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Red Wings’ 2013-2014 season schedule posted on NHL.com

Updated 9x at 2:28 PM: The NHL has released its 2013- 2014 season schedule, and the Red Wings' schedule is available now. The NHL will be playing in the "Atlantic" Division; the other Eastern Conference division will be called the "Metropolitan" Division, and the Western ones remain "Central" and "Pacific."

Update: Here's the sked from the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness:

2013-14 Detroit Red Wings schedule (all times eastern)

Wed. Oct. 2 vs. BUFFALO, 8 p.m.
Fri. Oct. 4 at Carolina, 7 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 5 at Boston, 7 p.m.
Thu. Oct. 10 vs. PHOENIX, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 12 vs. PHILADELPHIA, 7 p.m.
Mon. Oct. 14 at Boston, 1 p.m.
Tue. Oct. 15 vs. COLUMBUS, 7:30 p.m.
Thu. Oct. 17 at Colorado, 9 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 19 at Phoenix, 9 p.m.
Mon. Oct. 21 vs. SAN JOSE, 7:30 p.m.
Wed. Oct. 23 vs. OTTAWA, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 26 vs. N.Y. RANGERS, 7 p.m.
Wed. Oct. 30 at Vancouver, 10:30 p.m.
Fri. Nov. 1 at Calgary, 9 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 2 at Edmonton, 10 p.m.
Mon. Nov. 4 at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
Thu. Nov. 7 vs. DALLAS, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 9 vs. TAMPA BAY, 7 p.m.
Tue. Nov. 12 vs. WINNIPEG, 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Nov. 15 vs. WASHINGTON, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 16 at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Tue. Nov. 19 vs. NASHVILLE, 7:30 p.m.
Thu. Nov. 21 vs. CAROLINA, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 23 vs. OTTAWA, 7 p.m.
Sun. Nov. 24 at Buffalo, 5 p.m.
Wed. Nov. 27 vs. BOSTON, 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Nov. 29 at N.Y. Islanders, 1 p.m.
Sun. Dec. 1 at Ottawa, 5 p.m.
Wed. Dec. 4 vs. PHILADELPHIA, 8 p.m.
Fri. Dec. 6 at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 7 vs. FLORIDA, 7 p.m.
Tue. Dec. 10 at Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Thu. Dec. 12 at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 14 vs. PITTSBURGH, 7 p.m.
Sun. Dec. 15 vs. TAMPA BAY, 5 p.m.
Tue. Dec. 17 vs. ANAHEIM, 7:30 p.m.
Thu. Dec. 19 vs. CALGARY, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 21 at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Mon. Dec. 23 vs. N.Y. ISLANDERS,7:30 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 28 at Florida, 7 p.m.
Mon. Dec. 30 at Nashville, 8 p.m.
x-Wed. Jan. 1 vs. TORONTO, 1 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 4 at Dallas, 8 p.m.
Thu. Jan. 9 at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 11 at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.
Sun. Jan. 12 at Anaheim, 8 p.m.
Thu. Jan. 16 at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 18 vs. LOS ANGELES, 7 p.m.
Mon. Jan. 20 vs. ST. LOUIS, 7 :30 p.m.
Wed. Jan. 22 vs. CHICAGO, 8 p.m.
Fri. Jan. 24 vs. MONTREAL, 7:30 p.m.
Sun. Jan. 26 vs. FLORIDA, 5 p.m.
Tue. Jan. 28 at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Fri. Jan. 31 vs. WASHINGTON, 7:30 p.m.
Sun. Feb. 2 at Washington, 12:30 p.m.
Mon. Feb. 3 vs. VANCOUVER, 7:30 p.m.
Thu. Feb. 6 at Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 8 at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Wed. Feb. 26 at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Thu. Feb. 27 at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Tue. March 4 at New Jersey, p.m.
Thu. March 6 vs. COLORADO, 7:30 p.m.
Fri. March 7 vs. NEW JERSEY, 7:30 p.m.
Sun. March 9 at N.Y. Rangers, 7:30 p.m.
Tue. March 11 at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Fri. March 14 vs. EDMONTON, 7:30 p.m.
Sun. March 16 at Chicago, 7:30 p.m.
Tue. March 18 vs. TORONTO, 7:30 p.m.
Thu. March 20 vs. PITTSBURGH, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. March 22 at Minnesota, 2 p.m.
Sun. March 23 vs. MINNESOTA, 5 p.m.
Tue. March 25 at Columbus, 7:30 p.m.
Thu. March 27 vs. MONTREAL, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. March 29 at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Sun. March 30 vs. TAMPA BAY, 5 p.m.
Wed. April 2 vs. BOSTON, 8 p.m.
Fri. April 4 vs. BUFFALO, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. April 5 at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Tue. April 8 at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Wed. April 9 at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m.
Fri. April 11 vs. CAROLINA, 7:30 p.m.
Sun. April 13 at St. Louis, 2 p.m.

x-Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium.

