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by George Malik on 06/21/12 at 12:16 PM ET
Updated 5x with more sked reaction at 12:58 PM: NHL.com just posted every team’s 2012-2013 schedule, and here’s the the Red Wings’ sked.
Home games are in bold print and away games are italicized:
DATE VISITING TEAM HOME TEAM TIME
Fri Oct 12, 2012 Nashville vs. Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Tue Oct 16, 2012 Detroit @ Buffalo 7:00 PM ET
Thu Oct 18, 2012 Detroit @ St Louis 8:00 PM ET
Sat Oct 20, 2012 Detroit @ Chicago 8:30 PM ET
Mon Oct 22, 2012 Vancouver vs. Detroit 6:00 PM ET
Tue Oct 23, 2012 Detroit @ Columbus 7:00 PM ET
Fri Oct 26, 2012 San Jose vs. Detroit 7:00 PM ET
Sat Oct 27, 2012 Detroit @ Winnipeg 7:00 PM ET
Tue Oct 30, 2012 Detroit @ Vancouver 10:00 PM ET
Thu Nov 1, 2012 Detroit @ Calgary 9:30 PM ET
Sat Nov 3, 2012 Detroit @ Edmonton 3:30 PM ET
Tue Nov 6, 2012 Edmonton vs. Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Fri Nov 9, 2012 Calgary vs. Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Sat Nov 10, 2012 Minnesota vs. Detroit 7:00 PM ET
Tue Nov 13, 2012 Dallas vs. Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Thu Nov 15, 2012 New Jersey vs. Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Sat Nov 17, 2012 Detroit @ Minnesota 8:00 PM ET
Mon Nov 19, 2012 Pittsburgh vs. Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Wed Nov 21, 2012 St Louis vs. Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Fri Nov 23, 2012 Detroit @ Florida 7:30 PM ET
Sat Nov 24, 2012 Detroit @ Tampa Bay 7:00 PM ET
Tue Nov 27, 2012 Phoenix vs. Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Thu Nov 29, 2012 Los Angeles vs. Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Sat Dec 1, 2012 San Jose vs. Detroit 7:00 PM ET
Tue Dec 4, 2012 Colorado vs. Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Fri Dec 7, 2012 Washington vs. Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Mon Dec 10, 2012 Boston vs. Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Thu Dec 13, 2012 Phoenix vs. Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Sat Dec 15, 2012 Detroit @ Nashville 8:00 PM ET
Tue Dec 18, 2012 Los Angeles vs. Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Thu Dec 20, 2012 NY Islanders vs. Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Sat Dec 22, 2012 Columbus vs. Detroit 7:00 PM ET
Wed Dec 26, 2012 Detroit @ Carolina 7:00 PM ET
Thu Dec 27, 2012 Detroit @ Pittsburgh 7:00 PM ET
Sat Dec 29, 2012 Detroit @ Ottawa 7:00 PM ET
Tue Jan 1, 2013 Toronto vs. Detroit 1:00 PM ET
Fri Jan 4, 2013 Nashville vs. Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Sun Jan 6, 2013 Detroit @ Chicago 8:00 PM ET
Wed Jan 9, 2013 Detroit @ San Jose 10:30 PM ET
Sat Jan 12, 2013 Detroit @ Los Angeles 10:30 PM ET
Sun Jan 13, 2013 Detroit @ Anaheim 8:00 PM ET
Tue Jan 15, 2013 Detroit @ Phoenix 9:00 PM ET
Thu Jan 17, 2013 Vancouver vs. Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Sun Jan 20, 2013 Detroit @ St Louis 7:30 PM ET
Tue Jan 22, 2013 Calgary vs. Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Wed Jan 30, 2013 Montréal vs. Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Fri Feb 1, 2013 St Louis vs. Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Sat Feb 2, 2013 Detroit @ Philadelphia 7:00 PM ET
Tue Feb 5, 2013 Columbus vs. Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Thu Feb 7, 2013 Detroit @ Phoenix 9:00 PM ET
Fri Feb 8, 2013 Detroit @ Dallas 8:00 PM ET
Sun Feb 10, 2013 Detroit @ St Louis 7:30 PM ET
Wed Feb 13, 2013 Chicago vs. Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Fri Feb 15, 2013 Colorado vs. Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Sun Feb 17, 2013 Detroit @ Minnesota 7:30 PM ET
Tue Feb 19, 2013 Detroit @ Chicago 8:30 PM ET
Thu Feb 21, 2013 Detroit @ New Jersey 7:00 PM ET
Fri Feb 22, 2013 Anaheim vs. Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Mon Feb 25, 2013 Detroit @ Los Angeles 10:30 PM ET
Wed Feb 27, 2013 Detroit @ Anaheim 10:00 PM ET
Thu Feb 28, 2013 Detroit @ San Jose 10:30 PM ET
Sun Mar 3, 2013 Chicago vs. Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Wed Mar 6, 2013 Edmonton vs. Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Fri Mar 8, 2013 Detroit @. Columbus 7:00 PM ET
Sat Mar 9, 2013 Columbus vs. Detroit 7:00 PM ET
Wed Mar 13, 2013 Detroit @ Calgary 9:30 PM ET
Fri Mar 15, 2013 Detroit @ Edmonton 9:30 PM ET
Sat Mar 16, 2013 Detroit @ Vancouver 10:00 PM ET
