2012-2013 NHL Schedule Released: Four Games Slated to Start the Year on Oct. 11

It has been a busy week for the National Hockey League. With the NHL Awards show Wednesday Night and the NHL Draft on Friday, the NHL found a way to keep hockey fans interested in between.

The NHL released the 2012-2013 season schedule on Thursday. Opening night is scheduled for October 11. Eight of the 30 teams will be in action that night, including four Canadian teams and four American teams.

Oct. 11 Matchups:

Ottawa at Montreal

Vancouver at Calgary

Boston at Philadelphia (NBC Sports)

St. Louis at Colorado

The defending Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings will start their season the following night as they raise the banner against the New York Rangers (NBC Sports).


Other notable dates for the 2012-13 season

League day off (No teams in action)- November 12

2012 Stanley Cup Champs versus 2011 Stanley Cup Champs- Kings at Bruins- December 17

Winter Classic: Toronto Maple Leafs at Detroit Red Wings- Jan. 1.

All-Star Break: Jan. 24-28 in Columbus, OH

Stanley Cup Finals Rematch: LA Kings at New Jersey Devils- February 9

Hockey Day in Canada: February 9, 2013

Hockey Day in America: February 17, 2013

End of Regular season- April 13

Home Openers (alphabetically by team)

Anaheim Ducks-San Jose Sharks Oct. 12

Boston Bruins-Montreal Canadiens Oct. 18

Buffalo Sabres-Pittsburgh Penguins Oct. 13

Calgary Flames-Vancouver Canucks Oct. 11

Carolina Hurricanes-New York Rangers Oct. 26

Chicago Blackhawks-Columbus Blue Jackets Oct. 13

Colorado Avalanche-St. Louis Blues Oct. 11

Columbus Blue Jackets-Vancouver Canucks Oct. 19

Dallas Stars-Phoenix Coyotes Oct. 16

Detroit Red Wings-Nashv...

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