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by George Malik on 01/12/13 at 11:41 PM ET
Updated 7x at 12:53 AM on Sunday: As it turns out, DetroitHockey.net's Clark Rasmussen had it down pat. The Red Wings just released their 2013 regular season schedule (per Stephen Brooks on Twitter, the Wings' "calendar view" has national TV info up already) and, as the Free Press's Helene St. James duly noted, this is a 48-games-in-99-nights marathon.
I can assure you that the enormous number of back-to-back games, the fast-and-furious level of injuries, personnel moves, the ups and downs of huge wins and devastating losses combined with no emotional recovery time and the intensity of competition will be just as mentally and emotionally exhausting for fans as it is for players and the media, and the mad dash for 8 playoff spots will probably go down to the season's final days for the vast majority of the league's teams, Detroit included, even if the Wings do a fantastic job of bolstering the lineup at or slightly before the April 3rd trade deadline.
In any case, here's the schedule, which includes 11 sets of back-to-back games, an away-and-still-away pair of games against the Ducks, five "West Coast Swings" and a pair of four-game road trips in late March and the middle of April:
Here's the schedule, broken down month-by-month, with all times listed in either Eastern Standard or Eastern Daylight Time, and home games listed in italics:
Friday, January 19th: Detroit @ St. Louis 8 PM
Monday, January 21st: Detroit @ Columbus 7:30 PM
Tuesday, January 22nd: Detroit vs. Dallas 7:30 PM
Friday, January 25th: Detroit vs. Minnesota 7:30 PM
Sunday January 27th: Detroit @ Chicago 7 PM
Tuesday January 29th: Detroit vs. Dallas 7:30 PM
Friday, February 1st: Detroit vs. St. Louis 7:30 PM
Saturday, February 2nd: Detroit @ Columbus 7 PM
Tuesday, February 5th: Detroit vs. Calgary 7:30 PM
Thursday, February 7th: Detroit @ St. Louis 8 PM
Saturday, February 9th: Detroit vs. Edmonton 2 PM
Sunday, February 10th: Detroit vs. Los Angeles 12:30 PM
Wednesday, February 13th: Detroit vs. St. Louis 7:30 PM
Friday, Feburary 15th: Detroit vs. Anaheim 7:30 PM
Sunday, February 17th: Detroit @ Minnesota 6 PM
Tuesday, February 19th: Detroit @ Nashville 8 PM
Thursday, February 21st: Detroit vs. Columbus 7:30 PM
Saturday, February 23rd: Detroit vs. Nashville 7 PM
Sunday, February 24th: Detroit vs. Vancouver 5 PM
Wednesday, February 27: Detroit @ Los Angeles 10:30 PM
Thursday, February 28: Detroit @ San Jose 10:30 PM
Sunday, March 3rd: Detroit vs. Chicago 12:30 PM
Tuesday, March 5th: Detroit vs. Colorado 7:30 PM
Thursday, March 7th: Detroit vs. Edmonton 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 9th: Detroit @ Columbus 2 PM
Sunday, March 10th: Detroit vs. Columbus 5 PM
Wednesday, March 13th: Detroit @ Calgary 9:30 PM
Friday, March 15th: Detroit @ Edmonton 9:30 PM
Saturday, March 16th: Detroit @ Vancouver 10 PM
Wednesday, March 20th: Detroit vs. Minnesota 7:30 PM
Friday, March 22nd: Detroit @ Anaheim 10 PM
Sunday, March 24th: Detroit, still @ Anaheim, 8 PM
Monday, March 25th: Detroit @ Phoenix 10 PM
Thursday, March 28th: Detroit @ San Jose 10:30 PM
Sunday, March 31st: Detroit vs. Chicago 12:30 PM
Monday, April 1st: Detroit vs. Colorado 7:30 PM
Trade deadline: April 3rd at 3 PM EDT
Thursday, April 4th: Detroit @ Phoenix 10 PM
Friday, April 5th: Detroit @ Colorado 9 PM
Sunday, April 7th: Detroit vs. St. Louis 12:30 PM
Thursday, April 11th: Detroit vs. San Jose 7:30 PM
Friday, April 12th: Detroit @ Chicago 8:30 PM
Sunday, April 14th: Detroit @ Nashville 7:30 PM
Wednesday, April 17th: Detroit @ Calgary 9:30 PM
Saturday, April 20th: Detroit @ Vancouver 10 PM
Monday, April 22nd: Detroit vs. Phoenix 7:30 PM
Wednesday, April 24th: Detroit vs. Los Angeles 7:30 PM
Thursday, April 25th: Detroit vs. Nashville 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 27th: Detroit @ Dallas 8 PM
Cue the comments and observations from the press, starting with this odd one from NHL.com's Brian Hedger (via the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness):
Detroit opens the season on Jan. 19 at St. Louis and then travel to Columbus on Jan. 21.
