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Is this the Red Wings’ 2013 schedule? It’s highly likely.

Via RedWingsFeed, the Red Wings apparently leaked  their 2013 schedule to someone, and DetroitHockey.net's Clark Rasmussen snagged it:

The condensed 2013 schedule for the Detroit Red Wings will see them play on consecutive days twelve times, with those 24 games counting for fully half of their 48-game slate.

Of the twelve times, four sets are in the same city. The Red Wings host the Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings on February 9 and 10, the Nashville Predators and Vancouver Canucks on February 23 and 24, the Chicago Blackhawks and Colorado Avalanche on March 31 and April 1, and the Kings and Predators on April 24 and 25.

They also play four times with less than 24 hours between games.

You can view the full schedule here.

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I wonder how this compares to other teams schedules?

Posted by akwingsfan on 01/12/13 at 02:00 AM ET

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Playing the BJs so often is a big plus for us. To bad Mrazek and Pattersson sadly are years away from being NHL ready as goalies. Pressure on Howard to be workhorse this season will be severe.

Posted by Slumpy from Detroit on 01/12/13 at 02:51 AM ET

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Nice pull!

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 01/12/13 at 03:20 AM ET

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how much is the schedule tougher than other NHL teams/?  All western confernce teams will have travel issues. Can someone do the math comparison please??!!!! Its up to Babcock and the players themselves to be prepared and I feel Babs will stress meals/sleep appropiate to the schedule. We as a team have expierience in travel issues going on 20 years now Stressing the issue and getting fans jaded I feel is wrong!! Of course it will be tough. Remember the travel timezones is the only arguable thing; that,all western teams will have to embrace. With Redbird II ( I think) they’ll accomadate to this issue I’m sure. they’ll probably fit the plane out with some kind of sleep area for this specific issue.  Remeber all the west conference teams will have to deal with shorter turnarounds. Knowing The Redwings organization as WE ALL do (CLASS) they will have an action plan for the players to deal with this stress load.In this day of health information overload knowing beforehand is half the battle; so, the organization will deal with this as good or better than the rest of time starved travellling teams.  Go Wings!!! and I’m just glad that HOCKEY IS BACK…..rayzredwing.

Posted by rayzredwing on 01/12/13 at 01:28 PM ET

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1)The Red Wings (and all Central Division members) schedule(s) are much tougher than the other teams. Here’s why:

—TSN power rankings. Blues 4th, Chicago 6th, Detroit 7th, Nashville 8th, Columbus last

So the 4 teams will beat up on each other in a heavily weighted division schedule. Don’t believe Cullen (fine I agree) than consider that those 4 highly rated teams made the playoffs last year. The only balance is they get to feast on Columbus.

2)The Wings fly Redbird III, a huge upgrade as the jet no longer needs to stop for refueling on trips to California or Alberta. In addition, the plane has a larger cargo capacity meaning the Wings can load/unload quicker and carry more equipment if necessary.  It can carry 68 passengers vs 50 something of the old plane. It has large leather reclining seats, but the plane doesn’t have a “sleeping area.”

The schedule is brutal particularly the stretch that starts with the trip to Calgary.

Posted by d ca on 01/12/13 at 04:09 PM ET

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