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2013-2014 NHL Schedule Released

Head over to NHL.com for the complete schedule.

You of course can break it down by team, home games, etc.

added 1:11pm, NEW YORK (July 19, 2013) – The Chicago Blackhawks will raise their second Stanley Cup® championship banner in four years and the NHL will feature a new conference and division alignment when the 2013-14 NHL regular season opens on Tuesday, Oct., 1. The 1,230-game regular season, 82 games per team, concludes on Sunday, April 13, with the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs beginning Wednesday, April 16.

National television partners NBC, NBC Sports Network, CBC, TSN, TSN2, RDS and NHL Network once again will bring live NHL action to fans during the 2013-14 regular season.

In the U.S., NBC and NBC Sports Network enter the third season of their 10-year agreement with the NHL, the largest media rights deal in League history. It also marks the ninth consecutive season both networks have served as a national television partner of the NHL in the U.S.

In Canada, CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada begins its 61st regular season of NHL® broadcasts. TSN, whose relationship with the NHL dates to 1987, continues as the League’s national English-language cable partner. French-language telecast partner RDS has been televising NHL games since its inception in 1989 and enters its 11th consecutive season presenting every Montreal Canadiens game.

For full 2013-14 regular-season schedules, including television information, please visit http://www.nhl.com/schedules.

NHL Face-Off

Opening night is highlighted by NHL Face-Off, the League’s North American launch event. Prior to the first game of the season, in which the Toronto Maple Leafs visit the Montreal Canadiens live on CBC, a hockey and entertainment festival in Montreal will give fans the opportunity to celebrate the start of the hockey season. Further punctuating the return of the NHL, that evening the Chicago Blackhawks will commemorate their 2013 Stanley Cup championship by raising a banner to the United Center rafters prior to their game against the visiting Washington Capitals. That game will be televised nationally by NBC Sports Network in the U.S. Later on that night, the Winnipeg Jets visit the Edmonton Oilers in the second game of CBC’s doubleheader.

2013 Discover NHL Thanksgiving Showdown

NBC again begins its NHL broadcast coverage this season the day after Thanksgiving in the U.S. on Friday, Nov. 29, with a 1 p.m. ET Original Six match-up featuring the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins in the Bruins’ traditional day-after-Thanksgiving home matinee at TD Garden.  

Outdoor Games

As previously announced, six regular-season games will be played in outdoor locations this season: the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic® and the four-game 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™.

The games, in chronological order, are scheduled as follows:

2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®

·        Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Detroit Red Wings – Michigan Stadium
Wednesday, Jan. 1, 12:30 p.m. ET

Coors Light NHL Stadium Series

·        Anaheim Ducks vs. Los Angeles Kings – Dodger Stadium
Saturday, Jan. 25, 9:30 p.m. ET
NBC Sports Network, CBC

·        New York Rangers vs. New Jersey Devils – Yankee Stadium
Sunday, Jan. 26, 12:30 p.m. ET

·        New York Rangers vs. New York Islanders – Yankee Stadium
Wednesday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m. ET
NBC Sports Network

·        Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Chicago Blackhawks – Soldier Field
Saturday, March 1, 8 p.m. ET

2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic®

·        Ottawa Senators vs. Vancouver Canucks – BC Place
Sunday, March 2, 4 p.m. ET
CBC, RDS, NBC Sports Network

Olympic Break

The League will pause from Feb. 9-25, 2014, while NHL players comprise the majority of the rosters of the national teams competing in Sochi for Olympic gold. The NHL season resumes Wednesday, Feb. 26 with a slate of four games.