Mon Mar 18, 2013 Anaheim vs. Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Wed Mar 20, 2013 NY Rangers vs. Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Fri Mar 22, 2013 Dallas vs. Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Sun Mar 24, 2013 Detroit @ Colorado 8:00 PM ET
Tue Mar 26, 2013 Nashville vs. Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Thu Mar 28, 2013 Detroit @ Nashville 8:00 PM ET
Fri Mar 29, 2013 Detroit @ Dallas 8:00 PM ET
Sun Mar 31, 2013 Chicago vs. Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Tue Apr 2, 2013 Detroit @ Columbus 7:00 PM ET
Fri Apr 5, 2013 Winnipeg vs. Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Sun Apr 7, 2013 St Louis vs. Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Tue Apr 9, 2013 Minnesota vs. Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Thu Apr 11, 2013 Detroit @ Nashville 8:00 PM ET
Sat Apr 13, 2013 Detroit @ Colorado 3:00 PM ET
The Red Wings won’t have to wait long to get a crack at the team that eliminated them in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs last April.
The 86th season-opener in Wings’ franchise history will pit the Original Six club against its Central Division rival, the Nashville Predators, at Joe Louis Arena on Friday, Oct. 12.
The Predators defeated the Wings in the Western Conference quarterfinals, needing just five games to advance in the best-of-seven series.
The opener against the Predators will mark the first time that the two clubs have started a season against one another. Nashville will be the 23nd different club to open an NHL season against the Wings, who are 37-34-14 in season openers.
Columbus, Edmonton, Minnesota and Phoenix are the only Western Conference teams that the Wings haven’t faced in an opener.
In past season-openers on home ice, the Wings have posted a 28-16-6 record – that’s a .620 winning percentage. The opener against the Predators will be the ninth consecutive season that the Wings will open at home, which includes the 2009-10 season when the club began the campaign as the ‘home team’ against St. Louis in Stockholm, Sweden.
In years that the Wings won the Stanley Cup they began the season by winning the opener 81 percent of the time, posting an 8-1-2 record. Meanwhile, the Predators – in their short NHL existence – are 7-6-0 in season openers with a 3-3-0 mark in road openers.
And here’s more from Roose:
Four months after finding out that they will play host to the NHL’s marquee game on New Year’s Day – against the Toronto Maple Leafs at The Big House on the University of Michigan campus – the remaining dates for the Red Wings’ 2012-13 schedule was revealed.
The Wings’ home docket features the return of the franchise’s Original Six rivals from the Eastern Conference with one obvious exception: The Leafs won’t visit Joe Louis Arena. However, Boston (Dec. 10), Montreal (Jan. 30), and the New York Rangers (Mar. 20) will play at The Joe.
The only way to guarantee a ticket to the New Year’s Day game against the Maple Leafs is to purchase a Red Wings’ season ticket plan. Besides the games against the Original Six teams, the home schedule features 10 Friday and four Saturday games.
For the ninth straight time the Wings will start the season at “home” when they open on Friday, Oct. 12 against Nashville. The Wings opened the 2009-10 season in Sweden as the “home team” against St. Louis.
The Predators defeated the Wings in five games of their best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal series last April. Detroit will close the regular-season on Saturday, April 13 at Colorado.
The Wings will not play on the road against the Original Six teams from the East. However, Detroit will play both home and away games against Pittsburgh, Winnipeg and Eastern Conference champion New Jersey.
Detroit will also get its first look at the newly minted Stanley Cup champions when the Los Angeles Kings visit The Joe on Thursday, Nov. 29.
The game against the Jets, on Saturday, Oct. 27, will mark the first time in 17 years that the Wings will visit Manitoba. The Wings eliminated the Jets in the opening round of the 1996 Stanley Cup playoffs. The next season, the Jets moved to Phoenix.
Washington and the New York Islanders are the other Eastern foes that will play at The Joe. The Wings will play all 15 teams from the East, but will face six – Buffalo, Carolina, Florida, Ottawa, Philadelphia and Tampa Bay – on the road.
