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Report: Potential openers for Avs, Wild, Leafs, Sens, Habs, and Jets revealed

Jan 8, 2013, 10:28 PM EDT

Luke Schenn; Blake Geoffrion; AP

The full 48-game schedule hasn’t been revealed, but some preliminary details already seem to be leaking.

The season will begin on Jan. 19 and will feature at least one old and heated rivalry. The Montreal Canadiens will host the Toronto Maple Leafs, RDS’ Renaud Lavoie reports.

Elsewhere in Canada, the Winnipeg Jets will kick off their second season north of the border at home against the Ottawa Senators based on the Winnipeg Free Press’ sources.

Finally, the new-and-improved Minnesota Wild will reportedly start their season on the road, possibly against the Colorado Avalanche on Jan. 19. The two teams might then head to Minnesota for a rematch on Jan. 20, according to the Star Tribune.

It’s worth stressing that the schedule hasn’t been released so none of this is official. Additionally, it’s safe to assume that this isn’t a full list of the games that will take play on the first day of the shortened season.


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  1. jimw81 - Jan 8, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    i heard it’s flyers vs pens on back to back nights. LET’S GET IT ON!!

    • pensfan603 - Jan 9, 2013 at 8:02 AM

      Rather have it the second day, Watch Habs, Leafs Night one, then fliers and pens second night.

      • xflyersx - Jan 9, 2013 at 8:32 AM


  2. ron05342 - Jan 8, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    The Kings are apparently hosting also on Jan. 19; an opponent has not been leaked, however.

    • jimw81 - Jan 8, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      they are apart of the suppose double header on NBCSN with pens vs flyers.

      • jimw81 - Jan 8, 2013 at 10:40 PM

        that rumors i heard from twitter

  3. itsallniceonice - Jan 8, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    “The season will begin on Jan. 19 and will feature at least one old and heated rivalry. The Montreal Canadiens will host the Toronto Maple Leafs”

    Meh. Big disappointment for Bruins and Habs fans. Could have been a lot more fun for everyone.

    • bigbadbruins77 - Jan 8, 2013 at 10:41 PM

      I agree.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 9, 2013 at 1:01 AM

      Why? At least now the Canadiens will have a chance to win

      • homelanddefense - Jan 9, 2013 at 9:24 AM

        I wanted Bruins Habs too. Actually I would love to see Boston v Vancouver…….but that wont happen this year unless they both make the finals.

  4. atwatercrushesokoye - Jan 8, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Calgary is apparently opening in Edmonton so it looks like they’re going to start with as many regional rivalries as possible.

  5. bruinsfan19 - Jan 8, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    It’s got to be Bruins vs Habs opening night for the season. Much Better than Habs Leafs both non-playoff teams

  6. capsfan19 - Jan 8, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Bruins would be good! Ha but i think a one side affair…

  7. bigbadbruins77 - Jan 8, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Caps vs bruins would be good to after the crappy ot ending in the playoffs.

  8. nygdriveforfive - Jan 8, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    First road win for the Sens in the Peg.

  9. woodstakes - Jan 9, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    I would be surprised if the Wild would be on the road for the 19th.. it’s “Hockey Day Minnesota” that day. There’s this huge hockey celebration with all kinds of high school games played outdoors, on ponds, college rivalry (North Dakota at Minnesota) and USUALLY the Wild are the closing act. Pretty big deal in the ‘State of Hockey’, where hockey is as big as it is in Canada. Probably the only state that even comes close to the level of importance hockey is in Canada. It’s not like the league doesn’t know that and I would be utterly surprised if they would chose to open up play on that date and not have the Wild at home in an area that bleeds hockey. So I could see a home & home thing, but probably switched up, 19th in Minny and 20th in Colorado.

    • andrewsherylandharry - Jan 9, 2013 at 1:37 AM

      The Wild have often been on the road for HDiM so as to provide a later nightcap following a Gopher game so it makes sense.

      • samiratou - Jan 9, 2013 at 10:32 AM

        The Gopher game is currently scheduled for 5pm, and games vs. the Avs usually start at 8pm Central, so that would make a lot of sense from a timing standpoint. It’d be more fun to have the Wild in town that day, for sure, but the logistics seem to point to a road start.

  10. pooinyourface - Jan 9, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    yes kids playing hockey on ponds and high school games thus NOT watching/going to the Wild game

    • spiciercheez - Jan 9, 2013 at 9:49 AM

      It scheduled throughout the day so nothing overlaps much, basically non-stop hockey from the moment you wake up. Usually a pretty fun day!

  11. yanks33 - Jan 9, 2013 at 4:57 AM

    Great the Avs get to open the season against a much better Wil team… Son of a b*tch

  12. valoisvipers - Jan 9, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Habs vs Leafs it’s an all Canadian Cellar Dweller match up.
    Should be some good ole fist a cuffs in this one as all the new Habs will want to prove their toughness. Yes they got tougher but did not get better,sad way to rebuild if you ask me.

  13. thebadguyswon - Jan 10, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Habs are going to win it all.

    • valoisvipers - Jan 11, 2013 at 12:04 AM

      Thanks I needed a good laugh.

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