The Wings’ home opener is Jan. 22 against Dallas.
Of their four Central Division rivals, the Wings play the Blue Jackets and Blues five times each, while facing Chicago and Nashville four times apiece.
The two players that Wings pursed heavily this offseason – Ryan Suter and Zach Parise – come to Joe Louis Arena with the Minnesota Wild on Jan. 25.
Former Wing Jiri Hudler returns to Detroit on Feb. 5 with the new team, the Calgary Flames.
Jordin Tootoo visits Nashville, where he played the last eight seasons, on Feb. 19.
Just a few nights later, the Predators, who eliminated the Wings in the first round of the playoffs last season, play in Detroit on Feb. 23.
The month of March doesn’t look pretty at all for the Wings travel wise, after a three-game road trip to Western Canada (Calgary, March 13; Edmonton, March 15; Vancouver, March 16), they return home for a game March 20 against Minnesota before going back the West Coast for four more games (Anaheim, March 22 and 24; Phoenix, March 25; San Jose, March 28).
After a three-game home stretch, Detroit closes the season April 27 at Dallas.
Of the Wings’ 48 games this season, 12 are part of back-to-back nights.
Wings’ 2012 schedule
19 – at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
21 – at Columbus, 7:30 p.m.
22 – vs. DALLAS, 7:30 p.m.
25 – vs. MINNESOTA, 7:30 p.m.
27 – at Chicago, 7 p.m.
29 – vs. DALLAS, 7:30 p.m.
1 – vs. ST. LOUIS, 7:30 p.m.
2 – at Columbus, 7 p.m.
5 – vs. CALGARY, 7:30 p.m.
7 – at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
9 – vs. EDMONTON, 2 p.m.
10 – vs. LOS ANGELES, 12:30 p.m.
13 – vs. ST. LOUIS, 7:30 p.m.
15 – vs. ANAHEIM, 7:30 p.m.
17 – at Minnesota, 6 p.m.
19 – at Nashville, 8 p.m.
21 – vs. COLUMBUS, 7:30 p.m.
23 – vs. NASHVILLE, 7 p.m.
24 – vs. VANCOUVER, 5 p.m.
27 – at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.
28 – at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
3 – vs. CHICAGO, 12:30 p.m.
5 – vs. COLORADO, 7:30 p.m.
7 – vs. EDMONTON, 7:30 p.m.
9 – at Columbus, 2 p.m.
10 – vs. COLUMBUS, 5 p.m.
13 – at Calgary, 9:30 p.m.
15 – at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m.
16 – at Vancouver, 10 p.m.
20 – vs. MINNESOTA, 7:30 p.m.
22 – at Anaheim, 10 p.m.
24 – at Anaheim, 8 p.m.
25 – at Phoenix, 10 p.m.
28 – at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
31 – vs. CHICAGO, 12:30 P.M.
1 – vs. COLORADO, 7:30 p.m.
4 – at Phoenix, 10 p.m.
5 – at Colorado, 9 p.m.