Some other highlights include:
• A home game against the Blackhawks on Easter Sunday, March 31.
• Road games on Groundhog Day (Feb. 2) at Philadelphia, Good Friday (Mar. 29) at Dallas, and April Fool’s Day (Apr. 2) at Columbus.
• The St. Louis Blues visit The Joe on Wednesday, Nov. 21 on the traditional Thanksgiving Eve game.
• The Wings will play a total of 26 games on back-to-back nights beginning with a grueling test on Oct. 26-27 when they host San Jose on Friday and then travel to Winnipeg for a Saturday afternoon game.
The return of several great promotional nights will be back at Joe Louis Arena this season, including the AT&T Bobblehead series, Fathead collective giveaways, Meijer Kids Nights, and the annual team wall calendar. The dates for these events, and more, will be announced at a later date.
Amongst Roose’s notes on Twitter:
The #RedWings will host the @NHLBlackhawks in a night game on Easter Sunday, March 31.
#RedWings will play road games on Groundhog Day (Feb. 2) at PHI, Good Friday (Mar. 29) at DAL, and April Fool’s Day (Apr. 2) at CBJ.
#RedWings to play 26 back-to-back games, beginning with a grueling Oct. 26-27 test vs. @SanJoseSharks Friday & at @NHLJets on Sat afternoon
Update #2: CBS Detroit posted the schedule
, and here’s MLive’s Ansar Khan’s take…
The Red Wings will be hosting each of their Original Six rivals in the Eastern Conference: Boston (Dec. 10), Montreal (Jan. 30), the New York Rangers (March 20), and, of course, the Toronto Maple Leafs, in the Jan. 1 Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium. These clubs did not play at Joe Louis Arena last season.
The NHL scheduled was released today. The Red Wings, as revealed on Wednesday, will open the season on Oct. 12 against the Nashville Predators.
The Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings visit Detroit on Nov. 29 and Dec. 18. The Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Devils come to the Joe on Nov. 15.
Detroit has marquee home matchups against Sidney Crosby, NHL MVP Evgeni Malkin and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Nov. 19 and Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals on Dec. 7.
Pittsburgh, New Jersey and Winnipeg are the three Eastern Conference clubs the Red Wings will play home and home.
The Red Wings will make their first visit to Winnipeg in more than 16 years on Oct. 27. The last time Detroit visited Manitoba’s capital was during the 1996 playoffs, before the original Jets moved to Phoenix.
Due to the Winter Classic, the Red Wings will not host their traditional New Year’s Eve game. They have a three-game road trip leading up to the outdoor game – Dec. 26 at Carolina, Dec. 27 at Pittsburgh and Dec. 29 at Ottawa.
The season finale is April 13 at Colorado.
As well as that of the Free Press’s Helene St. James...
The Detroit Red Wings released their schedule for the 2012-13 season this morning, and as reported Wednesday, they start at home, against Nashville, on Oct. 12.
They foray into Canada starting Oct. 27 with a trip that begins in Winnipeg, then go on to Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. The end of November through mid-late December features nine of 10 games at home. As has been habit, the Wings have to go on the road immediately after Christmas—Dec. 26 at Carolina, Dec. 27 at Pittsburgh, and Dec. 29 at Ottawa.
The traditional New Year’s Eve game, of course, has been eliminated this year because the Wings will host Toronto in the Winter Classic on New Year’s Day at Michigan Stadium.
Early January features the first trip to California, with the second coming in late February. Western Canada pops up again in March, with stops in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.
And the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan:
Right now, the Wings’ scheduled season is highlighted by the Jan. 1 Winter Classic against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. A record crowd of 110,000-plus fans will attend.
The Wings would open their home and regular season Oct. 12 against Nashville. The intriguing question at this point is whether defenseman Ryan Suter, a potential free agent, will remain in Nashville or possibly sign with the Wings.
Former Red Wing Brad Stuart and the San Jose Sharks are to return to Detroit on Oct.26. The next evening (Oct. 27), the Wings would travel to Winnipeg for their first game there since the Jets re-entered the NHL, having relocated from Atlanta this past season.
• Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins would visit Joe Louis Arena on Nov. 19 (the Wings visit Pittsburgh Dec. 27); Boston would come in Dec. 10; and the New York Rangers would visit March 20.
• The Wings would play a two-game road trip to Florida (Nov. 23) and Tampa Bay (Nov. 24) during Thanksgiving weekend.
• The Wings would conclude the regular season with a two-game road trip to Nashville (April 11) and Colorado (April 13).
The Grand Rapids Griffins will open the home portion of their 2012-13 schedule on Friday, Oct. 12 at Van Andel Arena, one of six home dates that have been confirmed by the American Hockey League.