Update #1:

Here's more from Pleiness regarding the "highlights," and these are only part of a much longer list:

– Detroit opens the season Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. at Joe Louis Arena against the Buffalo Sabres.

– The Wings face their first former Western Conference opponent when they host Phoenix on Oct. 10 (7:30 p.m.).

– Detroit faces the Stanley Cup runner-up Boston Bruins twice in the first month of the season (Oct. 5, 7 p.m.; Oct. 14, 1 p.m.). Both games are in Boston.

– The Wings host their first former division rival, the Columbus Blue Jackets, on Oct. 15 (7:30 p.m.).

– Daniel Alfredsson will face his former team, the Ottawa Senators, on Oct. 23 (7:30 p.m.) at Joe Louis Arena. He’ll make his first trip to Ottawa, where he had played his entire career before signing a one-year deal with the Wings on the first day of free agency, on Dec. 1 (5 p.m.) His second trip to Ottawa will be Feb. 27 (7:30 p.m.).

– Detroit makes it’s only trip to Western Canada starting Oct. 30 at Vancouver, then hit Calgary (Nov. 1), Edmonton (Nov. 2) and Winnipeg (Nov. 4).

– Valtteri Filppula returns to Joe Louis Arena as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning on Nov. 9 (7:30 p.m.).

– Stephen Weiss will face his former team, the Florida Panthers, on Dec. 7 (7 p.m.) at Joe Louis Arena. A couple days later, Dec. 10 (7:30 p.m.) he plays at Florida, where he had played his entire career before signing a one-year deal with the Wings on the first day of free agency.

Update #2: Here's the Wings' press release, from one Bill Roose:

A move to the Eastern Conference, a return to the Winter Classic, and a two-week Olympic break are a few highlights of the Red Wings’ 2013-14 schedule as the NHL takes on a new geographically appropriate four-division plan into the upcoming season.

Obviously, the biggest benefit of migrating to the East for the Red Wings – and their local fans – is that they will now play the majority of their road games against teams in the same time zone. With the new alignment the Wings will play just 14 games outside of the Eastern time zone, which is 15 fewer than they played in the 2011-12 regular season.

The new alignment also means all 30 teams will play in all 30 arenas at least once per season, which is paramount to the Red Wings who can continue some of their rivalries with Western Conference clubs, especially the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.

The Wings and Blackhawks will face-off twice, in Detroit on Jan. 22 and in Chicago on March 16.

The Red Wings will compete in the eight-team Atlantic Division along with Boston, Buffalo, Florida, Montreal, Ottawa, Tampa Bay and Toronto. Detroit will play each of its division foes at least four times and twice at home. The Wings will face Florida and Tampa Bay five times, including three home games against the Lightning.

Detroit will play the remaining eight conference opponents three times each with two home games each against Carolina, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Washington.

The schedule features the much-anticipated Winter Classic between the Red Wings and Maples Leafs at the 115,000-seat Michigan Stadium on the campus of the University of Michigan, which was re-scheduled for Jan. 1. The outdoor matchup between the Original Six brethren was originally planned for last New Year’s Day, however, it was cancelled because of the NHL lockout.

The Red Wings will open the first week of the season against three conference opponents with the home-opener against the Sabres on Oct. 2, followed by first road games against Carolina on Oct. 4, and the defending Eastern Conference champion Bruins on Oct. 5.

There isn’t much of a history between the Red Wings and Sabres, however, the October game will mark the third time that the two franchises have faced-off in a season-opener. Goals by Kris Draper and Tomas Holmstrom helped the Wings claim a 2-0 victory over the Sabres at Joe Louis Arena in 1999. The Sabres opened the 1975-76 campaign with a 4-0 win over Detroit at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium.