7 – vs. ST. LOUIS, 12:30 p.m.
11 – vs. SAN JOSE, 7:30 p.m.
12 – at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
14 – at Nashville, 7:30 p.m.
17 – at Calgary, 9:30 p.m.
20 – at Vancouver, 10 p.m.
22 – vs. PHOENIX, 7:30 p.m.
24 – vs. LOS ANGELES, 7:30 p.m.
25 – vs. NASHVILLE, 7:30 p.m.
27 – at Dallas, 8 p.m.
Update #2: Here's MLive's Ansar Khan's take:
The Detroit Red Wings, and all NHL clubs, won't have much time for rest and recovery during this lockout-shortened season.
The Red Wings will play 48 games in 99 days, beginning Jan. 19 at St. Louis and ending April 27 in Dallas. Their home opener is Jan. 22 vs. the Stars.
The NHL released the schedule, which features only intraconference games, Saturday night after signing a memorandum of understanding with the NHL Players Association, officially ending the lockout.
Detroit's slate include 12 sets of games on consecutive days. They play 12 of their first 19 games at Joe Louis Arena but pay for it on the back end. The toughest stretch, travel-wise, is from March 13-April 5, when they play nine of 12 on the road in three separate trips to the West Coast and/or Western Canada. A quirk sees them play back-to-back games in Anaheim March 22-24.
Four of their first 13 games are against the St. Louis Blues, the 2011-12 Central Division winners.
The Red Wings play the Blues and Columbus Blue Jackets five times each and have two games apiece with their other Central Division rivals, the Chicago Blackhawks and Nashville Predators.
They play the 10 other teams in the Western Conference three times each.
The Red Wings have four home Sunday matinees that begin at 12:30 p.m., presumably for NBC (Feb. 10 vs. Los Angeles, March 3 and 31 vs. Chicago and April 7 vs. St. Louis).
The Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings make their second trip to Detroit on April 24.
Update: Here's the Red Wings' full press release:
RED WINGS ANNOUNCE 2012-13 SCHEDULE… Fee-Free Single Game Tickets On Sale Thursday …
Detroit, MI…The Detroit Red Wings today announced their 2012-13 schedule that has the Wings playing 48 games in 99 days as Detroit looks to extend its 21-season playoff streak, the longest current streak in professional sports.
Detroit’s first home game is scheduled to be played on Tuesday, Jan. 22, versus the Dallas Stars. Tickets to this match and all 24 of the Red Wings’ 2012-13 home games are set to go on sale this coming Thursday, Jan. 17, beginning at 1:00 p.m. As part of the Red Wings ‘Thanks for sticking with us’ initiative, the club and Ticketmaster have teamed up for 35 hours of no fees for any regular season ticket purchased. From 1:00 p.m. on Thursday through midnight Friday, tickets purchased at Detroitredwings.com, Ticketmaster.com, the Joe Louis Arena Box Office or by calling 313-396-7575 will be Fee-Free.
Full season ticket packages as well as Six and 12 Game Plans are on sale now. For more information, contact the Red Wings Ticket Sales & Service Office at 313-396-7575 or visit DetroitRedWings.com.
