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NHL rolls out the 2012-13 schedule

Jan 12, 2013, 11:10 PM EDT

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It’s finally time to dig out your travel agent’s phone number and start looking for excuses to get off work; the NHL’s 2012-13 season schedule has been released. You can scroll through the whole thing here and read more about it in this link.

(Also, go team-by-team here.)

If you don’t feel like clicking around, this post will cover some of the high points.

First, here are some key dates, via the NHL’s press release:

Opening Day: Saturday, Jan. 19
Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada: Saturday, Feb. 9
Hockey Day in America: Sunday, Feb. 17
Regular season concludes: Saturday, Apr. 27
NHL Draft Drawing: Monday, Apr. 29
Stanley Cup Playoffs begin: Tuesday, Apr. 30
Latest possible date for Stanley Cup Final: Friday, June 28

Want some individual games to watch? PHT will probably go deeper in-depth later, but here are a few that deserve attention off the bat with some help from

Jan. 19 (season opener)

The season kicks off with Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, Ottawa at Winnipeg, Chicago at Los Angeles, New York Rangers at Boston, Toronto at Montreal, New Jersey at the New York Islanders, Washington at Tampa Bay, Carolina at Florida, Detroit at St. Louis, Columbus at Nashville, Phoenix at Dallas, Colorado at Minnesota, and Anaheim at Vancouver.

Jan. 26 (Los Angeles at Phoenix)

The Kings return to face the Coyotes in Glendale. Will the ‘Yotes try to extract revenge against Dustin Brown for that controversial knee-to-knee?

March 9 (Minnesota at Nashville)

Ryan Suter and his new team, the Wild, visit his old home in Nashville. Will he hug it out with Shea Weber before the game?

April 20 (Phoenix at Chicago)

Remember that Raffi Torres hit on Marian Hossa? The Blackhawks surely do – and the polarizing hitter’s suspension should be over by then.

April 27 (season conclusion)

The last day of the season includes Jordan Staal playing in Pittsburgh, as well as the possible final games for Jaromir Jagr, Daniel Alfredsson and Teemu Selanne. Here’s the list of end-of-the-season skirmishes:

New Jersey at New York Rangers, Montreal at Toronto, Philadelphia at Ottawa, Carolina at Pittsburgh, Boston at Washington, Florida at Tampa Bay, Nashville at Columbus, Minnesota at Colorado, Chicago at St. Louis, Detroit at Dallas, Vancouver at Edmonton, Phoenix at Anaheim and San Jose at Los Angeles.

The NHL’s handy press release lists the opening games for each NHL team:


ANAHEIM – Saturday, Jan. 19, at Vancouver
BOSTON – Saturday, Jan. 19, vs. NY Rangers
BUFFALO – Sunday, Jan. 20, vs. Philadelphia
CALGARY – Sunday, Jan. 20, vs. San Jose
CAROLINA – Saturday, Jan. 19, at Florida
CHICAGO – Saturday, Jan. 19, at Los Angeles
COLORADO – Saturday, Jan. 19, at Minnesota
COLUMBUS – Saturday, Jan. 19, at Nashville
DALLAS – Saturday, Jan. 19, vs. Phoenix
DETROIT – Saturday, Jan. 19, at St. Louis
EDMONTON – Sunday, Jan. 20, at Vancouver
FLORIDA – Saturday, Jan. 19, vs. Carolina
LOS ANGELES – Saturday, Jan. 19, vs. Chicago
MINNESOTA – Saturday, Jan. 19, vs. Colorado
MONTREAL – Saturday, Jan. 19, vs. Toronto
NASHVILLE – Saturday, Jan. 19, vs. Columbus
NEW JERSEY – Saturday, Jan. 19, at NY Islanders
NY ISLANDERS – Saturday, Jan. 19, vs. New Jersey
NY RANGERS – Saturday, Jan. 19, at Boston
OTTAWA – Saturday, Jan. 19, at Winnipeg
PHILADELPHIA – Saturday, Jan. 19, vs. Pittsburgh
PHOENIX – Saturday, Jan. 19, at Dallas
PITTSBURGH – Saturday, Jan. 19, at Philadelphia
ST. LOUIS – Saturday, Jan. 19, vs. Detroit
SAN JOSE – Sunday, Jan. 20, at Calgary
TAMPA BAY – Saturday, Jan. 19, vs. Washington
TORONTO – Saturday, Jan. 19, at Montreal
VANCOUVER – Saturday, Jan. 19, vs. Anaheim
WASHINGTON – Saturday, Jan. 19, at Tampa Bay
WINNIPEG – Saturday, Jan. 19, vs. Ottawa

And since you’ve waited up all night for these details, that release also painstakingly lists home openers (the Ducks sure wait a long time, don’t they?):


