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NHL releases the 2012-13 schedule

Jun 21, 2012, 11:18 AM EDT

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The NHL has released their 2012-13 regular season schedule.

The campaign will kick off on Oct. 11 with a double hitter on NBCSN. The Boston Bruins will play on the road against the Philadelphia Flyers before the Colorado Avalanche host the St. Louis Blues. If you’re in Canada, then CBC will show the Montreal Canadiens visit the Ottawa Senators, followed by the Vancouver Canucks opening contest in Calgary.

The following day, NBCSN will have coverage of the Los Angeles Kings’ season opener. The Kings will raise their first Stanley Cup banner before hosting the New York Rangers. The Kings and New Jersey Devils will have a Stanley Cup rematch on Feb. 9 in New Jersey.

In case you needed further confirmation, the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs will play at Michigan Stadium on Jan. 1 for the 2013 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. Naturally, you’ll be able to see that game on NBC.

There will be no regular season games between Jan. 24-28 so that the league can break for the NHL All-Star Weekend in Columbus.

Finally, the season will conclude on April 13 with a whopping 14 games.

You can go to the to view the complete schedule.

  1. rainyday56 - Jun 21, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    NHL should sit this draft out and let the German, Swiss and Austrian leagues draft this sorry lot directly.

    That is where they will end up playing if at all.

    • rainyday56 - Jun 21, 2012 at 11:26 AM

      See previous post for relevance to above comment. :)

    • miketoasty - Jun 21, 2012 at 11:53 AM

      Just because the latter rounds of the draft don’t seem promising to one person, doesn’t mean there won’t be plenty of talent being drafted by teams in this draft. I think we will see a lot of NHLers come out of this draft.

  2. govtminion - Jun 21, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Oct. 11 seems so far away…

  3. greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 21, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    It’s a good thing this schedule has Winnipeg playing their geographical rivals of Florida, Tampa, Washington, and Carolina.

  4. hockeyflow33 - Jun 21, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Solid opening matchup

  5. bcjim - Jun 21, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    If they had any sense, they would start and end the season 4-6 weeks earlier. Casual fans and fans of teams knocked out lose interest quickly in May/June.

    • pfpmb - Jun 21, 2012 at 4:14 PM

      I was thinking the same thing during the Stanley Cup due to the horrible ice conditions in both rinks. Grant it, September can also be pretty warm anywhere in North America.

      • 50milessouthofdetroit - Jun 21, 2012 at 9:09 PM

        if they started the season around october 1st, it could end around april 1st. the final could then be wrapped up around june 1st, or maybe even in may

  6. The Deep Dig - Jun 21, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    The NHL is no longer a big four major. Until they get back to that status, they’re a sub-league.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jun 21, 2012 at 8:54 PM

      How is this comment in any way relevant to the article, and what even makes you say this in the first place?

  7. buffalomafia - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Are coyotes moving?

    • thenewraoulduke - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:58 PM

      schedule has them playing at Arena.

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