2012-13 REGULAR SEASON
DATE DAY OPPONENT SITE TIME (ET)
January 19 Sat at St. Louis Scottrade Center 8:00
21 Mon. at Columbus Nationwide Arena 7:30
22 Tue. DALLAS Joe Louis Arena 7:30
25 Fri. MINNESOTA Joe Louis Arena 7:30
27 Sun. at Chicago United Center 7:00
29 Tue. DALLAS Joe Louis Arena 7:30
February 1 Fri. ST. LOUIS Joe Louis Arena 7:30
2 Sat. at Columbus Nationwide Arena 7:00
5 Tue. CALGARY Joe Louis Arena 7:30
7 Thur. at St. Louis Scottrade Center 8:00
9 Sat. EDMONTON Joe Louis Arena 2:00
10 Sun. LOS ANGELES Joe Louis Arena 12:30
13 Wed. ST. LOUIS Joe Louis Arena 7:30
15 Fri. ANAHEIM Joe Louis Arena 7:30
17 Sun. at Minnesota Xcel Energy Center 6:00
19 Tue. at Nashville Bridgestone Arena 8:00
21 Thur. COLUMBUS Joe Louis Arena 7:30
23 Sat. NASHVILLE Joe Louis Arena 7:00
24 Sun. VANCOUVER Joe Louis Arena 5:00
27 Wed. at Los Angeles Staples Center 10:30
28 Thur. at San Jose HP Pavilion 10:30
March 3 Sun. CHICAGO Joe Louis Arena 12:30
5 Tue. COLORADO Joe Louis Arena 7:30
7 Thur. EDMONTON Joe Louis Arena 7:30
9 Sat. at Columbus Nationwide Arena 2:00
10 Sun. COLUMBUS Joe Louis Arena 5:00
13 Wed. at Calgary Scotiabank Saddledome 9:30
15 Fri. at Edmonton Rexall Place 9:30
16 Sat. at Vancouver Rogers Arena 10:00
20 Wed. MINNESOTA Joe Louis Arena 7:30
22 Fri. at Anaheim Honda Center 10:00
24 Sun. at Anaheim Honda Center 8:00
25 Mon. at Phoenix Jobing.com Arena 10:00
28 Thur. at San Jose HP Pavilion 10:30
31 Sun. CHICAGO Joe Louis Arena 12:30
April 1 Mon. COLORADO Joe Louis Arena 7:30
4 Thur. at Phoenix Jobing.com Arena 10:00
5 Fri. at Colorado Pepsi Center 9:00
7 Sun. ST. LOUIS Joe Louis Arena 12:30
11 Thur. SAN JOSE Joe Louis Arena 7:30
12 Fri. at Chicago United Center 8:30
14 Sun. at Nashville Bridgestone Arena 7:30
17 Wed. at Calgary Scotiabank Saddledome 9:30
20 Sat. at Vancouver Rogers Arena 10:00
22 Mon. PHOENIX Joe Louis Arena 7:30
24 Wed. LOS ANGELES Joe Louis Arena 7:30
25 Thur. NASHVILLE Joe Louis Arena 7:30
27 Sat. at Dallas American Airlines Arena 8:00
Update #3: Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples confirms the dates;
Quoth the ever-wise Dana Wakiji:
Here's Helene St. James...
Also, from MLive's Ansar Khan:
Full season ticket packages as well as six and 12 Game Plans are on sale now.
Update #3.5: Paul has the list of games covered by the NHL Network already.
I subscribe to GameCenter Live Online, so I promise that I will get Center Ice and GameCenter ino to you as soon as I receive it. I'm worried about it, too. The whole "being a fellow fan" thing applies here. I pay money to go to games and cheer just like you do.
Update #4: Twitter's embed code is being dorky, so here's Ted Kulfan's take on the sked thus far...
Wings play STL and Columbus five times each...CHI and NASH four each and everybody else three times
Sked is a beast late..Red Wings have it pretty manageable early on.
Some quirks...A trip to LA and SAN JOSE Feb. 27-28 back-to-back...To CGY, ED, VAN March 13-16...Play in Anaheim March 22 and 24
So the road travel picks up the latter half of the (short) season....It's going to be a lot of back and forth travel....Won't be easy
Here's more from Wakiji...
#RedWings on road 3/15-16 at Calgary, Edmonton. Home 3/20 v. Minnesota. Then off to Anaheim for 2 3/22 & 3/24. At Phoenix 3/25, at SJ 3/28.
And we should not be surprised that Helene St. James already snagged Ken Holland's take on the sked:
"If you look at our schedule, the first three weeks, every road game is in our division," Holland said We've got a stretch from late February through late March where we have to make three or four trips out west. That's going to be tough."