Effective this season, the NHL will operate under a new divisional alignment and scheduling matrix that ensures that all 30 teams play in all 30 arenas at least once a season. In creating more geographically-appropriate groupings, the NHL now has two eight-team divisions in the Eastern Conference and two seven-team divisions in the Western Conference:

Pacific Division Central Division Metropolitan Division Atlantic Division
Anaheim Chicago Carolina Boston
Calgary Colorado Columbus Buffalo
Edmonton Dallas New Jersey Detroit
Los Angeles Minnesota NY Islanders Florida
Phoenix Nashville NY Rangers Montreal
San Jose St. Louis Philadelphia Ottawa
Vancouver Winnipeg Pittsburgh Tampa Bay
    Washington Toronto











New Regular-Season Schedule Matrix

Western Conference (7-Team Divisions)

Within Conference (Division): 29 games

* 5 games vs. five teams (3 Home/2 Away vs. two teams, 2 Home/3 Away vs. three teams) AND 4 games vs. one team (2 Home/2 Away). Teams rotated on a yearly basis.

* 5 X 5 =25 games

* 1 X 4 = 4 games

Within Conference (Non-Division): 21 games

* 3 games vs. each team (2 Home/1 Away vs. four teams, 1 Home/2 Away vs. three teams). Teams rotated on a yearly basis.

* 3 X 7 = 21 games

Non-Conference: 32 games

* 2 games vs. each team (1 Home/1 Away)

* 2 X 16 = 32 games

(Exception: one team from each division plays one less game inside Division and one more game inside Conference outside Division)

Eastern Conference (8-Team Divisions)

Within Conference (Division): 30 games

* 5 games vs. two teams (3 Home/2 Away vs. one team, 2 Home/3 Away vs. one team) AND 4 games vs. five teams (2 Home/2 Away). Teams rotated on a yearly basis.

* 5 X 2 =10 games

* 4 X 5 = 20 games

Within Conference (Non-Division): 24 games

* 3 games vs. each team (2 Home/1 Away vs. four teams, 1 Home/2 Away vs. four teams). Teams rotated on a yearly basis.

* 3 X 8 = 24 games

Non-Conference: 28 games

* 2 games vs. each team (1 Home/1 Away)

* 2 X 14 = 28 games

When the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin on Wednesday, April 16, they will have a new Division-based format. The top three finishers in each Division will qualify for the first 12 spots in the Stanley Cup Playoffs (and the first three "seeds" in each Division). The two additional playoff spots in each Conference, designated as "Wild Cards," will be awarded to the next two highest-placed finishers in each Conference, ranked on the basis of regular-season points and regardless of Division. The League will play under this new alignment and playoff system for a minimum of three seasons, through the 2015-16 NHL season.

Schedule Notes

Training Camp Opens           Wednesday, Sept. 11
Exhibition Games Begin        Friday, Sept. 13
Regular Season Opens        Tuesday, Oct. 1
Hall of Fame Game                Friday, Nov. 8
Christmas Break                Tuesday, Dec. 24 – Thursday, Dec. 26
Scotiabank Hockey Day In Canada        Saturday, Jan. 18
Olympic Break                Sunday, Feb. 9 – Tuesday, Feb. 25
Last Day of Regular Season        Sunday, April 13
Stanley Cup Playoffs Begin        Wednesday, April 16

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Paul's avatar

Any reaction the the division names?

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/19/13 at 12:27 PM ET


Meh, not real creative but the NHL brass hasn’t done what I’d like in a very long time.  So call ‘em whatever and let’s play hockey.

Posted by BobTheZee on 07/19/13 at 01:02 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

Metropolitan ??? UUUUGGGGHHHH The NHL never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity

Posted by Evilpens on 07/19/13 at 01:11 PM ET

Steve in San Francisco's avatar

I guess Bettman thought “Metropolitan” was slightly better than “The Division The Rangers Are In”.

Posted by Steve in San Francisco on 07/19/13 at 01:30 PM ET

UMFan's avatar

Any reaction the the division names?

Well Metropolitan is better than leaders and legends, so the NHL has that going for itself. Metropolitan will end up getting called the metro division or some variation thereof anyways as multisyllable naming tends to get shortened.

Posted by UMFan from Denver, Colorado on 07/19/13 at 01:55 PM ET

SYF's avatar

More teams in this Metro division are on the actual Atlantic seaboard than the Atlantic division.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 07/19/13 at 02:21 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Red Wings play the Bruins on the B’s annual 1PM Columbus Day game, cool!

Already have that scheduled as a “day off” from work.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 07/19/13 at 02:55 PM ET

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