all that, they keep an update on any live games and have up-to-the-minute information on any game changes so you can bet wisely. A signup bonus of up to $200 is offered by many making it profitable for even the newest gambler.