Other key dates on the schedule are the Red Wings’ annual Thanksgiving Eve game (Nov. 27 vs. Boston), and five afternoon matinees, including 1 p.m. puck-drops on Columbus Day (Oct. 14) at Boston and Black Friday (Nov. 29) at New York Islanders. The Wings will also play afternoon games at Washington (Feb. 2), at Minnesota (Mar. 22), and at St. Louis (Apr. 13).

The league schedule will go on a two-week hiatus in February to allow players to compete in the Olympic in Sochi, Russia. While suspending the regular season isn’t ideal for the league, it’s conceivable that some Red Wings – most likely Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson, Daniel Alfredsson, Jimmy Howard and Justin Abdelkader – could represent their countries in the Olympics.

The Olympic break will keep the Red Wings away from Joe Louis Arena for more than a month with just one home game (Feb. 3 vs. Vancouver) scheduled for February. The Wings will return to The Joe March 6 when they host Colorado.

A downside to the schedule is that more than a third of the Wings’ season will be played on consecutive dates. Detroit will play 30 back-to-back games, including home games against Pittsburgh (Dec. 14) and Tampa Bay (Dec. 15), and Colorado (March 6) and New Jersey (March 7).

Roose continues with a month-by-month breakdown, and he and the Wings have Tweeted the following:

WXYZ added a month-by-month breakdown, too:

DETROIT - The NHL has released the schedule for the 2013-14 season, and after years of talking, the Red Wings are finally in the Eastern Conference.

Detroit is in the Atlantic Division with Boston, Buffalo, Florida, Montreal, Ottawa, Tampa Bay and Washington.

FULL SCHEDULE:

Oct. 2 vs. Buffalo
Oct. 4 at Carolina
Oct. 5 at Boston
Oct. 10 vs. Phoenix
Oct. 12 vs. Philadelphia
Oct. 14 at Boston
Oct. 15 vs. Columbus
Oct. 17 at Colorado
Oct. 19 at Phoenix
Oct. 21 vs. San Jose
Oct. 23 vs. Ottawa
Oct. 26 vs. N.Y. Rangers
Oct. 30 at Vancouver

Nov. 1 at Calgary
Nov. 2 at Edmonton
Nov. 4 at Winnipeg
Nov. 7 vs. Dallas
Nov. 9 vs. Tampa Bay
Nov. 12 vs. Winnipeg
Nov. 15 vs. Washington
Nov. 16 at N.Y. Islanders
Nov. 19 vs. Nashville
Nov. 21 vs. Carolina
Nov. 23 vs. Ottawa
Nov. 24 at Buffalo
Nov. 27 vs. Boston
Nov. 29 at N.Y. Islanders

Dec. 1 at Ottawa
Dec. 4 vs. Philadelphia
Dec. 6 at New Jersey
Dec. 7 vs. Florida
Dec. 10 at Florida
Dec. 12 at Tampa Bay
Dec. 14 vs. Pittsburgh
Dec. 15 vs. Tampa Bay
Dec. 17 vs. Anaheim
Dec. 19 vs. Calgary
Dec. 21 at Toronto
Dec. 23 vs. N.Y. Islanders
Dec. 28 at Florida
Dec. 30 at Nashville

Jan. 1 vs. Toronto (Michigan Stadium)
Jan. 4 at Dallas
Jan. 9 at San Jose
Jan. 11 at Los Angeles
Jan. 12 at Anaheim
Jan. 16 at N.Y. Rangers
Jan. 18 vs. Los Angeles
Jan. 20 vs. St. Louis
Jan. 22 vs. Chicago
Jan. 24 vs. Montreal
Jan. 26 vs. Florida
Jan. 28 at Philadelphia
Jan. 31 vs. Washington

Feb. 2 at Washington
Feb. 3 vs. Vancouver
Feb. 6 at Florida
Feb. 8 at Tampa Bay
Feb. 26 at Montreal
Feb. 27 at Ottawa

Mar. 4 at New Jersey
Mar. 6 vs. Colorado
Mar. 7 vs. New Jersey
Mar. 9 at N.Y. Rangers
Mar. 11 at Columbus
Mar. 14 vs. Edmonton
Mar. 16 at Chicago
Mar. 18 vs. Toronto
Mar. 20 vs. Pittsburgh
Mar. 22 at Minnesota
Mar. 23 vs. Minnesota
Mar. 25 at Columbus
Mar. 27 vs. Montreal
Mar. 29 at Toronto
Mar. 30 vs. Tampa Bay

Apr. 2 vs. Boston
Apr. 4 vs. Buffalo
Apr. 8 vs. Buffalo
Apr. 5 at Montreal
Apr. 9 at Pittsburgh
Apr. 11 vs. Carolina
Apr. 13 at St. Louis

Update #2:

The Free Press's George Sipple just penned an Olympic-related article...