ANAHEIM – Friday, Jan. 25, Vancouver
BOSTON – Saturday, Jan. 19, NY Rangers
BUFFALO – Sunday, Jan. 20, Philadelphia
CALGARY – Sunday, Jan. 20, San Jose
CAROLINA – Tuesday, Jan. 22, Tampa Bay
CHICAGO – Tuesday, Jan. 22, St. Louis
COLORADO – Tuesday, Jan. 22, Los Angeles
COLUMBUS – Monday, Jan. 21, Detroit
DALLAS – Saturday, Jan. 19, Phoenix
DETROIT – Tuesday, Jan. 22, Dallas
EDMONTON – Tuesday, Jan. 22, San Jose
FLORIDA – Saturday, Jan. 19, Carolina
LOS ANGELES – Saturday, Jan. 19, Chicago
MINNESOTA – Saturday, Jan. 19, Colorado
MONTREAL – Saturday, Jan. 19, Toronto
NASHVILLE – Saturday, Jan. 19, Columbus
NEW JERSEY – Tuesday, Jan. 22, Philadelphia
NY ISLANDERS – Saturday, Jan. 19, New Jersey
NY RANGERS – Sunday, Jan. 20, Pittsburgh
OTTAWA – Monday, Jan. 21, Florida
PHILADELPHIA – Saturday, Jan. 19, Pittsburgh
PHOENIX – Sunday, Jan. 20, Chicago
PITTSBURGH – Wednesday, Jan. 23, Toronto
ST. LOUIS – Saturday, Jan. 19, Detroit
SAN JOSE – Thursday, Jan. 24, Phoenix
TAMPA BAY – Saturday, Jan. 19, Washington
TORONTO – Monday, Jan. 21, Buffalo
VANCOUVER – Saturday, Jan. 19, Anaheim
WASHINGTON – Tuesday, Jan. 22, Winnipeg
WINNIPEG – Saturday, Jan. 19, Ottawa

  1. bensawesomeness - Jan 12, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Schedule aside, seriously, how hard would it have been to make the season 100 days long. One extra day. Seriously, people.

    Also, anybody know when the tickets go on sale?

    • tarotsujimoto74 - Jan 12, 2013 at 11:28 PM

      I’m guessing it varies team by team, but individual games for the sabres go on sale the 15th I believe.

  2. mudkip23 - Jan 12, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    I’m just happy I don’t have to read an article with a “sports legal expert” for atleast 8 years.

  3. sportsfan69 - Jan 12, 2013 at 11:26 PM


    Do you see a theme or do I have to point out the obvious?

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 13, 2013 at 12:34 AM

      No, we all know that is the number worn for awhile by Rick Dudley and Wilf Paiement.

  4. sportsfan69 - Jan 12, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Let’s Go Rangers!

  5. husky2score - Jan 12, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Probably not, but does anybody know if these changes will be applied to the NHL 13 video game in some way? Just wondering.

  6. dkphilly1122 - Jan 12, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Flyers tickets go on sale Tuesday January 15th at 10:00 a.m. So I am sure every teams should than as well.

  7. zetaone - Jan 12, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Be nice if they made Gamecenter Live free or half price for last year’s subscribers. I don’t have a TV subscription for Center Ice, so I watch on my PC.

    • lordfletcher - Jan 13, 2013 at 12:35 AM

      center ice is almost impossible but gamecenter the league owns. No reason they shouldn’t be handing that out to everyone with an internet connection

      • jaybyrd99 - Jan 13, 2013 at 6:45 AM

        I agree but have a sense it isnt going to happen. The folks who go the games may get some ticket/merchandise/concession deals at some arenas(nashville,TB are doing it) but for the rest i fear it’s ” thank you fans ” on the ice. Hope i’m wrong . Hockey fans are hardcore and i believe the major markets win’t miss a beat ,so why give the house away.fortunately or unfortunatelupy i’m one of them .

      • jaybyrd99 - Jan 13, 2013 at 6:48 AM

        *won’t* and *unfortunately*

      • lordfletcher - Jan 13, 2013 at 9:26 AM


        I agree. I don’t see the league doing anything and I think they will let each team decide on their own if they want to offer anything to their fans.

        MN is having another free scrimmage on wed night at 7 and a hot rumor going around is at the hockey lodges (MN Wild merchandise stores, about 5 of them in the twin cities) will be offering 50% off everything except game worn merch…. so in other words I can pick up a new Parise jersey for $90 or whatever it comes out to be.

      • lordfletcher - Jan 13, 2013 at 9:28 AM

        just found it.

        here is a list of things the Wild are doing.. nothing great, but heck its a start|MIN|home

      • jericoc - Jan 14, 2013 at 10:14 AM

        I don’t know how big a discount DirecTV plans to offer for Center Ice, but it probably won’t be enough for me as a Rangers fan. Twenty of the team’s games will not be on Center Ice …

  8. hockeyfan28 - Jan 13, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Pittsburgh and Philly opening the season gee wonder if the guys on NBC had anything to
    do with the schedule on that one…hoping Pierre’s mike shorts out the man should just wear
    penguins pajamas

    • mmmpierogi - Jan 13, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      “Pittsburgh and Philly opening the season gee wonder if the guys on NBC had anything to do with the schedule on that one…”

      What are you whining about. Philly/Pittsburgh is one of the NHL’s most heated rivalries at present and one that’s been around for a while. Why does it not make sense to open the season with that.