The Griffins will also host their 16th annual New Year’s Eve game on Monday, Dec. 31, the day after the Dec. 30 outdoor game between Grand Rapids and the Toronto Marlies at Comerica Park, in what will mark the team’s first Monday home game since Dec. 31, 2007. Other home dates include a pair of Saturday games on Dec. 1 and Jan. 12, and a Friday contest on Jan. 25.
Opponents and start times will be revealed later this summer, when the complete schedule for the AHL’s 77th season is released. It will mark the Griffins’ 12th year of AHL membership and 17th season overall.
Update #4: Here are the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness’s highlights:
All four Original Six teams from the Eastern Conference will come to town: Boston (Dec. 10), Montreal (Jan. 30) and the New York Rangers (March 20) will visit Joe Louis Arena.
Detroit will also host the Toronto Maple Leafs in this year’s Winter Classic on Jan. 1 at Michigan Stadium.
The Wings will be on a three-game road trip prior to playing in their second Winter Classic — Carolina (Dec. 26), at Pittsburgh (Dec. 27) and Ottawa (Dec. 29).
Pittsburgh, New Jersey and Winnipeg are the three Eastern Conference clubs the Red Wings will play home and home.
Washington visits Joe Louis Arena for a second straight season on Dec. 7.
The Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings play in Detroit on Nov. 29 and Dec. 18.
The Wings will make their return to Winnipeg for the first time since the 1996 playoffs on Oct. 27.
Detroit will close the season on the road April 13 at Colorado.
Update #5: Here’s Fox Sports Detroit’s Dana Wakiji’s take on the schedule:
The NHL released the schedule for the 2012-13 season and there’s good news for Red Wings fans who like to see Original Six foes. In addition to hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Winter Classic January 1 at Michigan Stadium and welcoming the Chicago Blackhawks twice (February 13 and March 31), the Wings will also play the Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers at Joe Louis Arena. The Bruins are first in December 10, the Canadiens will play January 30 and the Rangers are in Detroit March 20.
The Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings come to town November 29.
Other opponents of note that visit Detroit are Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils on November 15, Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins on November 19 and Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals on December 7.
The first west coast swing takes place at the end of October-beginning of November with stops in Winnipeg, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton.
On November 24, the Wings visit Steve Yzerman and the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The second west coast trip takes place in January, stopping first in Chicago January 6, then on to San Jose, Los Angeles, Anaheim and Phoenix.
In March, the Wings have a quick Canadian swing to Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.
It all starts Friday, October 12 when the Red Wings host the Nashville Predators at home for their season opener.
Cough, per the Tennessean:
he Nashville Predators will open their 2012-13 season at Detroit on Friday, Oct. 12.
The NHL released its season schedule on Thursday. This is the fourth road start in the last five seasons for The Predators.
The Predators will play their home opener the next night on Saturday, Oct. 13 when they host the St. Louis Blues. The Predators will play 13 Saturday home games in 2012-13.
“With the release of the 2012-13 schedule comes another year of exciting Predators hockey,” Bridgestone Arena and Nashville Predators CEO Jeff Cogen said. “This schedule is full of visits from traditional rivals Detroit and Chicago and recent playoff foes in the Phoenix Coyotes, Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks, along with rare visits from Eastern Conference powers Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. With all this heart-pounding action, Smashville will once again be the hottest ticket in Nashville!”
Update #5.5: Here’s WXYZ’s Tom Leyden‘s take:
The Boston Bruins visit Joe Louis Arena on December 10. The Toronto Maple Leafs will face the Red Wings in the NHL Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium on January 1. The Montreal Canadiens come to town on January 30 and the New York Rangers are here on March 20.
Because of the Wings inclusion in the NHL Winter Classic, there will not be a traditional New Year’s Eve game at Joe Louis Arena.
The first month of the season will be particularly challenging, as Detroit plays six of its first nine games on the road. The home dates are against Nashville, Vancouver and San Jose.
November offers a chance for the Wings to settle in at home - between November 6 and November 21, Detroit will play seven of eight games at Joe Louis, including games against Edmonton, Calgary, Minnesota, Dallas, New Jersey, Pittsburgh and St. Louis. From November 6 through December 22, 17 out of 21 games will be played at Joe Louis Arena.
January will send the Red Wings to the west coast for the first time, where they’ll face Chicago, San Jose, Los Angeles, Anaheim and Phoenix over a 10-day stretch from January 6-15.
The second west coast trip will be in late February and the third in mid-March.
The regular season ends with six games scheduled between April 2 and April 13, three on the road and three at home.
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