The National Hockey League and the NHL Players’ Association announced today that an agreement has been reached with the International Ice Hockey Federation for NHL players to participate in the upcoming 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

This paves the way for the NHL to soon release its schedule for the 2013-2014 season.

The NHL will take a break in play starting Feb. 9 and will return to play on Feb. 26.

The Olympic men’s hockey tournament runs from Feb. 12-23.

More than 120 NHL players are expected to compete for their respective nations.

Among the Red Wings who could be selected to play in the Olympics are forwards Pavel Datsyuk (Russia), Daniel Alfredsson (Sweden), Johan Franzen (Sweden), Gustav Nyquist (Sweden), Tomas Tatar (Slovakia), Justin Abdelkader (U.S.) and Henrik Zetterberg (Sweden); defensemen Jonathan Ericsson (Sweden), Niklas Kronwall (Sweden) and Jakub Kindl (Czech Republic); and goalie Jimmy Howard (U.S.).

 

Update #3: Here's the Free Press's version of the schedule:

Red Wings' 2013-14 schedule

(Courtesy of redwings.nhl.com)

October 2013

Date  Visitor  Home    Time (ET)  TV Network/Results
Wed Oct 2, 2013  Sabres  Red Wings    8:00 PM  NBCSN
Fri Oct 4, 2013  Red Wings  Hurricanes    7:00 PM 
Sat Oct 5, 2013  Red Wings  Bruins    7:00 PM  NHLN-US
Thu Oct 10, 2013  Coyotes  Red Wings    7:30 PM  NHLN-US
Sat Oct 12, 2013  Flyers  Red Wings    7:00 PM 
Mon Oct 14, 2013  Red Wings  Bruins    1:00 PM 
Tue Oct 15, 2013  Blue Jackets  Red Wings    7:30 PM  NHLN-US
Thu Oct 17, 2013  Red Wings  Avalanche    9:00 PM 
Sat Oct 19, 2013  Red Wings  Coyotes    9:00 PM 
Mon Oct 21, 2013  Sharks  Red Wings    7:30 PM 
Wed Oct 23, 2013  Senators  Red Wings    7:30 PM 
Sat Oct 26, 2013  Rangers  Red Wings    7:00 PM  NHLN-US
Wed Oct 30, 2013  Red Wings  Canucks    10:30 PM 

November 2013

Date  Visitor  Home    Time (ET)  TV Network/Results
Fri Nov 1, 2013  Red Wings  Flames    9:00 PM 
Sat Nov 2, 2013  Red Wings  Oilers    10:00 PM  CBC
Mon Nov 4, 2013  Red Wings  Jets    8:00 PM 
Thu Nov 7, 2013  Stars  Red Wings    7:30 PM 
Sat Nov 9, 2013  Lightning  Red Wings    7:00 PM 
Tue Nov 12, 2013  Jets  Red Wings    7:30 PM 
Fri Nov 15, 2013  Capitals  Red Wings    7:30 PM  NHLN-US
Sat Nov 16, 2013  Red Wings  Islanders    7:00 PM 
Tue Nov 19, 2013  Predators  Red Wings    7:30 PM 
Thu Nov 21, 2013  Hurricanes  Red Wings    7:30 PM 
Sat Nov 23, 2013  Senators  Red Wings    7:00 PM  CBC
Sun Nov 24, 2013  Red Wings  Sabres    5:00 PM 
Wed Nov 27, 2013  Bruins  Red Wings    7:30 PM  NBCSN
Fri Nov 29, 2013  Red Wings  Islanders    4:00 PM 