The Wings have their longest trip of the season in late March, when they start March 22 at Anaheim, play at the Ducks again March 24, play March 25 at Phoenix, then go back to California for a March 28 date at San Jose. They finish the season April 27 at Dallas.
First, they'll have a week's worth of camp.
"Everybody is chomping at the bit," Holland said.
Physicals revealed a few players are questionable beyond Helm. Defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo has a sore shoulder, but he skated Friday and said he expects to be ready next weekend when the season starts.
Forward Patrick Eaves remains sidelined by a concussion, and goaltender Joey MacDonald, who wouldn't have been in Detroit anyways, has a back issue.
Holland said the only Wings player who didn't take a physical was Pavel Datsyuk, who is staying in Russia through the weekend to compete in the KHL All-Star Game weekend. Datsyuk won Saturday's "penalty shot" competition with a backwards backhand goal scored on Traktor Chelyabinsk's Michael Garnett.
Update # whatever: Here's Ted Kulfan's take in text form:
The Red Wings will play 48 games in a total of 99 days, opening as expected Jan. 19 in St. Louis, followed by a game in Columbus on Jan. 21.
The Red Wings begin their home schedule at Joe Louis Arena at 7:30 Jan. 22 against the Dallas Stars.
Other notable games:
* The Wings play division rivals St. Louis and Columbus five teams each, and Nashville and Chicago four each.
* Minnesota, with Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, will be at Joe Louis Arena on Jan. 25 and March 20.
* Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles will visit Joe Louis Arena on Feb. 10, for a 12:30 p.m. NBC nationally televised game, as well as April 24.
* Chicago visits Joe Louis Arena on March 3 and 31.
The Red Wings travel will twice each to the West Coast and western Canada for multi-game trips.
The longest homestand is four games, as is the longest road trips (twice).
The Red Wings conclude the season in Dallas on April 27.
Update # whatever 2: Paul pointed this out. Strangely enough, the Wings' 2 PM home game against Edmonton on February 8th is going to be part of the CBC's "Hockey Day in Canada" festivities..
Update # whatever 3: Here's DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose's take, including comments from someone who totally doesn't know whether he's the Wings' captain yet, wink wink, nudge nudge:
The Red Wings open up the season next Saturday in St. Louis before traveling to Columbus for a Martin Luther King Day game on Jan. 21 against the Blue Jackets in Ohio’s capital city.
“Of course it's a lot of hockey in a short amount of days but in the same way we're real excited to be back playing," Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg said. "I think most of the games we'd rather play games than practice. So we're looking forward to this and it will be a special season. In the end when you lift the Cup I don't think it really matters.''
Detroit will open the home portion of its schedule against the Dallas Stars on Jan. 22.
Because of the compressed schedule, the Red Wings will play 20 back-to-back games, including four sets that are home-and-away.
In the schedule matrix, the Eastern and Western Conference team will only play conference opponents with a greater emphasis on divisional rivalries. So the Red Wings are slated to play Central Division foes St. Louis and Columbus five times each, and Chicago and Nashville four times each. The remaining 10 teams in the West will face-off against the Red Wings three times each.
Besides the MLK Day in Columbus, the Red Wings will play on three other holidays: Groundhogs Day (Feb. 2 at Columbus); Easter Sunday (Mar. 31 vs. Chicago); April Fools Day (Apr. 1 vs. Colorado); and Earth Day (Apr. 22 vs. Phoenix).
One quirky note about the schedule, the Wings will play back-to-back game in Anaheim on Friday, March 22 and Sunday, March 24. Wings’ fans will have a chance to get a look at the reigning Stanley Cup champions when the Los Angeles Kings visit Joe Louis Arena for a special matinee game, which will be broadcast live by NBC on Sunday, Feb. 10. It is the first of four Wings’ games that will be carried by the national network. The others are March 3 and March 31 (vs. Chicago); and April 7 (vs.) St. Louis).
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