The NHL released their entire schedule today, including each team’s 2012-2013 schedule. Opening night this upcoming season will be on October 11th and for the second consecutive season, the first official game will be played between the Boston Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers, in Philadelphia. There will also be three more games that night, and then on October 12th the Los Angeles Kings will have their banner raising ceremony when they open the season by hosting the New York Rangers. The Winter Classic this season will be played at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan, between the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs on New Years Day, January 1st, 2013. The All-Star break will be from January 24th to January 28th in Columbus, Ohio. The final day of the regular season will be Saturday April 13th, 28 teams out of 30 will be in action that day. The scheduling format is as follows: each team plays six games against each team within it’s division (24 games), four games against the non-divisional teams within its conference (40 games), along with 18 non-conference games, which includes one game against each non-conference team and then three more games against selected non-conference teams.
The Anaheim Ducks open their season on Friday, October 12th when they host the rival San Jose Sharks. Their first four games of the season are at home against the Sharks, of course, followed by the Dallas Stars, October 14th, the Carolina Hurricanes, October 17th, and the Edmonton Oilers, October 19th. The Eastern Conference teams to visit Honda Center this season are the New York Islanders, Nov. 9th, the Buffalo Sabres, Nov. 11th, the Tampa Bay Lightning, Nov. 16th, the Florida Panthers, Dec. 5th, the Pittsburgh Penguins, Jan. 11th, the Washington Capitals, Feb. 13th, the Winnipeg Jets, Feb. 24th, and the New Jersey Devils, Mar. 29th. The three Eastern Conference teams that the Ducks will play two games against, one at home and on on the road, are the Lightning, Hurricanes and Islanders. The month with the most home games for the Ducks is March, with nine. The longest homestand is from Nov. 7th to Nov. 18th, six games. The Ducks will have four five-game road trips, one from late October to early November, one from late November to early December, one in late December and one in late February. Finally, the Ducks have back-to-back games 13 times next season, which is one more than last season. The Ducks last regular season game will be on the last day of the regular season, Saturday, April 13th, when they visit the Los Angeles Kings. The Ducks last home game will be on Wednesday, April 10th against the Colorado Avalanche.
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