December 2013

Date  Visitor  Home  Score  Dec  Time (ET)  TV Network/Results
Sun Dec 1, 2013  Red Wings  Senators    5:30 PM  NHLN-US
Wed Dec 4, 2013  Flyers  Red Wings    8:00 PM  NBCSN
Fri Dec 6, 2013  Red Wings  Devils    7:00 PM 
Sat Dec 7, 2013  Panthers  Red Wings    7:00 PM 
Tue Dec 10, 2013  Red Wings  Panthers    7:30 PM 
Thu Dec 12, 2013  Red Wings  Lightning    7:30 PM 
Sat Dec 14, 2013  Penguins  Red Wings    7:00 PM  NHLN-US
Sun Dec 15, 2013  Lightning  Red Wings    5:00 PM 
Tue Dec 17, 2013  Ducks  Red Wings    7:30 PM 
Thu Dec 19, 2013  Flames  Red Wings    7:30 PM 
Sat Dec 21, 2013  Red Wings  Maple Leafs    7:00 PM  CBC, NHLN-US
Mon Dec 23, 2013  Islanders  Red Wings    7:30 PM 
Sat Dec 28, 2013  Red Wings  Panthers    7:00 PM  NHLN-US
Mon Dec 30, 2013  Red Wings  Predators    8:00 PM 

January 2014

Date  Visitor  Home  Score  Dec  Time (ET)  TV Network/Results
Wed Jan 1, 2014  Maple Leafs  Red Wings    1:00 PM  CBC, NBC, RDS
Sat Jan 4, 2014  Red Wings  Stars    8:00 PM 
Thu Jan 9, 2014  Red Wings  Sharks    10:30 PM 
Sat Jan 11, 2014  Red Wings  Kings    10:30 PM 
Sun Jan 12, 2014  Red Wings  Ducks    8:00 PM 
Thu Jan 16, 2014  Red Wings  Rangers    7:00 PM 
Sat Jan 18, 2014  Kings  Red Wings    7:00 PM 
Mon Jan 20, 2014  Blues  Red Wings    7:30 PM 
Wed Jan 22, 2014  Blackhawks  Red Wings    8:00 PM  NBCSN
Fri Jan 24, 2014  Canadiens  Red Wings    7:30 PM  RDS, NHLN-US
Sun Jan 26, 2014  Panthers  Red Wings    5:00 PM 
Tue Jan 28, 2014  Red Wings  Flyers    7:00 PM 
Fri Jan 31, 2014  Capitals  Red Wings    7:30 PM 

February 2014

Date  Visitor  Home  Score  Dec  Time (ET)  TV Network/Results
Sun Feb 2, 2014  Red Wings  Capitals    12:30 PM  NBC
Mon Feb 3, 2014  Canucks  Red Wings    7:30 PM 
Thu Feb 6, 2014  Red Wings  Panthers    7:30 PM 
Sat Feb 8, 2014  Red Wings  Lightning    7:00 PM 
Wed Feb 26, 2014  Red Wings  Canadiens    7:30 PM  RDS
Thu Feb 27, 2014  Red Wings  Senators    7:30 PM 

March 2014

Date  Visitor  Home  Score  Dec  Time (ET)  TV Network/Results
Tue Mar 4, 2014  Red Wings  Devils    7:00 PM 
Thu Mar 6, 2014  Avalanche  Red Wings    7:30 PM  NHLN-US
Fri Mar 7, 2014  Devils  Red Wings    7:30 PM 
Sun Mar 9, 2014  Red Wings  Rangers    7:30 PM  NBC, NBCSN
Tue Mar 11, 2014  Red Wings  Blue Jackets    7:00 PM 
Fri Mar 14, 2014  Oilers  Red Wings    7:30 PM 
Sun Mar 16, 2014  Red Wings  Blackhawks    7:30 PM  NBC, NBCSN
Tue Mar 18, 2014  Maple Leafs  Red Wings    7:30 PM 
Thu Mar 20, 2014  Penguins  Red Wings    7:30 PM 
Sat Mar 22, 2014  Red Wings  Wild    2:00 PM  NHLN-US
Sun Mar 23, 2014  Wild  Red Wings    7:30 PM  NBCSN
Tue Mar 25, 2014  Red Wings  Blue Jackets    7:30 PM  NBCSN
Thu Mar 27, 2014  Canadiens  Red Wings    7:30 PM  RDS
Sat Mar 29, 2014  Red Wings  Maple Leafs    7:00 PM  CBC, NHLN-US
Sun Mar 30, 2014  Lightning  Red Wings    5:00 PM 