  9. jessethegreat - Jan 13, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Now that my nfl season cheering is over with (my packers got destroyed by the 49ers today) its finally sinking in that we really do have hockey back!

    The commish takes a lot of rightful criticism, but I’d personally like to thank him for getting us hockey back. Disappointed with my packets having my wild back does take some of the sadness away.

    Sorry for my incoherent rambling, but

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jan 13, 2013 at 1:24 AM

      once again, the Packers win the division and play 1 more game than the Vikings.

  10. lordfletcher - Jan 13, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    sadly I will be in Vegas over March 9th so I can’t road trip to Nashville to troll the hatters :)

    I like the Wilds last 11 games of the regular season. 2 against Columbus, Calgary and one vs Colorado.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jan 13, 2013 at 1:16 AM

      Those 11 games will be important to the other teams we play because we will be playing spoiler… Since home ice will have already been wrapped up 😉

  11. highlander24 - Jan 13, 2013 at 1:08 AM


  12. greatminnesotasportsmind - Jan 13, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    It’s finally time to dig out your travel agent’s phone number and start looking for excuses to get off work;

    well being the Wild have division games in the early time zones of Colorado, Vancouver, Edmonton, and Calgary; I’m guessing it won’t be too hard to leave work on time and get home for the drop of the puck. Heck, I’ll have bonus time to eat dinner, read a book to the kids, help them with their homework, hangout with the wife, take a nap, tuck the kids into bed, do the dishes, clean the house, wash the car, take a shower, shave, watch the prime time shows (on NBC course), and I will still have plenty of time before the game starts.

  13. deezenucks - Jan 13, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    I get that it’s a short season and your trying to fit as many games in as possible…. But it’s pretty lame the west won’t be playing the east, AT ALL, unless its the finals?! (i only checked the canucks sched but i assume its the same for all) I mean really, one road trip would have been nice, this sched is garbage.

    • lordfletcher - Jan 13, 2013 at 9:35 AM

      what would the difference be in playing only 3 teams in the East on a road trip than not playing any at all…. I don’t get what you are complaining about. Just be happy hockey is back. :)

      in a 48 game schedule you HAVE to play as many games within your division and conference. If this was a 62 game schedule, you would see a lot more games out East, but this regular season, there just isn’t enough room.

      • deezenucks - Jan 13, 2013 at 9:58 PM

        The difference? lol…. the difference would be 3 games against other teams, different players, tactics, talent. Its always a treat when your team gets the national broadcast because its the one game the canucks play against the penguins per year as an example.
        And I, like many people would like to see how my team stacks up to some of the east talent?
        And on the other side, I like to go to the “once a season” games when they come to town, Penguins, Flyers, Canadians, Caps, Rangers etc. much more then just another wednesday night when the wild or stars are visiting.

        But comon man, this lockout was ridiculous and I was sick of hearing about it. Im not gonna be a sheep here, YES I’m happy hockey is back, I have lived it and played it for 25 years. Its wasn’t just part of my life, it WAS my life growing up in Calgary and I watch hockey like its a religion itself.
        But Im not just gonna mindlessly head back to the rink and give them my money. I wish fans would take their own stand here and lock themselves out for a week even just to show Bettman, owners and players that we have a voice. It’s our money they need. Here in canada they will come back but in some american cities its gonna be rough.

  14. datsyukx13 - Jan 13, 2013 at 2:48 AM

    Go Wings!!!!!

  15. firmtwelve - Jan 13, 2013 at 5:32 AM

    Go Penguins!!!!!

  16. nvillano - Jan 13, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    it looks as if the Southeast division is no longer the Southleast division

    • pensfan603 - Jan 13, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      I don tknow if anyone else saw but the combination of red wings vs. Kings, Kings vs Red wings, is being nationally televised like 4 times plus Red wings St. louis once, and Red Wings Chicago twice, and thats just on NBC, i think with NBC Sports everytime any combination of Red Wings, Kings, and Blawkhawks play is being nationally televised. obviously media driven rivalry they want to start.

      and go pens.

  17. seamusmartin - Jan 14, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    I’m from the northern Iowa, played hockey in younger years and watched hockey most of my life. Now live in Arizona and thank God they have have more hockey here than most would expect: Juniors, College — AZ St. & AZ, Double A and NHL. I just wish the single game tickets to the Coyotes were less. I’m still checking, but so far the lowest price I can come up with is is $40! I’ll go to some “Kiyots” (as we in the north call the varmints) games but will watch the college more. College is $10. I’ll just keep my stick on the ice and keep looking for a better deal than what I’ve found so far, but I’m elated the “Kiyots” are back in action!

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