April 2014

Date  Visitor  Home  Score  Dec  Time (ET)  TV Network/Results
Wed Apr 2, 2014  Bruins  Red Wings    8:00 PM  NBCSN
Fri Apr 4, 2014  Sabres  Red Wings    7:30 PM 
Sat Apr 5, 2014  Red Wings  Canadiens    7:00 PM  CBC, RDS, NHLN-US
Tue Apr 8, 2014  Red Wings  Sabres    7:00 PM 
Wed Apr 9, 2014  Red Wings  Penguins    8:00 PM  NBCSN
Fri Apr 11, 2014  Hurricanes  Red Wings    7:30 PM 
Sun Apr 13, 2014  Red Wings  Blues    3:00 PM  NBC, NBCSN

 

Update #4: Here's MLive's Ansar Khan's take on the schedule:

The newest Red Wings will be making homecomings nine days apart in early December. Longtime Senators right wing Daniel Alfredsson will return to Ottawa on Dec. 1 and again on Feb. 27.Former Panthers center Stephen Weiss will make three return trips to Florida (Dec. 10, Dec. 28 and Feb. 6).

The highlight of the schedule is the Jan. 1 Winter Classic vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium, before an anticipated world-record crowd of more than 110,000.

The Red Wings will play three games apiece against clubs from the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division (Carolina, New Jersey, the New York Rangers, the New York Islanders, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington and Columbus, Detroit's former Central Division rival which also moved East).

The lockout-shortened 48-game 2013 season featured no interconference games. Next season, clubs will play home and away against each team in the other conference.

The Red Wings host the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, their long-time Original Six rival, on Jan. 22 and visit the Blackhawks on March 16.

The Red Wings will be traveling much less in the East, with only 14 games outside of their time zone. They'll knock off their lone trip to Western Canada fairly early, a four-game swing to Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg from Oct. 30 to Nov. 4.

It will be their first game in Winnipeg since the Atlanta Thrashers relocated there in 2011. The Red Wings haven't played in Winnipeg since April 28, 1996, when they eliminated the Jets in Game 6 of the opening round of the playoffs. It was the Jets' final game before relocating to Phoenix.

The Red Wings' lone trip to California (San Jose, Los Angeles, Anaheim) runs from Jan. 9-12. It's sandwiched between road games against Dallas (Jan. 4) and the New York Rangers (Jan. 16).

The Red Wings wrap up the regular season on April 13 in St. Louis.

Update #5: Here's Michigan Hockey's take on the sked:

The 2013-14 season features the new division realignments – the Red Wings are now part of the Atlantic Division, where they will compete against the Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs.

Detroit will now play only 14 games outside the Eastern time zone, and all 29 other NHL teams will come through Detroit for at least one game at Joe Louis Arena.

The Red Wings will also play former Central Division foe and Original Six rival Chicago twice – once in Detroit in January, and once in Chicago in March.

Detroit opens their 2013-14 regular season at home against new division opponent Buffalo. The Wings will compete against each division foe at least four times, with two guaranteed home games. In 2013-14, the Red Wings play Florida and Tampa Bay five times, with the Lightning coming to Joe Louis Arena three times.

The Wings will also play against the eight other Eastern Conference opponents three times each, with Carolina, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Washington visiting Detroit twice.

Detroit will play Original Six rival Boston at home the day before Thanksgiving, and five afternoon road tilts.

Update #6: Here's the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan's take on the schedule:

The NHL released its regular-season schedule Friday, and Red Wings fans, with the team having moved to the Eastern Conference, will see a direct benefit.

Red Wings players will see a difference, too, with only one trip to western Canada (Oct. 30-Nov. 4) and one trip to California (Jan. 9-12). Only four games on the schedule begin after 10 p.m. Detroit time.

The Red Wings open the season Oct. 2 against Buffalo at Joe Louis Arena.

The Red Wings will be in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division along with Boston, Buffalo, Toronto, Ottawa, Tampa Bay, Florida and Montreal. In the Eastern Conference schedule matrix, the Red Wings will play five games against two teams in its division and four games against five teams.

The Red Wings will play three games against each of the eight teams in the Eastern Conference Metropolitan Division. They'll play two games — one home and away — against all 14 Western Conference teams.

Another schedule highlight, obviously, is the Jan. 1 Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The NHL will pause from Feb. 9-25 while NHL players comprise the majority of the rosters of the national teams competing in Sochi for the Winter Olympics. The league's best players will head to Sochi for the Winter Olympics after the NHL and International Ice Hockey Federation finally worked out the last remaining details Friday on an agreement.

Update #7: Here's a, "How things break down" spiel from NHL.com:

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

The Stanley Cup Playoffs have a new division-based format. Playoff qualification will be primarily Division-based, with the top three finishers in each Division qualifying 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

Hockey Day In Canada -- Saturday, Jan. 18

Olympic Break -- Sunday, Feb. 9 – Tuesday, Feb. 25

Last Day of Regular Season -- Sunday, Apr. 13

Stanley Cup Playoffs Begin -- Wednesday, Apr. 16

 

Update #8: The Ottawa Citizen notes that Alfredsson will retrun to Ottawa on December 1st and February 27th, and NHL.com's John Kreiser deems the former game one of two must-watch Wings games this upcoming season:

Detroit Red Wings at Ottawa Senators (Dec. 1, 2013) -- There likely won't be an empty seat at Canadian Tire Place when longtime Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson steps on the ice wearing the Winged Wheel in his first visit to Ottawa since signing with the Detroit Red Wings. The teams will be division rivals under the NHL's new setup, but the bigger question will be how the fans who cheered Alfredsson during his 17 seasons with Ottawa will react when he's playing for the other team.

...

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Detroit Red Wings (Jan. 1, 2014) -- What does a hockey game look like when 110,000 people are watching it live? We'll find out New Year's Day, when this season's Winter Classic matches a pair of Original Six rivals at Michigan Stadium, aka "The Big House," in Ann Arbor, Mich. The largest crowd in NHL history figures to pack the building to see the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings, who kick off a six-pack of outdoor games.

 

Update #9: Here's the Wings' press release:

RED WINGS ANNOUNCE 2013-14 SCHEDULE
… Winter Classic on New Year’s Day; Renewed Rivalries With Eastern Conference Opponents Highlight Upcoming Slate …

Detroit, MI…The Detroit Red Wings today announced their 2013-14 schedule, highlighted by the much-anticipated 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®at Michigan Stadium vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs on New Year’s Day.  The upcoming schedule also sees Detroitmake its long-awaited return to the Eastern Conference and renew rivalries with new division foes including long-time rivals the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins.  In addition, the Red Wings will face-off against intra-conference opponents such as Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers, Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins and league MVP Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.  Red Wings fans can also sleep a little easier in 2013-14 knowing that only four of Detroit’s 82 regular season contests will start at 10:00 p.m. ET or later.

Additional home schedule highlights include an opening night battle with Ryan Miller and the Buffalo Sabres, the annual night before Thanksgiving game against Original Six foe Boston and a January rematch with the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.

Fans can still place a deposit on Red Wings ticket plans for the 2013-14 season and receive great benefits such as savings off of box office prices, priority to purchase 2014 playoffs tickets, opportunity to purchase 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic ticket packages and much more. Information on ticket plans can be obtained by calling the Red Wings’ Ticket Sales & Service Department at 313-471-7575.

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SYF's avatar

The NHL has released its 2013- 2014 season schedule, and the Red Wings’ schedule is available now. The NHL will be playing in the “Atlantic” Division; the other Eastern Conference division will be called the “Metropolitan” Division, and the Western ones remain “Central” and “Pacific.”

So Division D (DET, BOS, BUF, MTL, TOR, TBL, FLA, and OTT) will now be called the, “Metropolitan Division,” right?

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 07/19/13 at 12:16 PM ET

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Urk…

“Division D” should be “Division C.”

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 07/19/13 at 12:17 PM ET

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Western Canada trip out of the way beginning of November and Cali in January.  Me likey.  Some of the long time Wings aren’t going to know what to do with all the free time they’ll have that they used to spend travelling.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 07/19/13 at 12:20 PM ET

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30 back to backs…WTF?

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 07/19/13 at 12:27 PM ET

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– The Wings host Jackets will travel to their first former division rival marketing gimmick-rivalry game, the Columbus Blue Jackets Detroit Red Wings, on Oct. 15 (7:30 p.m.).

Fixed

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 07/19/13 at 12:28 PM ET

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Bah. 15 back to backs…30 games…brain not functioning. My bad.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 07/19/13 at 12:29 PM ET

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need to bank all of those home games in Nov and Dec.

loving the lighter travel look.

Posted by alexotw on 07/19/13 at 12:33 PM ET

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The Neopolitan Division?

Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 07/19/13 at 12:45 PM ET

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The Wheel Deal @Bill_Roose

#RedWings to play 6 day games

Well, there’s 6 losses right there…

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Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 07/19/13 at 12:47 PM ET

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//sarcasm font on//[/em]
Sure do miss all thiose 10:00/10:30 PM eastern start times
//sarcasm font off//

Posted by mc keeper on 07/19/13 at 12:52 PM ET

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As a West Coaster, we are losing a Wings West Coast swing, but gaining a ton of Wings CBC games!  I’ll take it!

Posted by harken23 on 07/19/13 at 12:55 PM ET

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Hopefully we’ll get some notice as to when #5 will be hung in the rafters. I’d like to plan a trip.

Posted by Crater from SoCal on 07/19/13 at 01:27 PM ET

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The middle of that 5-game stretch in January where the Wings play Chicago on the 22nd = perfect time to retire Nick’s #.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/19/13 at 02:01 PM ET

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The middle of that 5-game stretch in January where the Wings play Chicago on the 22nd = perfect time to retire Nick’s #.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/19/13 at 03:01 PM ET

Had a good chuckle at that, George.  No team hates number retirement ceremonies more than the Cawks.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 07/19/13 at 02:24 PM ET

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interesting that our last 4 out 5 games are away. hopefully we lock up a playoff spot a bit sooner than this past season. would hate to have to sweep those again.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 07/19/13 at 02:35 PM ET

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Say, I thought a few seasons back lil Gary changed the schedule, so you would play only against one cross conference division each year? That’s why we would only see the leafs and Habs once every three years? I remember because the media was bemoaning the fact that western Canada would not get to see Cindy Crosby play very often.

Looking at this schedule we still have the swing through Alberta and Vancouver, as well as games against Phoenix, Dallas , Nashville, and Quebec ?????

Was not the point of moving to the East to not have to travel West???????

Posted by Down River Dan on 07/19/13 at 02:52 PM ET

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I was really hoping for a Friday-Saturday home n home with Toronto (or even Montreal) like the old Norris days.

Posted by godblender on 07/19/13 at 03:18 PM ET

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Was not the point of moving to the East to not have to travel West???????

Posted by Down River Dan on 07/19/13 at 03:52 PM ET

Well My assumption was it was to cut down travel, which it has because last few years it was 2 west coast trips (in the case of SAN/LAK/ANA) Now it is one.

Posted by Crater from SoCal on 07/19/13 at 03:33 PM ET

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I was really hoping for a Friday-Saturday home n home with Toronto (or even Montreal) like the old Norris days.

Amen to that! I saw my first game at MLG in 1986 on the back end of a home and home against the leafs.

Drop the games against Phoenix ( sorry transplants), Dallas , San Jose , and give me guaranteed home and home with Toronto & Montreal EVERY YEAR!!!!!

Posted by Down River Dan on 07/19/13 at 03:39 PM ET

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Ah, the highly original “Atlantic” division.  Why can’t we be in the Adams or Smythe division, like the Hockey Gods intended?

Though, the Metropolitan Division, while an “original” name, is going to be a bitch to put on a banner.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 07/19/13 at 05:07 PM ET

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Close italics. Let’s see if that works.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 07/19/13 at 05:17 PM ET

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Red Wings always get f***ed over in the schedule ... WTH is it with all the back to back games?  one at home and next one out of town.

Posted by MsRedWingFan from West Michigan hometown of Abdelkader on 07/19/13 at 06:10 PM ET

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division names do not make sense   :::smh:::

Posted by MsRedWingFan from West Michigan hometown of Abdelkader on 07/19/13 at 06:28 PM ET

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  The middle of that 5-game stretch in January where the Wings play Chicago on the 22nd = perfect time to retire Nick’s #.

  Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/19/13 at 03:01 PM ET

Had a good chuckle at that, George.  No team hates number retirement ceremonies more than the Cawks.

Posted by SYF from a squishy place on 07/19/13 at 03:24 PM ET

I hope they listen to ya on that George   LOL

Posted by MsRedWingFan from West Michigan hometown of Abdelkader on 07/19/13 at 06:30 PM ET

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